On 15 April 1989, Terry Fitzgibbon and his two sons survived the disaster at Hillsborough in which nearly a hundred fans were crushed during a Liverpool football match. Nine years later, Terry is still haunted by survivor's guilt and his struggle to come to terms with the tragedy that shook a city is tearing his family apart.
Colin Tierney, who stars as Terry, was last seen at the National as Cassio in Sam Mendes' production of Othello. Previous stage work includes The Machine Wreckers (at the National), Ivanov (Almeida), Henry IV (RSC) and Sienna Red (Peter Hall Company).
Tierney is joined by Jake Abraham, Samantha Lavelle, Elaine Lordan, Tina Malone, Kieran O'Brien, Robert Perkins, Carl Rice and Tracy Wilkinson.
Guiding Star is directed by Gemma Bodinetz whose previous work includes Chimps and Paper Husband (Hampstead Theatre), Caravan (Bush) and Dead Funny (national tour). Design is by Bruce Macadie, lighting by Tina MacHugh and music by Richard Harvey.
Also in the National's new schedule, which runs 5 October to 12 December, is a revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal, twenty years after the play received its world premiere in the National's Lyttelton Theatre. Directed by RNT artistic director Trevor Nunn, the cast of Betrayal includes Anthony Calf, Douglas Hodge and Imogen Stubbs. Betrayal opens 24 November (previews from 14 November).
Last year's acclaimed Christmas production of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan will also be revived this year with a new director, Fiona Laird, and a new cast, which includes Michael Bryant as the storyteller. Peter Pan opens 17 December (previews from 10 December).