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About the National Theatre

At the National, we make world-class theatre that is entertaining, challenging and inspiring. And we make it for everyone.

The National Theatre entrance at night

We stage over 20 productions at our South Bank home each year. Our programme is broad and inclusive, appealing to the widest possible audiences with new plays, musicals, re-imagined classics and work for young audiences.

The New Work Department collaborates with hundreds of artists each year to develop work for our stages, exploring a diverse range of progressive new voices and forms, and supporting practitioners through development and training.

We want to be as open, as diverse, as collaborative and as national as possible. Our work is seen on tour throughout the UK and internationally, and in collaborations and co-productions with partners across the country. Some of our shows transfer to the West End and Broadway, and through NT Live we broadcast some of the best of British theatre to over 2,000 venues in 60 countries around the world.

Our extensive Learning programme offers talks, events and workshops for people of all ages in the Clore Learning Centre, and reaches nationwide through programmes such as Connections, our annual festival of new plays for schools and youth theatres. Every UK school can stream a selection of our productions in class, for free, using On Demand In Schools. Online, there is a rich variety of innovative digital content on all aspects of theatre.

We do all we can to keep ticket prices affordable and to reach a wide audience. We use our public funding to maintain artistic risk-taking, accessibility and diversity. Whether you’ve been to the National many times or are making your first visit, we hope you will be entertained, challenged and inspired.