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The Threepenny Opera company in rehearsals


As the nation's theatre we want to reflect the diversity of the population of the United Kingdom in our work on stage, our audience, our workforce.

Our commitments:

  • Set and meet targets for the directors, writers and actors on our stages
  • Develop a workforce that is at least as diverse as the UK
  • Support the performing arts sector in this area
  • Develop a culture where diversity is hard-wired into everything we do, is understood by all of us, and where we all have an opportunity to be a part of this ongoing conversation


Our ambition is to achieve greater diversity in the areas of Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation, disability, gender, sexuality, faith, class and age.

This strategy is only the first step towards achieving our ambitions. We have established targets for BAME and gender representation, and are working towards having targets in place for people with disabilities by the end of this financial year. Disability is a complex topic and to ensure that our targets are as meaningful as possible we are working with colleagues from the d/Deaf and disabled theatre communities to help us set these.

As important as these targets are they do not tell the whole story of the National’s diversity agenda – we seek to create an inclusive organisation in which all people feel valued, can be themselves and feel that their voices are heard.

This is just the beginning and our policy will evolve and develop over time as the world around us changes, and as we learn more along the journey.


Our Diversity section was last updated in September 2018.