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Primary Theatre: The Winter's Tale

Primary Theatre: The Winter's Tale


Introduce your pupils to the wonderful world of Shakespeare

An inspiring programme which offers children in years 4 - 6 a thrilling experience of Shakespeare in performance, underpinned by an in-depth creative learning programme with a focus on literacy. 

Following the huge success in 2018, The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare, specially adapted for primary schools by Justin Audibert, returns in Spring 2019.

Perdita is a brave, intelligent and much-loved girl, but something is not quite right in her world. Join her on a journey through magic and mayhem as she uncovers her story – the girl who was once lost and then found. This exciting new version of Shakespeare's play is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for younger audiences.

WARNING: watch out for pursuing bears.

The programme will consist of:

  • A performance of a high-quality Shakespeare production either in your school or at the National Theatre (duration 60 minutes)
  • Creative learning options to suit your school; either a one-off pre-show workshop for your class or an in-depth education programme that includes CPD and teacher resources


  • £800 for a performance in your school (up to 4 classes/120 children)
  • £250 per class for a performance at the National Theatre
  • £100 per class for Creative learning option A (pre-show workshop per class)
  • £200 per class for Creative learning option B (4 workshops per class, plus Teacher CPD)

A stunning show: definitely the best thing I have ever seen for schools and a brilliant way to develop the children's interest in high-quality literature and theatre.
Literacy Coordinator – Barlby Primary School on Romeo and Juliet 2017

Booking now open for The Winter's Tale

Booking for Primary Theatre:
There are limited places remaining for Primary Theatre: The Winter's Tale. For more information and to book please contact Rio Fry at

This project is open to London state primary schools.

There are a limited number of places available for Primary Theatre. Where demand is high, priority will be given to schools with a high proportion of relatively high levels of deprived pupils (as measured by those who are eligible for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium).

On The Winter’s Tale 2018:

Seeing the children’s final writing production was beyond incredible!
Literacy Coordinator - Ark Atwood Primary

It was brilliant. All of the children were open mouthed and enthralled from start to finish.
Year 4 Teacher - Gallions Mount Primary

Bursary Support
The National Theatre wants to ensure that a wide range of schools can take part in the NT Learning Primary programme including those for which the programme costs present a significant barrier to participation. For Primary Theatre we offer a limited number of bursaries providing a significant reduction in cost. Should you be interested in applying for a bursary and would like to find out more about whether your school would be eligible, please contact Rio Fry on the number or email above.

Supported by: The Ingram Trust, Archie Sherman Charitable Trust, Behrens Foundation, Cleopatra Trust, The Ernest Cook Trust, Jill and David Leuw, Mulberry Trust, Newcomen Collett Foundation, The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, St Olave's Foundation Fund, and The Topinambour Trust.

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