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New Views

New Views

New Views is the National Theatre’s annual playwriting programme for 14 to 19-year-olds.

Every year, hundreds of students from across the UK learn about playwriting from some of the finest writers in the industry and write their own 30-minute plays. One play will then be selected to be produced at the NT with a professional cast and crew, alongside rehearsed readings of the shortlisted plays.

The online course, written by playwright Jemma Kennedy, is accessible to everyone, but participating schools and colleges have the unique benefit of in-school workshops with professional writers, tickets to National Theatre productions or NT Live broadcasts, CPD for teachers, support from the National Theatre Learning Department and entry into the New Views playwriting programme.

This year we are working with 90 schools nationwide and with Theatre Royal Wakefield, Leeds Playhouse and Bristol Old Vic.

Find out more about New Views course content on our microsite.

The National Theatre's Partner for Learning is Bank of America.

New Views is supported by:
Old Possum’s Practical Trust
Chapman Charitable Trust
Golsoncott Foundation
The Steel Charitable Trust

Take part in New Views

To take part in New Views 2020/2021 please fill in our expression of interest form.

What will students gain from taking part in New Views?

Through participating in the New Views programme students will have the unique and exciting opportunity to:

  • Explore their talent and sharpen their approach to research
  • Develop and articulate ideas on key ethical questions and dilemmas
  • Develop their engagement with theatre and an understanding of the power of theatre to engage audiences in debate
  • Develop transferable skills for employment and further study including self-management, communication, application of literacy and critical engagement with subject material

Who can take part?

Any school or college can apply to participate in the programme.

• New Views is aimed at school years 10 - 13, although slightly younger students may take part at the discretion of individual schools and colleges.


How much does it cost to take part?

State Schools: £300 (Bursaries are available if the cost is a barrier to participation; contact us to find out more.)

Independent Schools: £600 (This fee includes sponsoring a state school to take part in New Views. Independent schools invite a state school to take part and sponsor the cost of their place on New Views. The National Theatre will support independent schools in finding a local state school)

To find out more about the New Views timeline and how it works click here.

WARNING: The materials used in this programme sometimes contain strong language and controversial subject matter which some might find offensive.
N.B. The views expressed in recorded interviews are those of the playwrights only, and not of the National Theatre.

If you have any questions about the programme, or require any further information, please contact