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Why Support: On Stage and Touring

War Horse

Why Support: On Stage and Touring

The NT’s repertoire is what drives our artists, technicians and performers to create their finest work. Our aim is to draw from the whole world of drama, with a specific focus on the creation of new work and representing the widest range of voices. 

On Stage

Our home on the South Bank contains three theatres (Olivier, Lyttelton and Dorfman), where we present an eclectic mix of new plays and classics. The addition of the temporary theatre on the riverfront has given us scope to include even more diverse productions into our repertoire. These four theatres together present over 30 productions annually, while a typical night can see us play host to up to 2,690 audience members.

In addition to presenting the widest range of voices on our stages, we are committed to making the National Theatre accessible to the widest possible audience. Since 2003, support from Travelex has meant we can offer over 100,000 seats a year at just £15 and our top-price tickets cost just £55.







Touring & Transfers

Touring and collaborating with other companies in the UK allow us to contribute to the health of British theatre and embrace what it means to be a truly national theatre. In 2013-14, the National reached an audience of 392,122 through touring in the UK. Our recent touring productions have included national tours of War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and One Man, Two Guvnors.

The NT’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time first opened in the Cottesloe Theatre in 2012 and now runs in the West End at the Gielgud Theatre – having toured the UK it also made its Broadway debut in 2014 and went on to win five Tony Awards.

War Horse, which began its amazing journey with workshops at the NT Studio, first opened on the Olivier stage and then transferred to the New London Theatre. As well as touring the UK and internationally, and debuting on Broadway in April 2011, War Horsehas also been the basis of international collaborations. The German-language production which opened in Berlin in October 2013 was the first non-English-language production of the show, and the NT partnered with the National Theatre of China on a co-production in Mandarin which opened in September 2015. 

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