National Theatre

The National Theatre makes world-class theatre that is entertaining, challenging, and inspiring. And we make it for everyone. We stage up to 30 productions at our South Bank home each year, ranging from reimagined classics—such as Greek tragedy and Shakespeare—to modern masterpieces and new work by contemporary writers and theater-makers.

The work we make strives to be as open, as diverse, as collaborative, and as national as possible. Much of that new work is researched and developed at the New Work Department: we are committed to nurturing innovative work from new writers, directors, creative artists and performers. Equally, we are committed to education, with a wide-ranging Learning program for all ages in our Clore Learning Centre and in schools and communities across the UK. The National’s work is also seen on tour throughout the UK and internationally, and in collaborations and co-productions with regional theaters. Popular shows transfer to the West End and occasionally to Broadway.

Through National Theatre Live, we broadcast live performances to cinemas around the world. National Theatre: On Demand. In Schools makes acclaimed, curriculum-linked productions free to stream on demand in every primary and secondary school in the country. Online, the NT offers a rich variety of innovative digital content on every aspect of theater.

We do all we can to keep ticket prices affordable and to reach a wide audience, and use our public funding to maintain artistic risk-taking, accessibility, and diversity.