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  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers

    a new play by David Hare
    based on the book by Katherine Boo

    ★★★★

    'David Hare’s adaptation of Katherine Boo’s acclaimed study of a Mumbai slum breaks new ground for the National' Observer

    Extra dates added. Best availability from January.

  • JOHN

    a co-production with DV8 Physical Theatre

    a work conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson

    ★★★★★
    ‘Explosive. Magnificently performed.’
    Kurier, Vienna

    Now playing. Travelex £15 Tickets available.

  • Treasure Island

    by Robert Louis Stevenson
    adapted by Bryony Lavery

    Mutiny. Mystery. Murder.

    This winter, the classic story is brought to life on the Olivier stage in a thrilling new production.

    Suitable for 10yrs+

    Playing from 3 December.
    Tickets selling fast - book now.

  • 3 Winters

    a new play by Tena Štivičić

    Croatia 1945 – 2011
    Set against a country in turmoil, an eclectic family is held together by the courage to survive

    27 November – 3 February

  • Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

    Richard Bean's anarchic satire about the press, the police, and the political establishment.

    ★★★★
    ‘Laughter-making on an industrial scale.’ Independent

    The NT's smash-hit production now playing in the West End

  • Rules for Living

    a new play by Sam Holcroft

    Marianne Elliott (Curious Incident) directs a brand new dark comedy in the Dorfman Theatre.

    Playing from 13 March

Featured Content

Discover more about the art of making theatre by exploring our video collection on theatre practices and practitioners.

NT Channel

  • The Hour

    In 2012, filmmaker Pinny Grylls ventured backstage to capture actors during the hour before their stage entrance. Watch this behind-the-scenes documentary to discover how actors prepare... More info

  • What is a Movement Director?

    Find out about the role of the Movement Director in this short film with Joseph Alford, Kate Flatt, Imogen Knight and Diane Alison-Mitchell.

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  • An interview with David Hare

    David Hare offers advice to young writers and an insight into his writing career.

    More info