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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.

  • 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

    Playing until 3 February

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

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