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  • King Lear

    by William Shakespeare

    'Never ceases to astonish.'
    Evening Standard

    ‘Sam Mendes and Simon Russell Beale's production is worth the wait.' Independent

    More tickets now on public sale. Good availability for performances from 3 June.

  • A Small Family Business

    by Alan Ayckbourn

    Playing until 27 August

    'Classic Ayckbourn. Delivers laughs and chills with great panache' Daily Telegraph

    A Small Family Business will also be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on 12 June by National Theatre Live.

  • The Silver Tassie

    Ireland, World War One. From the Dublin tenements to the trenches.

    Sean O’Casey’s powerful, huge and rarely performed anti-war play, in a new production by Howard Davies.

    Now in previews - some good seats available this week.


  • A Taste of Honey

    by Shelagh Delaney

    One of the great defining and taboo-breaking plays of the 1950s. 

    Mail on Sunday 

    Evening Standard

    Playing until 11 May

  • The Elephantom

    Transfers to the New London Theatre

    From 30 June

    'The National Theatre has another hit on its hands.'

    'Full of fun. Magical.
    The Times

Featured Content

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

NT Channel

  • Home - behind the scenes

    This film looks at the creation of this story, featuring interviews with director and writer Nadia Fall, musicians Tom Green and Shakka Philips, and cast member Grace Savage.

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  • A Taste of Honey: Shelagh Delaney and Joan Littlewood

    Shelagh Delaney wrote A Taste of Honey when she was nineteen, sending the script to Joan Littlewood at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. It became one of the great defining and taboo-breaking plays of the 1950s.

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  • A guide to making verbatim theatre

    Robin Belfield gives advice on how to create your own piece of verbatim theatre.

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