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An eclectic programme of pre-performance events celebrates all aspects of the arts, offering the chance to learn about the National's work and discover more about theatre in general. Platforms usually start at 6pm, lasting for 45 minutes - there are occasional afternoon events, usually starting at 3pm.
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A national festival of new writing and young theatre making. The concept is simple - exciting new plays, commissioned by the National Theatre and performed by youth theatre groups across the UK, with professional support from the NT and its partner theatres.
Clore Learning Centre
Get hands-on with all aspects of theatre-making in our new Clore Learning Centre, with artists and experts from the National Theatre
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The National offers lifelong learning about and through theatre: discover new skills and experience the excitement of theatre-making.
Communication-skills training for adults drawing on techniques used by actors and directors to encourage confident and creative communication.
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Featured ContentDiscover more about the art of making theatre by exploring our backstage videos and short films about the writers, directors and actors that work at the National Theatre.
Every Child Should Have The Opportunity To Do Drama
A short film about the local children who played the detectives in the National Theatre's 2013 production of Emil and the Detectives.... More info
Modern Interpretations of Greek Chorus
Discover more about the theatre of Ancient Greece, with this film that examines the role of the chorus, a defining aspect of the plays that emerged there between 500BC and... 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.More info