• Video collection

    Get an insight into theatre-making at the National Theatre with our extensive collection of videos on acting, design, writing and much more.

    Watch all our Backstage videos, or start by watching these selected videos:

  • Connections

    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.

  • National Theatre: On Demand, In Schools

    From September 2015, classrooms across the UK will be able to experience the National Theatre’s smash-hit productions of Hamlet, Othello and Frankenstein.

  • Teaching Resources

    Free, beautifully designed, easy-to-use resources.

    We create new videos, podcasts, interviews, resource packs and interactives all the time. Visit us regularly to discover new materials.

  • Platforms

    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.

  • Clore Learning Centre

    This autumn, why not learn something new at the National Theatre?

    Get hands on with all aspects of theatre-making, from playwriting to mask-making to in-depth talks, all delivered by National Theatre artists and experts.

  • Join the Playmakers: Clore Learning Centre activity

    The Clore Learning Centre

    Ever wondered how sets are created?
    Hungry to engage in debate about theatre?
    Want to learn how to turn an idea into a play?

  • Archive

    The NT Archive is open to everyone by appointment. Browse these pages for information on our services and resources.

  • Learning

    The National offers lifelong learning about and through theatre: discover new skills and experience the excitement of theatre-making.

  • Theatreworks

    Communication-skills training for adults drawing on techniques used by actors and directors to encourage confident and creative communication.

  • Your National Theatre

    Your memories are creating a unique record that will form a vital part of the history of the National Theatre for future generations. Give us your memory and see it appear beside Alan Bennett's and Tom Hiddleston's.

  • Images of Rory Kinnear (Hamlet), Benedict Cumbrbatch and Jonny Lee Miller (Frankenstein) and Rory Kinnear and Adrian Lester (Othello)

    Schools Streaming Service

    Teachers can stream the National Theatre smash-hit productions of Hamlet, Othello and Frankenstein direct to your classroom for free.

Featured Content

Discover 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.

NT Channel

  • Careers at the National Theatre: Draughtsperson and Digital Artist

    Emma Pile works in the 3D office at the National Theatre, creating technical drawings of the set designs for our three stages.

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  • National Theatre: On Demand. In Schools

    From September 2015, classrooms across the UK will be able to stream the National Theatre’s smash-hit productions of Hamlet, Othello and Frankenstein for free.

    More info

  • Costume, Wigs and Make-up at the National Theatre

    This film explores the work of the costume department and the skills that go into making the world of a play.

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