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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.
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.
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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
Ever wondered how sets are created?
Hungry to engage in debate about theatre?
Want to learn how to turn an idea into a play?
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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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From September you can stream the National Theatre smash-hit productions of Hamlet, Othello and Frankenstein direct to your classroom for free.
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.
National Theatre: On Demand. In Schools - Othello
From September 2015, classrooms across the UK will be able to stream the National Theatre’s smash-hit production of Othello for education purposes, supported by comprehensive learning resources produced by teachers and leading artists.More info
Women in Greek Theatre
This film explores the role of women in Ancient Greek society and the representation of female identity in Antigone, Women of Troy and Medea.More info
Creating Chorus: Leading Exercise
In the second part of this collection, Aline David explores leading exercises with a group of actors.More info