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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.
Vocal warm-up #3 – Opening up the voice
Jeannette Nelson works with the actors to open their voices up.More info
A brief history of commedia
This film gives an overview of the history of Commedia dell'arte with Didi Hopkins.More info
The Silver Tassie: Sean O'Casey and the Abbey Theatre
This film looks at the relationship between Sean O'Casey and the Abbey Theatre which ended in 1928 with the rejection of The Silver Tassie.More info
Talking Lear: Simon Russell Beale on King Lear
Simon Russell Beale talks to Mark Leipacher about taking on the role of King Lear.More info