• 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:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

    In October 2014 we open our dedicated centre for people of all ages to get hands on, practical experience of theatre making.

  • Clore Learning Centre

    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?

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    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.

  • Backstage Tours with view behind the scenes

    Backstage Tours

    Our guides lead you backstage, revealing the secrets that bring our work to the stage.

  • National Theatre Live in cinemas

    National Theatre Live

    National Theatre Live is an exciting initiative to broadcast live performances of the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world.

  • 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.

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    National Theatre near you

    You can see National Theatre productions on tour, in London and in cinemas across the UK and around the world.

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    About the National Theatre

    Read about the purpose, vision and objectives of the National Theatre. With sections on Who's who, Annual Reports, FAQs on the National and the Studio.

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    50th Anniversary

    The National Theatre first opened its doors in 1963 at the Old Vic under Laurence Olivier. Eight hundred productions later, we are marking our half-century with a short season of events. Visit our 50th Anniversary website to find out how you can join us, wherever you live.

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

  • A brief history of commedia

    This film gives an overview of the history of Commedia dell'arte with Didi Hopkins.

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  • Vocal warm-up #3 – Opening up the voice

    Jeannette Nelson works with the actors to open their voices up.

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  • David Thacker on Broken Glass

    Daniel Rosenthal introduces clips from his interview with director David Thacker, about Arthur Miller's Broken Glass, originally titled Gellburg and their working relationship.

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