This summer the Theatre is turning itself inside out. A packed festival programme brings a flavour of what normally goes on inside the building - in the theatres themselves and backstage - onto the riverside terraces and squares.
Visit Inside Out for a day-to-day listing of the Inside Out programme.
Watch This Space Festival
Breathtaking aerialists, stunning tango danced in flames and epic juggling are among the highlights of an explosive programme of free outdoor entertainment that will fill Theatre Square for a summer of music and mayhem, divas and daredevils, circus and dance, fire, fury, fun and frivolity.
The Pop-up Workshop
Join us for a summer of theatre-making on the Waterloo terrace. Try your hand at puppetry, prop-making and performance with NT artists. Learn about stage combat, costumes and the art of slapstick. All workshops FREE.
Plus storytelling and intimate performances for the very young, including Draw Me a Bird for ages 4+, Cloud Man for 4 - 7 year olds, Wise Words, Curious Creatures and a new play about Shakespeare's children, Cesario, for ages 7+, and The Devil, The Tsar & the Three Dry Biscuits for ages 8+.
Then for ages 12+ there is What Will Survive of Us? performed by Islington Community Theatre, and for ages 16+, I Would Not, a challenging piece of devised theatre performed by Made in Bristol.
Inside Out Inside
From 9 - 26 June, Me and My Shadow sees an interactive pod, linking four European cities, transporting people live to a shared digital space with life-sized projections and dynamic sound. Two exhibitions, Staging War Horse (18 June - 9 September) and The Making of Timon, in association with the British Museum (17 July - 9 September), will bring backstage to the front of house, following the productions' journey from the National Theatre's Studio, workshops and rehearsal rooms - the hidden spaces that make the Theatre unique.
Great street food at reasonable prices in a theatrical riverfront café bar. Open seven days a week from 12 noon; Late Lounge with music Friday and Saturday until 2am. Fully licensed, with Meantime draught beer and Sipsmiths spirits. One of this summer's unmissable hang-outs.
We're not the only ones turning inside out this summer...
Inside Out Dorset
The Inside Out Dorset festival returns in 2012 from 31 August to 9 September.
Beautiful, large scale outdoor arts, performed in extraordinary locations across Dorset.
Inside Out: St Andrews
The festival of street theatre and outdoor performance returns to St Andrews from 27 - 29 July 2012.