New Work Department

A Theatrical Laboratory

The New Work Department is based at the NT Studio and is the engine room of the National’s creative process, developing work and artists for the NT ’s stages and beyond.

Since its foundation in 1984, the NT Studio has played a vital role in developing work for the National Theatre. It is a resource for a wide range of artists working throughout British theatre, providing an environment in which writers, actors and practitioners of all kinds can explore, experiment and devise new work free from the pressure of public performance. The Studio building on The Cut is equipped with three workshop studios, five artists’ rooms, meeting rooms and the technical capacity to support cross art-form and multimedia work at the highest levels. In autumn 2015, the Studio became the home of the National Theatre’s New Work Department, bringing the Literary Department together with the Studio team to create a laboratory for theatrical experimentation of all kinds.