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About the National Theatre

The National Theatre entrance at night

The National Theatre’s mission is to make world-class theatre, for everyone.  

We create and share unforgettable stories with audiences across the UK and around the world - whether on our stages on London's South Bank, on tour, in schools, on cinema screens, or streaming at home. We aim to be as inclusive, diverse and sustainable as possible. 

The National Theatre empowers artists and craftspeople to make world-leading work, investing in talent and developing new productions with a range of theatre companies at our New Work Department

Our nation thrives on fresh talent and new ideas, so we work extensively with young people and teachers across the UK through performance, writing and technical learning programmes to ignite the creativity of the next generation. In London, our programme of talks, events and workshops opens up theatre to people of all ages.

We create ambitious new works of participatory theatre through our Public Acts programme, building on sustained partnerships with theatres and community organisations across the UK who share our vision of theatre as a force for change.

We extend our reach through digital programmes including National Theatre Live, which broadcasts some of the best of British theatre to over 2,500 venues in 65 countries, the National Theatre Collection which makes recordings of shows available to UK schools and the global education sector, and now our streaming platform National Theatre at Home.

Whether you’ve been to the National many times or are making your first visit, we hope you will be entertained, challenged and inspired.

It's your National Theatre. Welcome.