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Work Placements

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Work Placements

Please read this page carefully before applying

The aim of the Work Placement programme at the National Theatre is to create opportunities in theatre for as many people as possible, across a broad range of disciplines and departments.

Please complete BOTH forms to apply, and send to [email protected]. Please read the placement outline and application guidance before applying. If you do not follow these guidelines you application may not be accepted

  • Work Placements at the NT are for people aged 18 and over, and are offered in a variety of different departments. Any one under 18 can view the Learning

  • Placements are open to over 18s studying at a UK educational institution (school, college, university) and those who have left education since March 2020.

  • If the department you are interested in is currently accepting applications for work placements please view the role outlines and use the question sheet provided to apply for the role.

  • You are able to apply for more than one department but you must use a separate question sheet for each department.

  • It is advised that you apply for a placement as far in advance as possible as popular departments receive a number of requests for placements and fill up spaces quickly.

  • Each department will have different times in which they are accepting applications, it is not possible to accept speculative applications. 

  • All applications must be made using the forms; CVs are not permitted. 

  • If the department you are interested in is listed but not currently offering work placement please check back here soon, as there are regular updates made to this page. We politely ask that you do not contact departments directly.​


PLEASE NOTE: Placements will NOT be available in Acting, Writing, Directing, Producing, Casting or Set Design.

If you have any questions or require any assistance with your application you can email [email protected] We do endeavour to respond to all applications, however we do ask for your patience.

We want our placements to be representative of all sections of society and welcome applications from everyone aged 18 and over.

To apply please send BOTH of the below forms to [email protected] . Please send in one email.

1. Work Placement Application Information Sheet

2. Work Placement  Application Page

Remember to read the application guidelines and the placement outline for the department before applying. The placement outlines will only be visible if a department is taking applications.  

Application Guidelines 

Placement outline accompanies the department listing. 

Departments currently advertising for placements:

Please only apply for the departments listed here.


Costume placements will be available in Costume Workroom; Men’s tailoring or Women’s Costume Making, Costume Props, Costume Buying.  Please specify which area you are interested in your application. Placements normally last two weeks

Please read the Placement Outline before applying. 


Stage Crew

The Stage department is made up of the stage crews in the Olivier, Lyttelton and Dorfman theatres in the NT building. Stage crew placements last between 3-4 weeks and are usually focused around fit up and tech period. 

Please read the Placement Outline before applying.  


Please only apply using forms at the top of the page

Departments not currently advertising (please do not apply):

Stage Management

The Stage Management department at the NT are a key part in the organisation and coordination of an NT production. We offer 4-6 week placements for candidates interested in a career in Stage Management.  The placements will be show specific and will give successful candidates the opportunity to gain an accurate view and experience of a busy Stage Management department.


Placements in the Wigs, Hair and Make-Up department last two weeks and are based almost entirely around wig dressing; a good understanding of wig dressing is required. Applicants need to be on year two or three of a relevant course or have equivalent experience.


NT Learning gives everyone the chance to discover new skills and experience the excitement of theatre, through inspiring projects at the National Theatre, in schools and with people of all ages across the UK. Placements should be in second or third year of a relevant course in drama and theatre studies, applied drama or arts management, or have equivalent experience which could be from employment or training.

Scenic Painting

Placements in the Scenic Studio last two weeks. Applicants should be on year two or three of a relevant course or have equivalent experience

Please read the Placement Outline before applying.  

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