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The National theatre has to be the place where artists come to make their best work, and we believe these artists should be a reflection of the diversity of this country.

Our ambition is to achieve greater diversity in the areas of gender, race, disability, sexuality, socio-economic background, faith and age.

As part of our plan to increase diversity on our stages, we set a number of publicly available targets to indicate our progress. As important as these targets are, they do not tell the whole story of the National’s work on diversity – we seek to create an inclusive organisation in which all people feel valued, can be themselves and feel that their voices are heard.

Our commitments:

  • Set and meet targets for the directors, writers and actors on our stages
  • Develop a workforce that is at least as diverse as the UK
  • Support the performing arts sector in this area
  • Develop a culture where diversity is hard-wired into everything we do, is understood by all of us, and where we all have an opportunity to be a part of this ongoing conversation


In July 2020, we published more detailed diversity data as part of our response to the #TheatresPullUpOrShutUp industry call to action: 
You can find our response here (PDF 138KB).

In May 2021, we posted an update on action around diversity and inclusion, including a timetable for publishing further data.