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In our Staff

National Theatre Staff photo on steps and terraces of the National in Autumn 2016

In our Staff

Our aspiration is for the NT’s workforce to reflect the diversity of the population of the United Kingdom.

Before COVID we were on track to meet our targets relating to staff. The very regrettable reductions we had to make to our workforce because of the financial impact of Coronavirus while we were unable to perform on our stages has, temporarily, had a negative impact on representation in some areas of the organisation. We remain absolutely committed to ensuring we build back a more diverse workforce, especially in the areas where there is now a gap.

Over the course of 2021-22 we will review progress and set new objectives. Our previous targets, to March 2021 were: 

  • 20% of our workforce will be from a BAME background
  • Sustain a gender balanced workforce
  • Maintain a gender pay gap below 5%


Detailed workforce data for 2016-2020 can be found in our response to the #TheatresPullUpOrShutUp industry call to action (PDF 138KB).

The National Theatre is Disability Confident Committed

We are committed to:

  • Ensuring our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
  • Communicating and promoting vacancies through a range of channels
  • Offering an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job
  • Anticipating and providing reasonable adjustments as required
  • Supporting any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition enabling them to stay in work
  • At least one preset activity which will make a difference for disabled people

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