The National Theatre will always continue to create and share unforgettable stories with millions of people 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.
While the 2020/21 financial year was difficult for everyone, we also learned that theatre has the power to bring us together, even at moments when we have to be apart. The National Theatre teams worked incredibly hard - delivering projects with deep commitment, a passion for theatre and a huge capacity for innovation. Here are some of the highlights:
- National Theatre at Home productions were viewed 15 million times in 173 countries – our free YouTube series of 16 plays started in April 2020, including our productions of One Man, Two Guvnors, Barber Shop Chronicles, Twelfth Night, and Frankenstein.
- The Olivier Theatre reopened in October with Clint Dyer and Roy Williams’ Death of England: Delroy and in November with Dick Whittington by Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd.
- 280,000 people watched these productions for free on YouTube, after returning restrictions closed both productions at short notice.
- Community members in Doncaster, Hornchurch and London continued to work with our Public Acts programme to create short musical film, We Begin Again, a podcast series, Stories to Get Us Through and a storytelling cabaret The Magic of Wild Heather.