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Theatre Nation Partnerships

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Theatre Nation Partnerships

Theatre Nation Partnerships is our nationwide strategic touring project which aims to grow and sustain engagement with theatre in England.

The project sees us join forces with theatres in six areas around the country, where we are helping to broaden and increase their audience for drama through touring, working with schools, and creating theatre with local communities.

Where are the partner areas?


Theatre Nation Partnerships is generously supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund and Garfield Weston Foundation.

The Story So Far

Between 2017-2021 the programme exceeded its target of reaching ​200,000 people from under-engaged areas and demographics, working with 215,987 audiences, participants, and artists.

100% of partners state that the programme has enabled them to share expertise and ideas and 96% feel that they have developed their skills.

National Theatre plays have toured to multiple partner venues, including War Horse, Macbeth, A Taste of Honey, Hedda Gabler, LOVE, and Home, I'm Darling

Two specially adapted tours of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time visited schools in all six partner regions, allowing our partner theatres to forge strong relationships with high priority local schools. A specially adapted version of Macbeth also toured to secondary schools in Doncaster, Sunderland and Wakefield.

Public Acts have worked in-depth with community organisations in Outer East London (with Queen's Theatre Hornchurch) and Doncaster (with Cast) on a wide range of creative projects. More information about Public Acts can be found here. 

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and theatre closures, NT productions of Romeo and Juliet and Dick Whittington were streamed to schools in all our partner areas, supported by digital and physical learning resources. 


What Next?

A brand new schools tour of Jekyll & Hyde will tour to areas in 2022. 

Speak Up, a new nationwide project for schools in our partner areas will see young people working in collaboration with local artists and teachers to lead creative projects in response to issues that are most important to them.

We continue to meet as a network and plan for future collaborations on touring, audience development, and digital opportunities. 


Jekyll & Hyde 2022 schools tour

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Specially adapted in a new version for schools touring, Jekyll & Hyde is a radical re-imagining by playwright Evan Placey, directed by Kirsty Housley.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Logo graphic for 2019 schools tour of Curious Incident

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time toured in 2018 and 2019 to schools in London and the NT’s Theatre Nation Partnership areas. This 90 minute version by Simon Stephens was re-staged in the round specifically for schools audiences.

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