- We work with some of the world’s greatest theatre makers to make around 25 new productions for our stages each year
In 2016 we staged 35 productions, employing 508 actors, 131 musicians
- This award-winning programme is broad across the year in order to appeal to a wide and diverse audience
In 2016 Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom won the Olivier Award for best revival
In 2016 Denise Gough won the Olivier Award for best actress for her performance in People, Places & Things
- Collaborations and co-productions allow us to extend our national reach and to work with a wide range of artists
In 2016-17 this included Chichester (Young Chekhovs), National Theatre of Scotland (Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour), South Bank Sinfonia (Amadeus), Bristol Old Vic (Peter Pan), Birmingham Rep (Love), Out of Joint (Consent), Fuel and West Yorkshire Playhouse (Barber Shop Chronicles)
- Of particular note is we’re here because we’re here, Jeremy Deller’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme on July 1st 2016, directed by Rufus Norris.
There were 1,400 volunteers in this ground-breaking project
It involved 27 partner organisations including the three national theatres working together for the first time
2 million people saw the soldiers in the streets
There were 97,000 posts on social media, with a total reach of 221m
- The New Work Dept was created in 2015-16, bringing together the NT Studio and Literary Departments, and including the Immersive Storytelling Studio. There are around 180 projects in development at any one time.
- The innovative work in the immersive story-telling studio was recognised internationally in February 2017 with a nomination for Home/ Aamir in the VR category of the Social Impact Awards.
- The NT’s Backstage App received a special commendation at the UK’s Digital Magazine Awards.
Made for Everyone
- In 2015-16 we had a global paying audience of 4m, of which 1.5m was NT Live
- Through free, un-ticketed events, digital and TV broadcast we reached a further 3.6m, giving us a total global reach of 7.6m
- We had a UK paying audience of 2.5m, of which 0.7m was NT Live
- 57% of all UK bookers were from outside London
- We gave 3,625 performances of live theatre in 2015-16
Audiences at the NT:
- Audiences voted with their feet and in 2015-16: we were on average 88% full, playing to a 7-year record of 787,000 people on the South Bank, with a “good” or “fantastic” rating of 80% from our audiences
- There were 30% first-time bookers in 2015-16
- Bookers under 35 were up 75% year-on-year
- 155,000 tickets cost £15 or less
- The average age of the NT audience dropped from 55 to 51 in 2015-16
World-leading Learning Programme
- By January 2017, 2,600 schools in the UK, including 44% of all state secondary schools in the country had signed up to On Demand In Schools. Two-thirds of these schools are located outside of London and the South East. 280 of them are primary schools.
- There were 181,000 Learning participations in 2015-16
- July 2016 saw Connections celebrate its 21st birthday: 7,152 participants from 487 youth and school groups staged a Connections play at one of 45 partner theatres across the UK
- In 2017, primary and secondary schools tours of Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet will visit 93 schools, playing to over 9,000 pupils
Shared right across the UK and around the world
- During 2015-16 we worked with 63 theatres across the UK
- NT Live is in over 2,000 cinemas and 55 countries around the world
- In September 2015 we opened War Horse in Mandarin in Beijing in partnership with the National Theatre of China playing for 200 performances in 5 Chinese cities
- In 2015-16 Curious Incident became the longest-running play on Broadway in the last 30 years and winning 5 Tonys
- Curious Incident began a 52 week US tour at the Kennedy Centre in September 2016
- Tours of Curious Incident, Jane Eyre, and War Horse will visit 30 cities in 2017 and 2018 and a small to mid-scale tour of My Country will visit 14 venues.
Looking ahead: programme highlights in 2017
- The range of productions, writers and directors for 2017 includes:
Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Patrick Marber, Directed by Ivo Van Hove
Angels in America, by Tony Kushner, Directed by Marianne Elliott
Salomé, in a new version by Yaël Farber
Pinocchio, directed by John Tiffany
Follies, directed by Dominic Cook
Network, adapted by Lee Hall and directed by Ivo van Hove with Bryan Cranston in the lead role
Mosquitos, a new play by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Rufus Norris