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Key facts and figures

Jane Eyre production image

Key facts and figures

At the National, we make world-class theatre that is entertaining, challenging and inspiring. And we make it for everyone.

  1. We were 93% full at our South Bank home in 2016-17, making it the best attended programme in 12 years.
  2. We’re on the road – in 2017-18 there are 6 shows on the road across the UK in 36 towns and cities. They are performing for a whopping 115 touring weeks combined.
  3. Over 30% of our tickets cost £20 or less.
  4. Worldwide, there were 7.8 million engagements with us in 2016-17 through live theatre and events, NT Live broadcasts, television and radio broadcasts, learning and participation activity, and interactions with in-depth digital content.
  5. More than 50% of state secondary schools have signed up to use On Demand in Schools, our free streaming service and resources available to all UK schools.
  6. NT Live now broadcasts productions to 2,500 screens in 60 countries, including over 650 screens across the UK from Penzance to the Shetland Islands.
  7. In 2016-17 we reached just under 200,000 participations across the whole Learning programme.
  8. Over 3,500 people worked at the National Theatre in 2016-17 - from actors, to ushers, to administrative staff. In fact, we are technically one of the largest factories in central London, with hundreds of skilled craftspeople, practitioners and artists working together to produce world-class theatre.
  9. War Horse continues to gallop into theatres around the world in its 10th anniversary year. Over 9 million people have seen the production to date.
  10. Our New Work Department has around 200 projects in development, and receives around 1,500 open-submission scripts in their mailbag every year.
  11. We received grants totalling £18.2m from Arts Council England in 2016-17, representing 17% of our income that year. Grants allow us to run our learning and participation programmes, to protect our lowest ticket prices, and to invest in the development of world-leading artists.
  12. Public funding for the arts makes up just 0.05% of Government spending and delivers a return of £5 in taxes for every £1 invested. This modest investment in the Arts is one of the reasons why the Creative Industries are the fastest growing part of the UK economy.

Annual Review

Dive into our detailed review of what we got up to last financial year.

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Barber Shop Chronicles Cast

Discover Backstage

Go backstage and see all the work that goes on behind the scenes to bring our productions to the stage.

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Workshop backstage

Support us

Our enormously generous supporters help us make work for our stages and across the UK.

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Primary Schools: children in a workshop

Funding & Finance

We rely on a mixed income of ticket and commercial revenue, grants and philanthropy.

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Peter Pan rehearsal image with John Leader Toby Olie