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Bring your imaginations to the Clore Learning Centre and discover the skills and secrets behind productions at the National Theatre.


Have a go at designing a costume; learn how our actors perform realistic fights on stage; try your hand at composing inspired by music from our productions; meet some of the team who work behind the scenes to bring NT productions to life.

Madame Kalamazoo's Magical Mail

Madame Kalamazoo is a mysterious storyteller who arrived from the Blue Moon at the start of lockdown. She writes funny daily stories for children and will send them to you for FREE via the National Theatre by email. The magical thing about her stories is that they have your children in them as the main characters!

Madame Kalamazoo’s stories are suitable for playful minds of any age, but so far 5-11 year olds seem to like them best.

Find out more about Madame Kalamazoo!

Magical Mail from Madame Kalamazoo - collaged illustration of Madam Kalamazoo, using cut-out newspaper for her hair and clothes and line-drawn face, surrounded by images of scissors, a whale, a goat, chairs and a paper boat.

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Family Tours - Children Go Free

Treat your family to a backstage pass with one of our specially tailored family tours.  Visit unseen and backstage areas of the theatre, discover props from past National Theatre productions and try on a costume! 

Tours last approx. 60 minutes and are suitable for children aged 5-12. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults accompanied by a child. Each adult may only be responsible for a maximum of 3 children.

Tickets £13  – for each paying adult up to three children go free. 

The next Family Tours are 20 and 21 February 2020.

Please email [email protected] for further details and to book.

National Theatre: All About Theatre

‘A brilliant introduction to the world of theatre and the people who make it’
Benedict Cumberbatch

National Theatre: All About Theatre is a richly illustrated hardback book for ages 10+, specially designed to take children behind the scenes and open up the world of theatre.

With over 128 colourful pages, this unique and lively book shows how plays like War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and many others are made, from the first idea to the final curtain.

Buy a copy of All About Theatre from our online bookshop

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