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Two female actors performing Barrier(s) - the New Views winning play 2022

At the National Theatre, we make theatre that is entertaining and inspiring. And we make it for everyone. Therefore, we know we need to adapt, develop and be responsive to the needs of all the people we work with.

Read on to discover our programme and how it can be adapted for the best learning experience possible.

Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss adapting any of our programmes.

Email the Learning department

Primary schools

Children playing during a workshop in school, with one child holding a shoe against another child's chest

Secondary schools

The cast performing the winning play during New Views Festival 2023
From left to right: Omar Bynon, Brandon Grace, Rithvik Andugula, Kieran Taylor-Ford 3.2.1 Photos @ Emma Hare


The National Theatre aims to be welcoming and accessible to all. We have a range of Access performances available, as well as additional schemes for support such as: 

  • Audio described performances on stage and online
  • Touch tours on stage
  • BSL interpreted on stage
  • Captioned performances on stage and online
  • Chilled, Sensory adapted and Dementia friendly performances on stage
  • Wheelchair users, performance and physical access information
  • Building and theatre access for wheelchair users and people with mobility issues
  • Access Scheme unlocking tickets that offer the best experience for you

Find out more about access at the National Theatre

Watch theatre

Hamlet workshop 2023 photo © Harry Elletson
New Views Festival 2023 photo © Emma Hare
Connections 2023 photo © Jimmy Lee

Our funders

The Mohn Westlake Foundation supports nationwide Learning programmes for young people.

Access at the National Theatre is supported by Christina Smith Foundation, The Band Trust and The Stanley Kalms Foundation.

Nationwide learning is supported by Buffini Chao Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Clore Duffield Foundation, Tim and Sarah Bunting, Behrens Foundation, Cleopatra Trust and Milton Grundy Foundation.

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