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Explore our learning hub of educational resources and teaching tools to support creative learning in the classroom.

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Learning Hub Filters

The Learning Hub is our new free, online library of National Theatre resources. Find teaching tools for curriculum set texts or explore creativity, literacy and oracy using theatre and drama skills.

The Hub includes:

  • Free downloadable PDF resources
  • Short-form videos with educational content
  • Learning outcomes and production information
  • Suitability and content warnings

You can filter by key stage and theatre style, or simply search for keywords or production areas, such as performance skills.

Whether you’re looking for new ways to teach English, drama, and theatre studies, or to support your own learning, the Learning Hub is your gateway.

 

Shakespeare essentials

Delve into Shakespeare with insights on staging, characters, themes and more.

Hamlet: A Character Study - Shakespeare - education resource
KS4 KS5
Actor Rory Kinnear laughing whilst lying in a suitcase, a production image from the 2010 National Theatre production of Hamlet

Hamlet: A Character Study - Shakespeare - education resource

Drama English Performing Arts
Twelfth Night: Disguises - Shakespeare - education resource
KS4 KS5

Twelfth Night: Disguises - Shakespeare - education resource

Drama English Performing Arts
Othello: Othello and Iago - Shakespeare - education resource
KS4 KS5

Othello: Othello and Iago - Shakespeare - education resource

Drama English Performing Arts

Primary inspiration

Creative activities all about theatre-making, designed to spark imagination and inspire young minds.

In Search of Greek Theatre

Video series on Greek plays staged at the National Theatre, drawing on the resources of the Archive.

Widening the curriculum

Ensure a range of voices are represented in the classroom and acknowledge the impact of colonialism on how we learn and teach.

Small Island rehearsal diaries
KS3 KS4 KS5

Small Island rehearsal diaries

Drama English Performing Arts
How We Made it: The Boy With Two Hearts - education resource
KS3 KS4 KS5
The Boy with Two Hearts poster image photomontage of two young boys, birds flying in the sky, people walking in single file and a mosque and buildings

How We Made it: The Boy With Two Hearts - education resource

Directing Drama Lighting, sound, video Performing Arts Production Arts
The Great Wave rehearsal diaries
KS4 KS5

The Great Wave rehearsal diaries

Directing Drama English Performance skills Performing Arts Playwriting

West End wonders

Explore our hit West End shows, featuring rehearsal diaries, character studies and more.

New writing

Fresh narratives and innovative productions that have redefined the theatrical landscape.

More resources for teachers

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Archive

Our Archive holds a treasure trove of performance material, including recordings and photographs of our productions.

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