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Production shot of Flesh - 2019 Connections Festival


Connections is the National Theatre's annual, nationwide youth theatre festival. The programme has been established for 27 years with a celebrated history of championing the talent of young people from across the UK.

Every year, we commission ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the UK's most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow. We work with 300 youth companies and over 6,000 young people annually from every corner of the UK. 

Tickets are now onsale for the return of the Connections National Theatre Festival in the Dorfman Theatre. To find out more about the 2022 plays and companies, and how you can book tickets, click here

Applications for Connections 2023 are now open! Fill out our application form to apply for Connections 2023, and read further or get in touch if you have any questions: [email protected].

Please click here for full terms and conditions.

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

The National Theatre's Partner for Learning is Bank of America.

Connections is supported by The Mohn Westlake Foundation, Buffini Chao Foundation, The Broughton Family Charitable Trust, The Peter Cundill Foundation, CHK Foundation, The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The EBM Charitable Trust, The Golsoncott Foundation, Henry Oldfield Trust, The John Thaw Foundation, Katie Bradford Arts Trust, Susan Miller and Byron Grote, Mulberry Trust, The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation and Tuixen Foundation. 

Photograph by The Other Richard

Contact us

The Connections team is part of the NT Learning Department. 

Kirsten Adam

Jenny Wilkinson
Assistant Producer

Georgia Choudhuri 
Connections Assistant 

Ola Animashawun
NT Associate and Connections Dramaturg 

You can contact the Connections team on [email protected] 



Buffini Chao Foundation