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Primary Theatre

Primary Theatre


Introduce your pupils to the wonderful world of Shakespeare

An inspiring programme which offers children in years 4 - 6 a thrilling experience of Shakespeare in performance, underpinned by an in-depth creative learning programme with a focus on literacy. 

It was an outstanding performance. The costumes, the production, the multi-cultural cast together reminded me of the great tradition of contemporary theatre our lucky children are being exposed to, via the National Theatre. Year 5 teacher - Lauriston Primary 

The programme will consist of:

  • A performance of a high-quality Shakespeare production either in your school or at the National Theatre (duration 60 minutes)
  • Creative learning options to suit your school; either a one-off pre-show workshop for your class or an in-depth education programme that includes CPD and teacher resources.


  • £250 per class for a performance at the National Theatre
  • £800 for a performance in your school (up to 120 children)
  • Creative learning options range from £100-350 (depending on the option selected and number of classes booked in)

A stunning show: definitely the best thing I have ever seen for schools and a brilliant way to develop the children's interest in high-quality literature and theatre.
Literacy Coordinator – Barlby Primary School on Romeo and Juliet

To register your interest for Primary Theatre: Spring 2019 please contact Amy Powell on 020 7452 3071 or

There are a limited number of places available for Primary Theatre. Where demand is high, priority will be given to schools in boroughs with a high level of disadvantage, with a high proportion of students in receipt of free school meals or with English as an additional language.

The style and context of the play was perfectly matched to our children's interests, enhancing their engagement and securing their interest in the follow-up workshops. Year 6 teacher - Fenstanton Primary on Romeo and Juliet

Bursary Support
The National Theatre wants to ensure that a wide range of schools can take part in the NT Learning Primary programme including those for which the programme costs present a significant barrier to participation. For Primary Theatre we offer a limited number of bursaries providing a significant reduction in cost. Should you be interested in applying for a bursary and would like to find out more about whether your school would be eligible, please contact Amy Powell on the number or email above.

Supported by: The Mohn Westlake Foundation, The Ingram Trust, Archie Sherman Charitable Trust, Behrens Foundation, Cleopatra Trust, The Ernest Cook Trust, Jill and David Leuw, Mulberry Trust, Newcomen Collett Foundation, The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, St Olave's Foundation Fund, and The Topinambour Trust.

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