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Let's Play

Let's Play

Create an extraordinary school play with the National Theatre

Developed with teachers and senior leaders from a broad range of primary schools, Let’s Play provides everything you need to make an outstanding piece of theatre with children at both Key Stage 1 and 2.

Let’s Play is an ambitious creative learning programme that can transform creativity and theatre-making in your school. Using a programme of CPDL, specially commissioned plays for children to perform and a suite of learning resources, Let’s Play inspires learning across the curriculum.

Every aspect of the course has been really useful. It has helped me think differently about how to stage our performance and move away from our traditional way of staging, which is really exciting and freeing. Teacher

How does Let’s Play work?

The programme includes:

  • Specialist theatre making courses for both KS1 and KS2 teachers, led by professional theatre artists
  • Access to specially-commissioned scripts (and performance licences).
  • Musical scores and backing tracks for original songs.
  • Access to curriculum-linked teaching sequences.
  • Handbooks, a series of short films and guidance for teachers on how to direct and stage your plays.
  • The opportunity for children to gain an Arts Award.

What impact will Let’s Play have in my school?

  • The school play will be the basis for experiential, cross-curricular topic based learning.
  • Children will be empowered to contribute to every aspect of the process, developing valuable core skills and attributes such as empathy, teamwork and leadership. 
  • Teachers will learn how to stage high-quality school productions.
  • Teachers will enhance their understanding of creative learning, and explore how to apply these skills to their future classroom practice.
  • The whole school community will come together for the school play, celebrating achievement and championing creativity.

To register your school to take part please complete this short survey
Cost: £350 per school

For more information about Let’s Play please contact Lorna on 020 7452 3370 or email

I had no confidence or experience prior to the course. I'm leaving with ideas that form a framework or what I want to achieve and how I'll achieve it. Teacher

The children have developed skills in understanding the relationship between characters and audience, focus, working ‘as one’ and in problem-solvingTeacher 


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Let’s Play is based on an original idea by Katie Mitchell.

Let’s Play is supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Charlotte and Simon Warshaw.


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Let's Play: Trailer

Create an exciting production in your school with support from the National Theatre. Watch this trailer to find out how you can get involved.

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Welcome to the National Theatre

Take a look behind the scenes at the National Theatre, and find out who and what it takes to make a production for one of our three stages.

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