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Let's Play

Let's Play

Create an extraordinary school play with the National Theatre

What is Let's Play?

  • Let’s Play provides primary schools with everything you need to make an outstanding piece of theatre. 

Why take part in Let's Play?

  • An impressive and entertaining school play that everyone will be proud of.
  • Pupils gain confidence and team working  skills.
  • Teachers learn how to stage high-quality school productions.
  • Teachers develop their understanding of creative learning, and how to apply those skills  in their classrooms.

What does your school get?

  • Access to eight new scripts for children to perform.
  • Musical scores and backing tracks for original songs.
  • CPD courses for teachers led by professional theatre makers. (Courses run termly.)
  • A Teacher Toolkit and film resources and cross-curricular activities. 
  • The opportunity for children to gain an Arts Award.

Where did Let's Play come from?

  • Let’s Play was developed by the National Theatre with teachers and school leaders from a broad range of primary schools.
  • Let's Play aims  to transform creativity and theatre-making in primary schools, with pupils and teachers learning new skills.


How do I take part?

  • Let’s Play costs £250 per academic year. Discounted places are also available – please contact the email address below for more information. 
  • For more information or to sign up for Let’s Play please email [email protected]

‘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.’

'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.' 

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

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


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

Let’s Play is supported by The Mohn Westlake Foundation, Buffini Chao Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Goldsmiths' Company Charity, Charlotte and Simon Warshaw, Susan Miller and Byron Grote, Mave Turner and David Dutton, The Derrill Allatt Foundation, The Michael Marks Charitable Trust

Buffini Chao Foundation

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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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Let's Play - Parkfield Primary School