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New Views

New Views

New Views is the National Theatre’s playwriting programme for 14 to 19-year-olds.

Every year, hundreds of students from across the UK learn about playwriting from some of the finest writers in the industry and write their own 30-minute plays. One play will then be selected to be produced by the NT with a professional cast and crew, alongside rehearsed readings of the shortlisted plays.

The online course, written by playwright Jemma Kennedy, is accessible to everyone, but participating schools and colleges have the unique benefit of online workshops, with their students partnered with professional writers, access to online recordings of productions, CPD for teachers, and entry into the New Views playwriting programme.

In 2019/20 we worked with over 90 schools across the UK, while partnering with Theatre Royal Wakefield, Leeds Playhouse and Bristol Old Vic.

We are planning to run New Views in 2020/21 with adaptations to make sure it meets the needs of schools and students despite the challenging circumstances.


Find out more about New Views course content on our microsite.
Content warning: The materials used in this programme sometimes contain strong language and controversial subject matter which some might find offensive.

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

Audible is the Official Audio Partner of New Views.

New Views is supported by:
Old Possum’s Practical Trust
Chapman Charitable Trust
Golsoncott Foundation
The Steel Charitable Trust

Take part in New Views

Applications for New Views 2020-2021 have now closed. To be put on the waiting list for next year please email [email protected]

What will students gain from taking part in New Views?

Through participating in the New Views programme students will have the unique and exciting opportunity to:

  • Explore their talent and sharpen their approach to research
  • Develop and articulate ideas on key ethical questions and dilemmas
  • Engage and respond to the changing world and
  • Develop their engagement with theatre and an understanding of the power of theatre to engage audiences in debate
  • Develop transferable skills for employment and further study including self-management, communication, application of literacy and critical engagement with subject material

Who can take part?

Any school or college can apply to participate in the programme.

• New Views is aimed at school years 10 - 13, although slightly younger students may take part at the discretion of individual schools and colleges.

What changes are being made for 2020/21?

We have re-planned New Views for the academic year 2020-21 to take account of the guidelines for both schools and theatres during Covid-19.

We will be increasing our online offer as we will not be including tickets to live theatre performances in this year’s programme. We will offer access to a wider range of productions online, with easier access for schools across the UK.

All playwright visits will take place digitally, with clear guidelines for safeguarding.  

The cost for New Views 2020/21 take account of these changes:

State Schools: £200 (Bursaries are available if the cost is a barrier to participation; contact us to find out more. The normal cost is £300.)

Independent Schools: £400 (This fee includes sponsoring a state school to take part in New Views. Independent schools invite a state school to take part and sponsor the cost of their place on New Views. The National Theatre will support independent schools in finding a local state school. The normal cost is £600.)

To find out more about the New Views timeline and how it works click here.

If you have any questions about the programme, or require any further information, please contact [email protected]