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For Teachers

Drama Teacher Conference 2019

Now fully booked
Join us during February half term for two days of inspiring professional development, exploring theatre practice through workshops, talks, discussions and masterclasses with a variety of fantastic theatre-makers, including NT artists and staff.

Tickets are available for both days, Day 1, and Day 2: click the links for more information and to book.

CPD Courses

Our programme of continuing professional development courses for teachers explores different aspects of teaching drama, making theatre in school, and personal impact in the classroom. Led by expert theatre practitioners who understand the particular demands of working in schools, you will learn professional approaches tailored for use in class.

Course fees include notes, lunch (for full-day courses) and a ticket to an NT production. Book online, by telephone on 020 7452 3000 or by emailing box office to reserve a place. Courses take place at the John Lyons Education Studio, NT Studio, The Cut, London SE1 8LL.


Teacher Previews

If you have any questions, or if you would like to be added to the Teacher Previews mailing list, please contact Charlie Bindels, Secondary & FE Programme Coordinator, quoting ‘Teacher Previews Mailing List’ in the subject line and confirming which school you work for:


Costume and Props Hire

Teachers will find stock accessible and well categorised for easy selection. Our clear pricing structure is useful for budgeting and we offer a special discount for educational groups. Visit the Costume and Props Hire pages for more information.


Bookshop Teacher Discount

Playtexts and other performing arts books can be purchased at the NT bookshop with a teacher discount of 10%. To pre-order class sets or get advice on further resources, please contact the Bookshop:

NT Archive Teacher Placement

A unique opportunity for secondary teachers to undertake a short placement and develop, with NT Learning, new ways of opening up the National Theatre's history and heritage to school groups. Teachers will have access to paper-based and audio collections, the film archive, and a wealth of NT Archive content. Many teachers use a placement to explore resources before bringing a group of students to the Archive, others simply use it for their own professional development.

Placements are flexible, but we suggest that teachers spend the equivalent of 2-10 days carrying out a placement. This could be half a day, weekly over the course of a term or half term, or over a more concentrated period in the summer holidays.

During your time in the Archive, you will be supported in your research by Archive staff and a member of the Learning team. We will ask you to complete a short guide/resource for other teachers/students to use when they visit the Archive to look at your chosen study area.

We are currently looking for teachers who would like to explore the following areas:

(These placements may be particularly useful for A Level Drama and Theatre teachers)

  • Marianne Elliott
  • Sally Cookson
  • ​Katie Mitchell

Design and Production Elements
(These placements may be particularly useful for Drama and Theatre teachers who are looking to support students in production support roles at GCSE and A Level)

  • Costume Design
  • Set Design
  • ​Puppetry

(These placements may be particularly useful for English teachers looking for material to support the teaching of a play as a set text, with a particular focus on plays in performance and interpretive decisions)

  • King Lear
  • Othello
  • ​Macbeth


  • Greek Theatre

For more information, or to register your interest, please contact Sarah Eastaff, Secondary & FE Programme Manager, quoting ‘NT Archive Teacher Placement’ in the subject line: with the information below:

- Name
- School
- Subject
- Why would you like to take up a placement in the National Theatre Archive?
- Which area are you interested in researching?
- When would you like to take up your placement?

Please note that we will always try to accommodate your first choice of placement dates, but may not always be able to do so.