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Connections 2023

A group of young people rest in a circle, looking out and away from the group, with a soft pink and green glow effect over the image. One young person in the centre wears glasses and looks directly into the camera. The National Theatre logo and Connections 2023 logo are written at the bottom of the image in white.

Booking and details

20 — 24 June 2023
This show has now ended
The event location is

Dorfman Theatre

National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX

Connections is the National Theatre’s annual, nationwide youth theatre festival. The programme has been established for 29 years with a celebrated history of championing the talent of young people from across the UK.

Every year, we commission ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the UK’s most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow. We work with just over 260 youth companies and over 6,000 young people annually from every corner of the UK.


Please note that each production in the Connections 2023 festival has different age recommendations. The plays deal with a range of themes. For full details on each production, please visit the individual play pages (links below), or download the Connections 2023 Self-Care Kit (PDF 221 KB)


Ticket prices and Assisted performances


£5 per performance
£8 for two performances on the same evening


All 7pm performances are captioned.

Our funders

The Mohn Westlake Foundation supports nationwide Learning programmes for young people.

Connections is supported by The Mohn Westlake Foundation, Buffini Chao Foundation, Bank of America, The EBM Charitable Trust, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Katie Bradford Arts Trust, Susan Miller and Byron Grote, The Broughton Family Charitable Trust, Mulberry Trust, The Peter Cundill Foundation, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and The John Thaw Foundation.

Nationwide learning is supported by Buffini Chao Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Clore Duffield Foundation, Tim and Sarah Bunting, Behrens Foundation, Cleopatra Trust and Milton Grundy Foundation.

Find out more about supporting our work