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National Theatre Magazine

The National Theatre Magazine has been created exclusively for NT Members and is designed to provide an exciting insight into the inner workings of the NT and the productions currently on stage. 

NT Magazine

National Theatre Magazine

The magazine was launched in April 2015 and the latest issue is now available for members to view online. If you are a member, simply log in and click on the link for the National Theatre Magazine under the News section of My Feed.


Find out more about becoming a member and receiving a subscription to the National Theatre Magazine in addition to other exciting benefits that bring you closer to the NT’s work. 

Issue 13: July 2019

We speak to two of the cast of 'Master Harold'...and the boys, as well as the production teams behind two upcoming Dorfman shows, Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear - the Musical! and Jellyfish. National Theatre Live celebrates its 10th anniversary, and we showcase our fantastic range of theatre tours.

National Theatre Magazine Issue 13 cover with NT Live cameramen

Issue 11: October 2018

We speak to Rachel Chavkin, director of myth-turned-musical Hadestown, and to Adrian Scarborough, appearing in Patrick Marber’s new version of Exit the King. Our Look at You Now exhibition brings theatre-makers face to face with their younger selves. We also celebrate the company of our first Public Acts production, Pericles.

The company of Pericles on the cover of Issue 11

Issue 9: January 2018

We pay tribute to the achievements of former Director Peter Hall, who sadly passed away in 2017. We speak to actor Douglas Henshall and music supervisor Martin Lowe about their experiences of two very different adaptations currently playing on the Lyttelton stage, Network and Pinocchio. We also learn from Emily Lim about the new Public Acts initiative.

Emily Lim on the cover of Issue 9

Issue 7: May 2017

We hear from newcomer Isabella Nefar on originating the role of Salomé in Yael Farber’s retelling of the infamous biblical tale. Behind the scenes, the production team of Angels in America and Bill Deamer, choreographer of Follies, take us into the rehearsal rooms to see how the NT delivers flair and innovation on an ambitious scale.


Isabella Nefar on NT Magazine Cover Issue 7

Issue 5: October 2016

Denise Gough tells us about her extraordinary experience working on People, Places and Things and we talk to Music Director David Shrubsole about his work on The Threepenny Opera. Also included is a special feature looking back at the dramatic life story of the Drum Revolve. 

Denise Gough on the NT Magazine Issue 5 cover

Issue 3: December 2015

Rosalie Craig tells us about the characters she has played at the NT as she prepares to play Rosalind in As You Like It and we get an insight into the plans for the newly-formed New Work Department. We look back at the 1994 production of Alice’s Adventure Under Ground and we take a look at how support from Legacies can help the NT’s work.

Issue 1: April 2015

Nicholas Hytner shares his thoughts as he prepares to move on from the NT after 12 years as Director and we celebrate some of the many highlights of his time here. Sam Holcroft tells us how her love of science influences the writing of Rules For Living and we join the Costume team behind the scenes in the run up to Man and Superman.

Issue 12: March 2019

We speak to sound designer Max Ringham about Tartuffe and ANNA, as well as three new cast members from the return of Follies. The Learning department showcase their new programme, Let's Play, and author Daniel Rosenthal introduces his new book, Dramatic Exchanges.

National Theatre Magazine Issue 12 cover with Follies cast in a dance rehearsal

Issue 10: July 2018

Deputy Artistic Director Ben Power talks us through his process for adapting Stefano Massini’s The Lehman Trilogy and Ciarán Hinds explores his character in Brian Friel’s Translations. Staff director Jo Tyabji takes us into the rehearsal room for Polly Stenham’s Julie and the Learning department share the aims of their schools touring programme.

Ciaran Hinds on the cover of issue 10

Issue 8: September 2017

We explore the productions upcoming in the Dorfman, hearing from playwright Inua Ellams about the inspiration for his play Barber Shop Chronicles, and director Polly Findlay about her latest production, Beginning. We also celebrate two flagship creative initiatives that help expand the boundaries of the NT’s work: New Views and the National Theatre Podcast.

Issue 6: January 2017

Soprano Fleur de Bray speaks about bringing opera to the Olivier in Amadeus, Chair of the National Theatre Sir Damon Buffini talks to us about his life, his inspiration and his vision for the NT, and Rufus Norris tells us about his newest endeavour in response to the EU referendum. Ivo van Hove, director of Hedda Gabler, shares his thoughts on his infamous title character.

Fleur de Bray on NT Magazine Cover Issue 6

Issue 4: June 2016

We commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare by taking a look back at some of the NT’s most memorable productions of his work and we talk to Helen McCrory and Carrie Cracknell during rehearsals for The Deep Blue Sea.

Issue 2: August 2015

Rufus Norris tells us about his first few months as Director of the National Theatre and his vision for the NT. We also hear from Javier De Frutos on his experience creating the choreography for and set designer Bunny Christie talks to us about her plans for People, Places and Things in the Dorfman Theatre.