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John Lyon's Charity

John Lyon's Charity

John Lyon’s Charity is a generous long-term supporter of Learning at the National Theatre. The Charity supported the creation of the John Lyon Education Studio at the NT Studio in 2006 and prior to this, funded Backstage Pass, a secondary school project introducing London school children to theatre and careers in theatre.


John Lyon’s Charity currently supports the National Theatre’s Open Theatre programme for secondary schools.

Open Theatre is a three-year project which aims to open up the world of the creative industries to secondary school students, contribute to the development of a creative and industry-focused curriculum, and directly support classroom learning and qualifications. 

For more information, or to discuss how you can help support the National Theatre, please contact Matt Armstrong, Head of Trusts and Foundations on 020 7452 3227 or at


John Lyon’s Charity gives grants to benefit children and young people up to the age of 25 who live in nine boroughs in northwest London: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea and the Cities of London and Westminster. The Charity’s mission is to promote the life-chances of children and young people through education. Since 1992, the Charity has distributed over £78 million to a range of services for young people, including youth clubs, arts projects, counselling initiatives, childcare and parental support schemes, sports programmes and academic bursaries.

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