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Leverhulme Trust

NT Studio

Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust is a long-standing supporter of artist development at the National Theatre. The Trust currently supports artist attachments at the National Theatre Studio.

The NT Studio aims to develop and encourage a new generation of theatre-makers through an extensive programme of courses, bursaries, theatre workshops and development. Artist attachments provide emerging and established artists with a quiet office, a regular fee and the opportunity to engage with a creative community. Artists are encouraged to try out ideas and realise their full potential in a nurturing environment, without the pressure of public performance.

The National Theatre Studio is what it says on the tin: a studio, a workroom to create and cultivate work that isn’t yet ready to be judged. Some of my happiest times as a playwright have been spent there. A lot of what ends up in front of audiences at the National, and elsewhere, is developed at the Studio. The building and its people are a vital part of British theatre, responsible for helping to give voice to countless theatre-makers.

Samuel Adamson, playwright

The Leverhulme Trust was established by the Will of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers. Since 1925 the Trust has provided grants and scholarships for research and education; today, they are one of the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK, distributing approximately £80m a year. The Trust awards funding across academic disciplines, supporting talented individuals in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences to realise their personal vision in research and professional training. As well as substantial grants for research, they offer fellowships for researchers at every stage of their career, grants for international collaboration and travel, and support for the fine and performing arts.

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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


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