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Together, we can empower artists and craftspeople to make world-leading work. Donate and help make this happen.

Rufus Norris and Lisa Burger

Our commitment


This year [2020] has seen us face a risk like no other as theatre-makers have left the industry in their droves following a year of little work. As we once again employ artists and craftspeople for our stages in London and on tour, we remain resolute in our commitment to world-leading work that empowers artists, develops specialist theatre-skills for the future and respects our environment." Lisa Burger, Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive (to May 2022)

We are also continuing to make our work as sustainable as possible by committing to adopting the baseline principles of the Theatre Green Book for all productions over the next 12 months. 

The Theatre Green Book is an initiative developed during lockdown by UK theatre-makers from across the sector and backed by leading industry bodies to help move theatre towards sustainable practice. It provides a common standard to work to and maps out theatres’ path towards zero carbon.    

New Work Department

Generating New Work

While the building was closed, our New Work Department continued to provide vital support for artists, hosting virtual readings and socially distanced workshops for new plays under development.

The department is even more committed to opening up our doors to artists and makers from across the whole breadth of the UK to support the sector to flourish after the devastation of 2020.

Launched in 2021, our new programme, Generate, aims to develop partnerships across the UK by offering workshop space and resource to theatres, artists and ideas destined for stages outside the capital. 

At least a third of our New Work Department’s capacity and resource each year will now be committed to developing ideas, with the specific focus on work aimed to be produced outside London.

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Linbury Prize set design

Linbury Prize 2021

Continuing our support for theatre-makers across the UK, the Linbury Prize 2021, in partnership with the Linbury Trust, provided 12 brilliant designers starting out in the industry with 12 bursaries and the opportunity to gain first-hand experience through a design associate placement, alongside an established designer on a variety of productions around the country.

Discover more information about the Linbury Prize.


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Countdown to Reopening: National Theatre Together in 2021/22

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Thank you to Genesis Foundation, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Red Butterfly Foundation, The Polonsky Foundation, John S Cohen Foundation, Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation, Noël Coward Foundation and Garrick Charitable Trust. ITV is the National Theatre’s Supporter for New Writing.

Image credits: Photography (Rufus Norris & Lisa Burger) by Cameron Slater; ANNA workshop photography by Philip Tull; The Linbury Prize photography (design by Rose Revitt) by Stephanie Claire