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Royal National Theatre

The Royal National Theatre produces a full range of new, contemporary and classic plays in its three theatres, performing to all age groups and communities. It tours and hosts work from other countries, and carries out an intensive programme of education and development in the studio. Our funding supports core costs.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £17,462,920
  • 2013-2014: £17,493,145
  • 2014-2015: £17,586,627

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National Theatre: King Lear (official trailer)

An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing. Simon Russell Beale, whose recent appearances at the National include Timon of Athens and Collaborators, takes the title role in Shakespeare's tragedy directed by Sam Mendes. Find out more and book tickets: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/king-lear King Lear will also be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on 1 May 2014 by National Theatre Live. #KingLear @nationaltheatre

A Small Family Business: Audience reactions

A Small Family Business by Alan Ayckbourn is now playing until 27 August. Find out more: http://bit.ly/1jTeeiZ See what the audience think of the show. Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business, a riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed, returns to the National where it premiered in 1987. Find out more and book tickets: http://bit.ly/1jTeeiZ Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law's business he's approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack's integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax. #ASmallFamilyBusiness Twitter: @nationaltheatre Facebook: /national.theatre.london

National Theatre: Audiences react to Home

Home brings to life the unheard voices of the young residents and staff who live and work behind the anonymous concrete walls of an inner city high-rise hostel. Playing until 30 April. Find out more: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/home-0 #ntHOME

Behind-the-scenes with Gavin Spokes from One Man, Two Guvnors tour

Introducing Gavin Spokes, taking on the lead role of Francis Henshall in the smash-hit National Theatre touring production of One Man, Two Guvnors, which opens in May 2014. For a full list of tour venues visit http://www.onemantwoguvnors.com/ The National Theatre's award-winning comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, embarks on its biggest-ever tour of the UK and Ireland. Now seen by over 1 million people worldwide, this internationally acclaimed smash-hit is a glorious celebration of British comedy -- a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners. 5 STARS Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, Metro, The Sun, The Times 'Comic perfection. What are you waiting for? Book now!' Daily Telegraph

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Behind-the-scenes on the One Man, Two Guvnors tour

Meet the cast of the smash-hit National Theatre touring production of One Man, Two Guvnors, which goes on tour in May 2014. Cast includes Shaun Williamson (EastEnders & Extras), Emma Barton (EastEnders) and Gavin Spokes (One Man, Two Guvnors London) in the lead role as Francis Hensall. For a full list of tour venues visit http://www.onemantwoguvnors.com/ The National Theatre's award-winning comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, embarks on its biggest-ever tour of the UK and Ireland. Now seen by over 1 million people worldwide, this internationally acclaimed smash-hit is a glorious celebration of British comedy -- a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners. 5 STARS Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, Metro, The Sun, The Times 'Comic perfection. What are you waiting for? Book now!' Daily Telegraph

National Theatre: A Small Family Business

Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business, a riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed, returns to the National where it premiered in 1987. Find out more and book tickets: http://bit.ly/1jTeeiZ Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law's business he's approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack's integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax. #ASmallFamilyBusiness @nationaltheatre https://twitter.com/NationalTheatre

One Man Two Guvnors tours UK & Ireland

One Man, Two Guvnors biggest ever tour of the UK and Ireland opens in May 2014. Find out more and book: http://www.onemantwoguvnors.com/ The National Theatre's award-winning comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, embarks on its biggest-ever tour of the UK and Ireland. Now seen by over 1 million people worldwide, this internationally acclaimed smash-hit is a glorious celebration of British comedy -- a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners. 5 STARS - Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, Metro, The Sun, The Times 'Comic perfection. What are you waiting for? Book now!' Daily Telegraph

National Theatre: A Small Family Business interviews

Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business, a riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed, returns to the National where it premiered in 1987. Find out more and book tickets: http://bit.ly/OHdEqb Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law's business he's approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack's integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax. National Theatre Live broadcast to cinemas on 12 June at 7pm Tweet using #ASmallFamilyBusiness @nationaltheatre Twitter: https://twitter.com/NationalTheatre Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/national.theatre.london

NT Connections 2014: Partner Theatre Festivals (trailer)

There is a festival near you: artsdepot, London 28 April - 3 May Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal 1 - 3 May Bristol Old Vic 17 - 21 March Bush Theatre, London 23 - 26 April Chichester Festival Theatre at The Capitol, Horsham 22 - 26 April Derby Theatre 14 - 16 April Eden Court, Inverness 14 - 16 April Greenwich Theatre, London 12 - 16 May Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury 11 - 13 May Northern Stage, Newcastle 22 - 26 April Norwich Playhouse 29 April - 2 May Royal & Derngate, Northampton 31 March - 5 April Royal Theatre Lyceum, Edinburgh 3 - 6 June Salisbury Playhouse 7 - 10 May Sheffield Theatres 27 March - 2 April Sherman Cymru, Cardiff 5 - 6 April Soho Theatre, London 28 April - 3 May Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough 12 - 15 May The Garage, Norwich 29 April - 2 May The Lowry Centre, Salford 1 - 4 May The Lyric Theatre, Belfast 28 - 29 March The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford 3 - 4 May Theatre Royal Plymouth 29 April - 3 May Tricycle Theatre, London 30 March - 1 April Warwick Arts Centre 3 - 4 May West Yorkshire Playhouse 20 - 23 May For more information please got to http://connections.nationaltheatre.org.uk/ https://twitter.com/NTConnections

The Elephantom: Charging into the West End this Summer!

Fresh from an acclaimed sold-out season at the National Theatre, Ross Collins' much-loved The Elephantom, will be charging into the New London Theatre for a strictly limited summer season from 30 June. Find out more here: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/the-elephantom Magical entertainment for young and old, The Elephantom is a wonderfully inventive mix of puppetry, movement, dance, music -- and theatrical ingenuity. This adaptation of Collins' picture book about the little girl who is unexpectedly visited by a big blue elephant, is the perfect summer treat for all the family. At first, the little girl is thrilled to have a ghost-elephant living in her house. He makes life so much more fun! But Elephantoms are a bit too big for houses and before long, he's causing a lot of trouble. Come and join the fun with this intriguing story that fuels the imagination and touches the heart. The story of one little girl and her larger-than-life friend is set to get very messy indeed! Suitable for Children 3+ https://twitter.com/TheElephantom #TheElephantom Video features original National Theatre cast.

National Theatre Live: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Encore Trailer

The smash-hit 2012 broadcast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to cinemas from 22 May 2014. To find your nearest venue visit http://www.ntlive.com Following its smash-hit live broadcast in 2012, the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to cinemas. Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been hailed by The Times as 'a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle'. Winner of 7 Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play. Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain -- exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears' dog Wellington, he records each fact about the event in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of the murder. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. Tickets on sale now. Find your nearest cinema at http://www.ntlive.com Part of National Theatre Live -- the best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world. #CuriousIncident http://www.ntlive.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ntlive Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ntlive Blog: http://www.ntlive.com/blog

National Theatre: Chewing Gum Dreams by Michaela Coel

Written and performed by Michaela Coel, Chewing Gum Dreams played from 17 March to 5 April 2014. Tracey Gordon, the 67 bus, friendship, sex, UK garage, school, music, teachers, friendship, periods, emergency contraceptive, arse and tits, friendship, raves, tampons, white boys, God, money. Friendship. Aaron, Candice, sex and Connor Jones. Chewing Gum Dreams is a one-woman play that recalls those last days of innocence before adulthood. #ChewingGumDreams Chewing Gum Dreams won the 2012 Alfred Fagon Award. Developed at and supported by The Yard Theatre.

National Theatre: riverrun, the voice of the river in Finnegans Wake by Olwen Fouéré

'riverrun' played from 11 to 22 March 2014. Presented by TheEmergencyRoom and Galway Arts Festival Adapted and performed by one of Ireland's leading theatre-makers, Olwen Fouéré, riverrun adapts the voice of the river in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. Filmed at Rough Magic rehearsal room, Dublin Ireland.

National Theatre: A Taste of Honey (trailer)

Written by Shelagh Delaney when she was nineteen, A Taste of Honey is one of the great defining and taboo-breaking plays of the 1950s. Find out more and book tickets: http://bit.ly/LTBnCo When her mother Helen runs off with a car salesman, feisty teenager Jo takes up with a black sailor who promises to marry her, before he heads for the seas, leaving her pregnant and alone. Art student Geoff moves in and assumes the role of surrogate parent until, misguidedly, he sends for Helen and their unconventional setup unravels. A Taste of Honey offers an explosive celebration of the vulnerabilities and strengths of the female spirit in a deprived and restless world. Bursting with energy and daring, this exhilarating and angry depiction of harsh, working-class life in post-war Salford is shot through with love and humour, and infused with jazz. Kate O'Flynn plays Jo, and Lesley Sharp her mother, Helen. Directed by Bijan Sheibani. Tweet using #ATasteofHoney @nationaltheatre Twitter: https://twitter.com/NationalTheatre Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/national.theatre.london

National Theatre: riverrun by Olwen Fouéré

Olwen Fouéré, one of Ireland's leading theatre-makers, performed her acclaimed new adaptation of the voice of the river in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake at the NT 11 to 22 March 2014. A force of constant renewal, the river Life (Liffey/Anna Livia Plurabelle) generates a powerful transformative energy as she dissolves into the great ocean of time. Fouéré's unique approach to Joyce's extraordinary 'sound-dance' becomes a universal call to wake up, surrender the past and confront the betrayals that might lie at the heart of our histories. Supported by Culture Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland. Production support provided by Rough Magic.

National Theatre: Making War Horse DVD Trailer

Making War Horse is the story of how Michael Morpurgo's children's novel became one of the most popular and acclaimed productions in the National Theatre's history. Buy it now on region-free DVD: http://shop.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shopexd.asp?id=1349 From its early development in the NT Studio, see how Handspring Puppet Company created the groundbreaking techniques that brought a lifelike horse to the stage. Behind the scenes and into the rehearsal room, featuring interviews with the cast and creative team, Making War Horse documents this unique theatrical collaboration and the creation of a stage classic. In addition to the film, extra features include: - Michael Morpurgo Extended Interview - Getting into Horse - War Horse Process - Behind the scenes of War Horse - Handspring Puppet Company - Video Diaries - Visit to King's Troop - War Horse Trailer - Image Gallery REGION 0 FORMAT NTSC

National Theatre Live: King Lear trailer

King Lear will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on Thursday 1 May, 2014. To find your nearest venue visit http://www.ntlive.com Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes (James Bond: Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare's tragedy. An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear's world descends into chaos. Tickets on sale now. Find your nearest cinema at http://www.ntlive.com Part of National Theatre Live -- the best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world. #KingLear http://www.ntlive.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ntlive Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ntlive Blog: http://www.ntlive.com/blog

The Elephantom transfers to the West End

Fresh from an acclaimed sold-out season at the National Theatre, Ross Collins' much-loved The Elephantom, will be charging into the New London Theatre for a strictly limited summer season from 30th June. Find out more and book tickets here: http://bit.ly/1h5QGmo Magical entertainment for young and old, The Elephantom is a wonderfully inventive mix of puppetry, movement, dance, music -- and theatrical ingenuity. This adaptation of Collins' picture book about the little girl who is unexpectedly visited by a big blue elephant, is the perfect summer treat for all the family.

National Theatre Live: Coriolanus trailer (2)

Coriolanus is now screening in cinemas worldwide. To find your nearest venue visit http://www.ntlive.com On 30 January 2014, National Theatre Live broadcast the Donmar Warehouse's production of Coriolanus, Shakespeare's searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, with Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse (film), BBC's The Hollow Crown) in the title role, directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke. When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens' hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people. Tickets on sale now. Find your nearest cinema at http://www.ntlive.com Part of National Theatre Live -- the best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world. #Coriolanus http://www.ntlive.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ntlive Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ntlive Blog: http://www.ntlive.com/blog

National Theatre: Happy Valentine's Day (Bedroom Farce)

A clip from Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce performed live by Penelope Wilton and Nicholas le Prevost during 50 Years on Stage -- the National Theatre's 50th anniversary gala-performance on 2 November 2012. PBS airs National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage on Friday 14 February, 9pm ET (check local listings). Now available on region-free DVD with world-wide shipping: http://shop.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shopexd.asp?id=51203 Enjoy your Valentine's Day!

Moon on a Rainbow Shawl Tour official trailer

Talawa Theatre Company and the National Theatre take Errol John's 'bruising, brilliantly witty play' (Time Out) on tour after its critically acclaimed run in London in 2012. http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/moon-on-a-rainbow-shawl-tour ★ ★ ★ ★ 'I was spellbound...just go' The Times In Port of Spain, Trinidad, the snatches of calypso music, hymn tunes and drums are interrupted by the raucous celebrations of troops returning from war. Here, neighbours drink, bawl, make love, look out for each other and crave a better life. But Ephraim is no dreamer and nothing, not even the seductive Rosa, is going to stop him escaping his dead-end job for a fresh start in England. TOUR DATES: New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich: 5 -- 8 February 2014 West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds: 11 -- 15 February 2014 Birmingham Rep: 20 -- 22 February 2014 Malvern Theatres (Festival Theatre): 25 February -- 1 March 2014 Watford Palace Theatre: 4 -- 8 March 2014 Oxford Playhouse: 11 -- 15 March 2014 Cambridge Arts Theatre: 18 -- 22 March 2014 Theatre Royal, Bath: 1 -- 5 April 2014 Mercury, Colchester: 8 -- 12 April 2014 See full details of dates, venues and casting for the Moon on a Rainbow Shawl tour: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/moon-on-a-rainbow-shawl-tour

National Theatre: A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney

Written by Shelagh Delaney when she was nineteen, A Taste of Honey is one of the great defining and taboo-breaking plays of the 1950s. Find out more and book tickets: http://bit.ly/LTBnCo When her mother Helen runs off with a car salesman, feisty teenager Jo takes up with a black sailor who promises to marry her, before he heads for the seas, leaving her pregnant and alone. Art student Geoff moves in and assumes the role of surrogate parent until, misguidedly, he sends for Helen and their unconventional setup unravels. A Taste of Honey offers an explosive celebration of the vulnerabilities and strengths of the female spirit in a deprived and restless world. Bursting with energy and daring, this exhilarating and angry depiction of harsh, working-class life in post-war Salford is shot through with love and humour, and infused with jazz. Kate O'Flynn plays Jo, and Lesley Sharp her mother, Helen. Directed by Bijan Sheibani. Tweet using #ATasteofHoney @nationaltheatre Twitter: https://twitter.com/NationalTheatre Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/national.theatre.london

National Theatre: Emil and the Detectives (official trailer)

This production finished on 18 March 2014. Growing up is the most exciting adventure of all! Join young Emil as he says goodbye to his mother, leaves his small town and sets off on a journey that will change his life. Find out more and book tickets: http://bit.ly/1aXNpUz For this classic tale of a boy learning to rely on himself -- and on his new friends -- the Olivier stage transforms into 1920s Berlin: a place full of surprises and danger, where everything moves at the speed of your imagination. Make sure you're among the first to experience the National Theatre's new family show, the latest in the exciting tradition of War Horse and His Dark Materials. Suitable for everyone aged 7 and over. Follow @nationaltheatre #EmilandtheDetectives Twitter: https://twitter.com/NationalTheatre Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/national.theatre.london

National Theatre: What the little ones have to say about The Elephantom

The Elephantom by Ross Collins. At first, the little girl is thrilled to have a ghost-elephant living in her house. He makes life so much more fun! But Elephantoms are a bit too big for houses and before long, he's causing a lot of trouble. For children and grown-ups of all ages, the story of one little girl and her larger-than-life friend is brought to life with extraordinary puppetry and theatrical ingenuity. Suitable for everyone 4 years and over. The Elephantom is playing at the New London Theatre from 30 June 2014. Find out more more: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/the-elephantom Day tickets available.

National Theatre: The Light Princess official trailer

The Light Princess had its final performance on 2 February 2014. The Light Princess brings together iconic singer-songwriter Tori Amos with playwright Samuel Adamson and director Marianne Elliott (Curious Incident, War Horse) in a spectacular coming-of-age story. A dark fairytale about grief, rebellion and the power of love. Listen to 4 songs from the musical here: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/the-light-princess?play=2 Read more about the production and book tickets: http://bit.ly/18HGlwd Tweet using #TheLightPrincess and @nationaltheatre Twitter: https://twitter.com/NationalTheatre Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/national.theatre.london

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