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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 Live: The Hard Problem trailer

The Hard Problem will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on 16 April 2015. Find your nearest venue and book: http://www.ntlive.com/thehardproblem ................................................................................................ Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors). Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brainscience institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry. Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one. ................................................................................................ #TheHardProblem http://www.ntlive.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ntlive Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ntlive

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: digital programme

Download the digital programme app for iPhone and iPad (£4.99 or local currency equivalent) going behind the scenes of Behind the Beautiful Forevers featuring exclusive content about Annawadi, the rehearsal process and much more: http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/digitalprogrammes

National Theatre: Time lapse from Treasure Island to Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Watch as the Olivier stage transforms from Treasure Island to Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Behind the Beautiful Forevers broadcasts live to cinemas 12 March. Find your nearest venue: http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/47823-behind-the-beautiful-forevers Find out more about Treasure Island: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/treasure-island Find out more about Behind the Beautiful Forevers: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/behind-the-beautiful-forevers

National Theatre: Behind the Beautiful Forevers audience reaction

Behind the Beautiful Forevers, a new play by David Hare based on the book by Katherine Boo, is now playing. Find out more and book tickets: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/behind-the-beautiful-forevers It will broadcast live to cinemas world-wide on 12 March. Find your nearest venue: http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/47823-behind-the-beautiful-forevers India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale. https://twitter.com/NationalTheatre #BehindtheBeautifulForevers

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National Theatre: Treasure Island digital programme

Download the digital programme app for iPhone and iPad (£4.99 or local currency equivalent) going behind the scenes of Treasure Island featuring exclusive content about the history of pirates and piracy, 18th-century ships, exclusive costume drawings and much more: http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/digitalprogrammes

National Theatre: Dara trailer

Dara, adapted by Tanya Ronder from Shahid Nadeem’s play originally performed by Ajoka Theatre, Pakistan Tanya Ronder’s adaptation of Shahid Nadeem’s Dara spans the princes’ lives from cradle to grave. An intense domestic drama of global consequence – for India then and for our world now. 1659. Mughal India. The imperial court, a place of opulence and excess; music, drugs, eunuchs and harems. Two brothers, whose mother’s death inspired the Taj Mahal, are heirs to this Muslim empire. Now they fight ferociously for succession. Find out more: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/dara https://twitter.com/NationalTheatre #ntDara

National Theatre Live: Treasure Island On Stage trailer

Family encores of Treasure Island take place around the UK on Wed 18 February 2015. Also screening internationally. Find your nearest: http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/46617-treasure-island Download the digital programme app for iPhone and iPad (£4.99) going behind the scenes of Treasure Island featuring exclusive content about the history of pirates and piracy, 18th-century ships, exclusive costume drawings and much more: http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/digitalprogrammes . . . . . . It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins. This winter, Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life on the Olivier stage in a thrilling new adaptation by Bryony Lavery. Part of National Theatre Live -- the best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world. #TreasureIsland http://www.ntlive.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ntlive Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ntlive Blog: http://www.ntlive.com/blog

National Theatre: the story of Dara and the Mughal Empire

Dara - A family at war. An empire in the balance. 1659. Mughal India. The imperial court, a place of opulence and excess. Two brothers, whose mother’s death inspired the Taj Mahal, are heirs to this Muslim empire. Now they fight ferociously for succession. Find out more and book tickets for this spectacular and thrilling historical drama: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/dara

National Theatre: Staging Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life on the Olivier stage in a thrilling new adaptation by Bryony Lavery. Playing until 8 April 2015. Find out more and book tickets: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/treasure-island Download the digital programme app for iPhone and iPad (£4.99) going behind the scenes of Treasure Island featuring exclusive content about the history of pirates and piracy, 18th-century ships, exclusive costume drawings and much more: http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/digitalprogrammes

National Theatre: Treasure Island on-stage trailer

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson adapted by Bryony Lavery Playing until 8 April 2015. Find out more and book tickets: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/treasure-island Broadcasts live to cinemas world-wide from 22 January. Find your nearest venue (special family encore screenings happening during half-term): http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/treasure-island Download the digital programme app for iPhone and iPad (£4.99) going behind the scenes of Treasure Island featuring exclusive content about the history of pirates and piracy, 18th-century ships, exclusive costume drawings and much more: http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/digitalprogrammes It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins. This winter, Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life on the Olivier stage in a thrilling new adaptation by Bryony Lavery.

National Theatre: Treasure Island cast and creative interviews

Actors Patsy Ferran and Arthur Darvill, writer Bryony Lavery and director Polly Findlay talk about Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny, Treasure Island, being brought to life on the Olivier stage in a thrilling new adaptation. Playing at the National Theatre until 8 April. Find out more and book tickets: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/treasure-island Broadcasts live to cinemas world-wide on 22 January. Find your nearest venue: http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/46617-treasure-island

National Theatre Live: Behind the Beautiful Forevers trailer

Behind the Beautiful Forevers will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK on 12 March 2015. To find your nearest venue visit http://www.ntlive.com/beautifulforevers ................................................................................................... India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale, directed by Rufus Norris. #BehindtheBeautifulForevers http://www.ntlive.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ntlive Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ntlive

National Theatre Live: Treasure Island trailer

Treasure Island will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on 22 January 2015, with family encores in selected venues on 18 February 2015. To find your nearest venue visit http://www.ntlive.com/treasureisland ........................................­........................................­............... Suitable for 10 years + Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre. It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins. Ensemble includes Arthur Darvill as Long John Silver and Patsy Ferran as Jim. #NTTreasureIsland http://www.ntlive.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ntlive Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ntlive Blog: http://www.ntlive.com/blog

National Theatre: DV8's JOHN audience feedback

JOHN a co-production with DV8 Physical Theatre a work conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson Playing at the National Theatre until 13 January 2015 Find out more and book tickets: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/john Tweet your feedback using #DV8JOHN @NationalTheatre and @DV8PhysTheatre Lover. Criminal. Father. Arsonist. Graduate. Charmer. Survivor. This powerful new verbatim work by DV8 Physical Theatre follows the extraordinary life story of one man. John.

National Theatre: Behind the Beautiful Forevers (trailer)

Behind the Beautiful Forevers, a new play by David Hare based on the book by Katherine Boo. India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Find out more and book tickets: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/behind-the-beautiful-forevers Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale. https://twitter.com/NationalTheatre #BehindtheBeautifulForevers

National Theatre: 3 Winters, a new play by Tena Štivičić (trailer)

This production has now finished. 3 Winters, a new play by Tena Štivičić Find out more and book tickets: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/3-winters Across 66 years and four generations of women, the Kos family have argued, adapted and fallen in and out of love. One thing remains constant – the house in Zagreb. ★★★★ ‘An excellent production dominated by fine female performances. A big play that shows how family lives are determined by history’ Guardian As the family assemble for Lucia’s wedding, Alisa learns that her nouveau-riche brother-in-law has bought the family house. For her sister this is progress, for Alisa it’s greed, and for their principled mother, Masha it's one battle too many. ★★★★ 'A rich and sophisticated journey through Croatia’s turbulent post-War history’ Evening Standard Playing until 3 February. #3Winters https://twitter.com/NationalTheatre

National Theatre: Treasure Island trailer

Playing from 3 December. Find out more and book tickets: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/treasure-island It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins. This winter, Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life on the Olivier stage in a thrilling new adaptation by Bryony Lavery. Not one of us must breathe a word of what we’ve found... Suitable for 10yrs+ #TreasureIsland @NationalTheatre https://twitter.com/NationalTheatre Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/national.theatre.london

#LoveTheatre? We Do.

It was #LoveTheatre day on Twitter on 19 November 2014. To celebrate, theatres around the world took you behind-the-scenes and shared what happens backstage in the months, weeks, days and hours leading up to the opening of a production. Check out our #LoveTheatre day highlights: https://storify.com/Nationaltheatre/lovetheatre-day-highlights We're @NationalTheatre - http://twitter.com/NationalTheatre

Behind the Beautiful Forevers (with Katherine Boo and Meera Syal)

Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale. Find out more about Annawadi and the production in this documentary. Find out more about Behind the Beautiful Forevers at the National Theatre: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/behind-the-beautiful-forevers

One Man, Two Guvnors UK Tour trailer

See the Smash-hit National Theatre production of One Man, Two Guvnors in a city near you. Now touring across the UK and Ireland, visit http://onemantwoguvnors.com/ for tour dates more information.

National Theatre: JOHN a co-production with DV8 Physical Theatre

Lover. Criminal. Father. Arsonist. Graduate. Charmer. Survivor. JOHN is a powerful new verbatim work by DV8 Physical Theatre follows the extraordinary life story of one man. John. £15 Travelex Tickets available for every performance: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/john #DV8John Contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for 16yrs+ https://twitter.com/NationalTheatre https://www.facebook.com/national.theatre.london More information: After years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive, John’s desire for a new life leads him to a place unknown by most. Based on frank interviews conducted by DV8’s Artistic Director, Lloyd Newson, JOHN combines spoken word with movement to create a touching and poignant theatrical experience. DV8 return to the National Theatre following their internationally-acclaimed productions To Be Straight With You and Can We Talk About This? ...and that’s why I come here, because it’s another door that’s opened, you never know where this is gonna lead.

National Theatre Live: JOHN trailer

JOHN will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on 9 December 2014. To find your nearest venue visit http://www.ntlive.com/JOHN ................................................................................................. JOHN contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for 18yrs+ Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre bring their powerful new production to the National Theatre. DV8 Physical Theatre has produced 18 highly acclaimed dance-theatre works and four films for television, which have garnered over 50 national and international awards. The company’s new production, JOHN, authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience. Lloyd Newson, DV8’s Artistic Director, interviewed more than 50 men asking them frank questions, initially about love and sex. One of those men was John. What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and touching. Years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive lead John on a search in which his life converges with others, in an unexpected place, unknown by most. Don’t miss this eagerly anticipated new production, broadcast live from the National Theatre. #DV8JOHN http://www.ntlive.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ntlive Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ntlive Blog: http://www.ntlive.com/blog

War Horse on stage (trailer) 2014

War Horse is now playing at the New London Theatre, on tour in the UK and Holland. Opening in South Africa October 2014 and China 2015. Find out more: http://warhorseonstage.com/ War Horse, based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, is a powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and magnificent artistry. South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company brings breathing, galloping, full-scale horses to life on the stage — their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables. War Horse had its first performance at the National in 2007 and transferred to London's West End in 2009; it is currently playing in London's West End as well as touring across the UK and Ireland and in its second tour of the US. The first foreign language production opened in Berlin in October and the Dutch production opens in May 2014. War Horse has been seen by over 5 million people worldwide. Experience the emotional journey that charges through the battlefields of history straight to hearts of audiences around the world.

National Theatre: Here Lies Love by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim opens

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s revolutionary musical experience Here Lies Love is now playing in the new Dorfman theatre. Elly Jackson (La Roux), Andrew Scott, Gemma Cairney, Kadiff Kirwan and Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) tell us what they thought. Here Lies Love traces the astonishing journey of Imelda Marcos, First Lady of the Philippines, from her meteoric rise to power to descent into infamy and disgrace. £20 Friday Rush Dance Floor tickets go on sale at 12noon every Friday for the following weeks performances. Find out more and book tickets for Here Lies Love: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/here-lies-love

National Theatre: Great Britain in the West End

Richard Bean’s fast and furious new play is an anarchic and foul-mouthed satire about the press, the police and the political establishment. Lucy Punch plays Paige Britain, the ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers. Find out more and book tickets: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/great-britain-at-the-theatre-royal-haymarket

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