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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: Ballyturk trailer

Ballyturk by Enda Walsh is playing from 11 September. Find out more and book tickets: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/ballyturk Cillian Murphy returns to the National following his electrifying solo performance in Misterman. He is joined by Enda Walsh’s long-time collaborator Mikel Murfi, and the internationally acclaimed Stephen Rea. The lives of two men unravel quickly over the course of 90 minutes. Where are they? Who are they? What is this room, and what might be beyond the walls? #Ballyturk @nationaltheatre https://twitter.com/NationalTheatre Ballyturk is Presented by Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival Director – Enda Walsh Set & Costume Designer – Jamie Vartan Lighting Designer – Adam Silverman Sound Designer – Helen Atkinson Composer – Teho Teardo

National Theatre: The James Plays (official trailer)

The James Plays – James I, James II and James III – are a trio of new history plays by award-winning writer Rona Munro. A co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival. Exhilarating and vividly imagined, The James Plays bring to life three generations of Stewart kings who ruled Scotland in the tumultuous fifteenth century. Each play stands alone as a unique vision of a country tussling with its past and future; together they create an intricate and compelling narrative on Scottish culture and nationhood, full of playful wit and boisterous theatricality. Playing from 10 September in the Olivier Theatre. Find out more: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/series/the-james-plays 500 £15 Travelex Tickets available for every performance. #JamesPlays @nationaltheatre @NTSonline

National Theatre: Medea today

Actor Helen McCrory, writer Ben Power and director Carrie Cracknell talk about Euripides' Medea as a contemporary story and how it is still a relevant play for today. Medea, by Euripides in a new version by Ben Power with Helen McCrory in the title role, will broadcast live to cinemas world-wide on 4 September. Find your nearest venue: http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/46190-medea

National Theatre: Here Lies Love - official London trailer

Fresh from taking New York by storm, this revolutionary musical experience by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim arrives at the National Theatre for a strictly limited run. Book tickets: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/here-lies-love #HereLiesLove @nationaltheatre https://twitter.com/NationalTheatre https://www.facebook.com/national.theatre.london 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. The footage in this video is from the production at the The Public Theatre in New York. See who is in the London cast: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/here-lies-love?cast

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National Theatre Live: Skylight

Skylight will screen internationally from 23 October 2014 To find your nearest venue visit http://www.ntlive.com/skylight . . . . . . Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in the highly acclaimed West End production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry, captured live in London’s West End by National Theatre Live. On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires. 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. #Skylight http://www.ntlive.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ntlive Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ntlive Blog: http://www.ntlive.com/blog

National Theatre: sit on-stage for The James Plays

Get close to the action and sit on-stage during The James Plays - Rona Munro’s bold new Scottish trilogy about the Stewart kings, James I, II and III. All on-stage seats are £15 Travelex Tickets. Find out more and book: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/series/the-james-plays James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/james-i-the-key-will-keep-the-lock James II: Day of The Innocents http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/james-ii-day-of-the-innocents James III The True Mirror: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/james-iii-the-true-mirror A co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival #JamesPlays @nationaltheatre: https://twitter.com/NationalTheatre @NTSonline: https://twitter.com/NTSonline

NT Live: Frankenstein Encore Trailer with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller

National Theatre Live’s thrilling broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas for a limited time, due to unprecedented audience demand. Find your nearest venue: http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/16546-frankenstein Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years A Slave, Star Trek: Into Darkness) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Mansfield Park) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation. The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale. @NTLive #ntFrankenstein

National Theatre Live: Medea trailer

Medea will be broadcast live from the National Theatre on 4 September To find your nearest venue visit http://www.ntlive.com/medea . . . . . . Terrible things breed in broken hearts. Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she's left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day's grace. It's time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear. Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) takes the title role in Euripides' powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell, with music written by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp. 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. #Medea http://www.ntlive.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ntlive Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ntlive Blog: http://www.ntlive.com/blog

National Theatre: Helen McCrory on Medea

Helen McCrory returns to the National to take the title role in Euripides' powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power with music written by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp. Now playing at the National Theatre until 4 September. Find out more and book tickets: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/medea Medea will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on Thursday 4 September. To find your nearest venue visit: http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/46190-medea

The Elephantom Charges into the West End!

The Elephantom has moved into the West End. 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. Find out more and book tickets: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/the-elephantom

National Theatre: a scene from Great Britain with Billie Piper as tabloid news editor

Richard Bean's fast and furious new play is an anarchic and foul-mouthed satire about the press, the police and the political establishment. Billie Piper plays Paige Britain, ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers. Playing at the National Theatre until 23 August. Book tickets now: http://ow.ly/yMkQ9 Great Britain transfers to the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 10 September. Tickets now on sale. #ntGreatBritain

National Theatre Connections 2015: Ben Ockrent

Playwright Ben Ockrent talks about his new play "Hacktivists" written for young people to perform as part of National Theatre Connections in 2015. Check out our website for more details http://connections.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

National Theatre Connections 2015: Cush Jumbo

Playwright Cush Jumbo talks about her new play "The Accordion Shop" written for young people to perform as part of National Theatre Connections in 2015. Check out our website for more details http://connections.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

National Theatre Connections 2015: Elinor Cook

Playwright Elinor Cook talks about her new play "The Boy Preference" written for young people to perform as part of National Theatre Connections in 2015. Check out our website for more details http://connections.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

National Theatre Connections 2015: Eugene O'Hare

Playwright Eugene O'Hare talks about his new play "Hospital Food" written for young people to perform as part of National Theatre Connections in 2015. Check out our website for more details http://connections.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

National Theatre Connections 2015: Katherine Chandler

Playwright Katherine Chandler talks about her new play "Hood" written for young people to perform as part of National Theatre Connections in 2015. Check out our website for more details http://connections.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

National Theatre Connections 2015: Katie Douglas

Playwright Katie Douglas talks about her new play "Follow Follow" written for young people to perform as part of National Theatre Connections in 2015. Check out our website for more details http://connections.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

National Theatre Connections 2015: Sarah Solemani

Playwright Sarah Solemani talks about her new play "The Crazy Sexy Cool Girls Fan Club" written for young people to perform as part of National Theatre Connections in 2015. Check out our website for more details http://connections.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

National Theatre Connections 2015: Stef Smith

Playwright Sarah Solemani talks about her new play "Remote" written for young people to perform as part of National Theatre Connections in 2015. Check out our website for more details http://connections.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

National Theatre Connections 2015: Jamie Brittain

Playwright Sarah Solemani talks about his new play "Drama, Baby" written for young people to perform as part of National Theatre Connections in 2015. Check out our website for more details http://connections.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

National Theatre: director Carrie Cracknell on Medea

Helen McCrory returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides' powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power with music written by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp. Directed by Carrie Cracknell. Playing from 14 July - 4 September in the Olivier theatre. Over 500 £15 Travelex tickets available for every performance. Find out more and book tickets: http://bit.ly/1nP3Uas Medea will also be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on Thursday 4 September. To find your nearest venue visit http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/46190-medea #Medea @nationaltheatre

National Theatre: Medea with Helen McCrory in title role (Official trailer)

Helen McCrory returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides' powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power with music written by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp. Directed by Carrie Cracknell. Playing from 14 July - 4 September in the Olivier theatre. Over 500 £15 Travelex tickets available for every performance. Find out more and book tickets: http://bit.ly/1nP3Uas Medea will also be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on Thursday 4 September. To find your nearest venue visit http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/46190-medea #Medea @nationaltheatre

NT Future: Penelope Wilton ventures backstage

NAME A SEAT: Donate £5 by 18 June and you could win a chance to name a seat in the new Dorfman Theatre. Donate here: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/support-us/nt-future/win-a-chance-to-name-a-seat-in-the-dorfman-theatre NT Future is an £80m redevelopment project to transform your national theatre. Find out more about NT Future and how you can donate: http://ntfuture.nationaltheatre.org.uk Your donation, large or small, will help us reach our £80m target. Soon you'll be able to see shows in the new Dorfman Theatre; make amazing discoveries in the Clore Learning Centre -- and even watch new productions being created backstage. As well as enjoying a warm welcome and improved facilities every time you visit. We've only got this far with the support of audience members like you. So thank you. Please give all you can to make sure you're part of this exciting future. Text RNTF01 plus the amount you wish to donate to 70070 (max £10). #NTFuture @nationaltheatre

NT Connections: Festival 2014 (trailer)

National Theatre Connections 2-7 July The Connections Festival is the finale of the National Theatre's year-long, nationwide programme of new writing for young people. Youth theatre companies from Inverness to Cornwall, and Belfast to Norfolk have produced and performed these specially commissioned plays in schools and venues across the country and at Connections Festivals in 26 leading theatres. Ten of these young companies will perform at the National Theatre festival in July. A Shop Selling Speech by Sabrina Mahfouz Same by Deborah Bruce Tomorrow by Simon Vinnicombe The Wardrobe by Sam Holcroft Horizon by Matt Hartley Heritage by Dafydd James Hearts by Luke Norris Angels by Pauline McLynn Pronoun by Evan Placey A Letter to Lacey by Catherine Johnson Find out more and book tickets: http://bit.ly/1oZmf7y Tweet using #NTConnections and @NTConnections Twitter: https://twitter.com/NTConnections Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/National.Thea...

NT Future: Rory Kinnear ventures backstage

NT Future is an £80m redevelopment project to transform your national theatre. Find out more about NT Future and how you can donate: http://ntfuture.nationaltheatre.org.uk Your donation, large or small, will help us reach our £80m target. Soon you'll be able to see shows in the new Dorfman Theatre; make amazing discoveries in the Clore Learning Centre -- and even watch new productions being created backstage. As well as enjoying a warm welcome and improved facilities every time you visit. We've only got this far with the support of audience members like you. So thank you. Please give all you can to make sure you're part of this exciting future. Text RNTF01 plus the amount you wish to donate to 70070 (max £10). #NTFuture @nationaltheatre

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