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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: 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

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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

National Theatre: Ordinary People - a short film about A Small Family Business

Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business, a riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed is currently playing in the Olivier theatre. Find out more and book tickets: http://bit.ly/1jTeeiZ Broadcast live to cinemas around the world on 12 June by National Theatre Live. What if all your in-laws are outlaws? 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. ★★★★ 'A fast and furious farce.' Daily Express #ASmallFamilyBusiness @nationaltheatre https://twitter.com/NationalTheatre

National Theatre Live: A Small Family Business trailer

A Small Family Business, by Alan Ayckbourn, will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on Thursday 12 June, 2014. To find your nearest venue visit http://www.ntlive.com A riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn (Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval). A Small Family Business returns to the National Theatre for the first time since its celebrated premiere in 1987, when it won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play. 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. 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. #ASmallFamilyBusiness 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 Silver Tassie - audience reactions

This production is now closed. Howard Davies directs Sean O'Casey's powerful and rarely performed anti-war play The Silver Tassie. Playing until 3 July. Find out more and book tickets: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/the-silver-tassie Ireland, World War One. From the Dublin tenements to the trenches. Local football hero Harry Heegan leads his team to victory before heading to the nightmare world of the trenches. Tweet using #TheSilverTassie @nationaltheatre Twitter: https://twitter.com/NationalTheatre Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/national.theatre.london

National Theatre: The Animals and Children Took to the Streets

The Animals and Children Took to the Streets - The internationally acclaimed show by 1927 returns for six performances, from 23 May. Find out more and book tickets: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/the-animals-and-children-took-to-the-streets-1

National Theatre: The Silver Tassie by Sean O'Casey (official trailer)

This production is now closed. Howard Davies directs Sean O'Casey's powerful and rarely performed anti-war play The Silver Tassie. Playing until 3 July. Find out more and book tickets: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/the-silver-tassie Ireland, World War One. From the Dublin tenements to the trenches. Local football hero Harry Heegan leads his team to victory before heading to the nightmare world of the trenches. Tweet using #TheSilverTassie @nationaltheatre Twitter: https://twitter.com/NationalTheatre Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/national.theatre.london

National Theatre: King Lear (official trailer)

This production has now closed. 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

National Theatre: 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

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