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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: 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)

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

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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

National Theatre Live: Of Mice and Men official trailer

Of Mice and Men will screen in international cinemas from 6 November 2014.To find your nearest venue visit http://www.ntlive.com/ofmiceandmen UK screenings dates will be announced in coming months. To sign up for updates visit http://www.ntlive.com/signup Golden Globe® winner and Academy Award® nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk) and Tony Award® nominee Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls) star in the hit Broadway production Of Mice And Men, filmed on stage by National Theatre Live. This landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck's play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. Of Mice and Men is directed by Tony Award®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circles award winner Anna D. Shapiro (Broadway’s August: Osage County) and features Leighton Meester (Country Strong, Gossip Girl) and Tony Award® winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer). The production was nominated for two Tony Awards®, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O'Dowd. #miceandmenbway http://www.ntlive.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ntlive Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ntlive Blog: http://www.ntlive.com/blog

Great Britain opens in the West End

STOP PRESS! 'One of the West End starriest opening nights of the year!' (whatsonstage.com) Get all the celebrity news and gossip here, direct from the opening night. 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. Now playing for a strictly limited season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. More information and book tickets: http://greatbritainonstage.com/

National Theatre Live: Skylight trailer

Skylight will screen in international cinemas from 23 October 2014.To find your nearest venue visit http://www.ntlive.com/skylight Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in the highly anticipated West End production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry, broadcast live from 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. 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: playwright Rona Munro on The James Plays

Award-winning writer Rona Munro talks about her new trilogy of history plays, The James Plays – James I, James II and James III. Playing from 10 September in the Olivier Theatre. Find out more: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/jamesplays 500 £15 Travelex Tickets available for every performance. 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. A co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival. #JamesPlays @nationaltheatre @NTSonline

Great Britain by Richard Bean at Theatre Royal Haymarket

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

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

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

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