national-theatre

Three Days in the Country at the National's Lyttelton Theatre. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Patrick Marber caps his hat-trick at the National Theatre – following the premiere of his new play The Red Lion and his script work on...
Minister for skills Nick Boles. Photo: Policy Exchange

High-profile theatre companies including Ambassador Theatre Group, the Really Useful Group and the National Theatre are creating a new apprenticeship qualification for budding technicians. Led...
Lee Anderson, Dave Fargnoli and Jafar Iqbal: the grand finalists in The Stage Critic Search

Lee Anderson, Dave Fargnoli and Jafar Iqbal are the three grand finalists in The Stage Critic Search 2015, our competition to find the nation’s...
Neil Murray and Graham McLaren at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Photo: Lensmen Photography

Dublin’s Abbey Theatre has appointed Neil Murray and Graham McLaren as joint directors. Murray and McLaren join the theatre from the National Theatre of Scotland,...
Mark Rylance in Farinelli and the King at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Mark Rylance has claimed subsidised companies such as the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company are charging “way too much” for tickets. The actor,...
Louise Ford and John Hodgkinson in Orson's Shadow at the Southwark Playhouse. Photo: Simon Annand

Plays about theatre making and theatrical personalities may veer towards narcissistic naval gazing. But Austin Pendleton, an American actor and director turned playwright, has...

Now in its 10th year, Tim Crouch's An Oak Tree has toured the world and won an Obie for its performances Off-Broadway. Last seen...

The James Plays are to be revived for a UK and international tour in 2016. Rona Munro's trilogy of plays about the Kings James I,...
The Motherf**ker With the Hat at the Lyttelton, National Theatre. Photo: Tristram Kenton

On the London tube posters, this latest National Theatre import from Broadway is called The Mother with the Hat, but there's a word missing...
Abbi Greenland, Helena Lymbery and Helen Goalen in We Want You to Watch

There’s something pretty uplifting about the National’s decision to pair up RashDash’s Helen Goalen and Abbi Greenland with the playwright Alice Birch and stage the...
The Red Lion at the Dorfman, National Theatre, London. Photo: Tristram Kenton

This is a hymn. Patrick Marber returns to the National – where his first play, Dealer’s Choice, was staged back in 1995 and where...
Rufus Norris. Photo: Paul Plews

If you spot a sleeping bag tucked away in the corner of the National Theatre’s Olivier, don’t be alarmed: it belongs to the National Theatre’s...
Rufus Norris, National Theatre director. Photo: Richard H Smith

Rufus Norris has said that “emotional stamina” is the key to success as a director, revealing that he did not earn more than £10,000...
Adrian Lester in Othello at the National Theatre in 2013. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Actor Adrian Lester has called on the industry to shame theatres and companies publicly that fail to reflect the cultural diversity of the UK. He...
Geoffrey Streatfeild and Samuel Barnett in The Beaux' Stratagem at London's National Theatre. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Simon Godwin’s production of George Farquhar’s play is one of the most consistently funny productions of a Restoration comedy you’re likely to see.  Geoffrey Streatfeild...

National Theatre director Rufus Norris has created a special department that he says will be an “engine room” to commission and develop new productions. In...
Matthew Warchus at the Old Vic. Photo: Manuel Harlan

There’s no way we can’t work,” said Rufus Norris and Tessa Ross back in January – except together, it now transpires, after Ross’ hasty...
Stanley Wells

Shakespeare scholar Stanley Wells has said that the theatre industry should “grow up” and allow white actors to play traditionally black characters such as...