The Royal National Theatre (generally known as the National Theatre) in London is one of the United Kingdom's two most prominent publicly funded theatre companies, alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company. Internationally, it is styled the National Theatre of Great Britain.
From its foundation in 1963 until 1976, the company was based at the Old Vic theatre in Waterloo. The current building was designed by architects Sir Denys Lasdun and Peter Softley and contains three stages, which opened individually between 1976 and 1977. It is located next to the Thames in the South Bank area of central London. In addition to performances at the National Theatre building, the National Theatre company continues to perform touring productions at theatres across the United Kingdom.
Since 1988, the theatre has been permitted to call itself the Royal National Theatre, but the full title is rarely used. The theatre presents a varied programme, including Shakespeare and other international classic drama; and new plays by contemporary playwrights. Each auditorium in the theatre can run up to three shows in repertoire, thus further widening the number of plays which can be put on during any one season.
In the 2009-2010 season, the theatre began National Theatre Live (NT Live), a program of simulcasts of live productions to cinemas, first in the United Kingdom and then internationally. The program began its pilot season in June 2009 with a production of Phedre, starring Helen Mirren, which was screened live in 70 cinemas across the UK. Today, National Theatre Live productions are broadcast to over 700 venues in 22 countries around the world.
The NT has an annual turnover of approximately £54 million (in 2008–09). Earned income made up approximately 54% of this total (34% from ticket sales and 20% as revenue from the restaurants, bookshops, etc.). Support from the Arts Council and a number of smaller government grants provided 35% of this income, and the remaining 11% came from a mixture of private support from companies, individuals, trusts and foundations.
... Year Title Role Company Theatre Notes 1957 York Mystery Plays Virgin Mary Old Vic Company St Mary's Abbey 1957 Hamlet Ophelia Old Vic Company Old Vic Theatre 1957 Measure for Measure Juliet Old ...
1982 Borderline by Hanif Kureshi (Royal Court Theatre) 1983 True Dare Kiss by Debbie Horsfield (Liverpool Playhouse) 1984 No award given 1985 Particular Friendships by Martin Allen (Hampstead Theatre) 1986 The Boys. 1994 Uganda by Judith Johnson (Royal National Theatre) 1995 Pale Horse by Joe Penhall (Royal National Theatre) 1996 The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh (Roya ... Play produced at the Royal Court Theatre ...
1991 Pericles by William Shakespeare – Royal Shakespeare Company The Pit Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo – Cottesloe Theatre Kean by Jean-Paul ... Heartbreak House by George Bernard Shaw – Theatre Royal Haymarket Henry IV, Part 1, and Part 2 by William Shakespeare – Royal Shakespeare Company Barbican Theatre No Man's Land by ... Sherriff – Comedy Theatre / Playhouse Theatre / Duke of York's Theatre 2006 Hedda Gabler – Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Richard Eyre Death of a Salesman ...
... Samuel Adamson's debut play was Clocks and Whistles at the Bush Theatre in 1996 in a production directed by then-artistic director Dominic Dromgoole, with a cast including Kate ... while Pillars of the Community at the Lyttleton at the Royal National Theatre was directed by Marianne Elliott in 2005 and starred Damian Lewis and Lesley Manville ... directed by Dominic Dromgoole Three Sisters, which transferred to the Whitehall Theatre, and The Cherry Orchard which moved to the Riverside Studios ...
... The annual "Watch This Space Festival" is a free summer-long celebration of outdoor theatre, circus and dance ...
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