The National Theatre Guide

The National Theatre Guide

by Sarah Hemming

The National Theatre has been at the forefront of British and international theatre for more than 50 years. This is the official guide to everything from the history of the organisation and the design of its iconic building to some of its most dramatic moments – both on and off stage.

Find out how a playwright experiments at the NT Studio, hear the challenges of directing a show in the vast Olivier theatre, step into an NT dressing room to discover an actor’s pre-performance routine, and explore the incredible work of backstage departments including costume; props; scenic construction; scenic art; wigs, hair and make-up; lighting; sound and video.

Packed with interviews and insights from some of theatre’s greatest talents, and with full colour photographs throughout, The National Theatre Guide offers backstage access to an organisation that makes world-class theatre – for everyone.