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On Demand. In Schools – Captioned Productions

The National Theatre productions available through the On Demand. In Schools programme, the NT’s digital initiative offering acclaimed curriculum-linked productions free of charge to primary and secondary schools across the country, are now fully captioned by STAGETEXT. 

On Demand. In Schools enables every primary and secondary school in the UK to access world-class theatre on demand in the classroom, with one third of all state secondary schools already signed up to the free digital programme. Captioning enables deaf, deafened and hard-of-hearing pupils and teachers to access the initiative. 

To learn more about or sign up to On Demand. In Schools click here.  

Captioning Awareness Week

The National Theatre is delighted to be taking part in STAGETEXT’s Captioning Awareness Week, 14 – 19 November 2016. A captioned performance of The Red Barn took place on Tuesday 15 November and a captioned performance of A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer is scheduled for Saturday 19 November. The NT will also be raising awareness through STAGETEXT’s #CAPaware social media campaign. 

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The Red Barn

A new play by David Hare, based on the novel La Main by Georges Simenon 

Connecticut, 1969. On their way back from a party, two couples struggle home through the snow. Not everyone arrives safely… With a cast including Mark Strong (A View from the Bridge), Hope Davis (God of Carnage) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager). 

Captioned Performances: 

Wednesday 23 November, 7.30pm, Thursday 12 January, 2.15pm

Audio-Described Performances:

Friday 18 November, 7.30pm, Saturday 19 November 2.15pm (plus pre-show Touch Tour at 12.45pm)

Saturday 14 January, 2.15pm (plus pre-show Touch Tour at 12.45pm)

A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer

A co-production with Complicite Associates. Book by Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel, music by Tom Parkinson, lyrics by Bryony Kimmings. img 9472 0

An all-singing, all-dancing examination of life with a cancer diagnosis. This brand new musical confronts the highs and lows of the scariest word we know. Expect big anthems, shiny costumes, blood, tears and real cancer patients in this rip-roaring, heart-breaking celebration of ordinary life and death.

Captioned Performances:

Saturday 19 November, 2pm, Monday 21 November, 7.30pm, Monday 28 November, 7.30pm

Audio-Described Performances: 

Friday 25 November, 7.30pm, Saturday 26 November, 2pm (plus pre-show Touch Tour at 12.30pm) 


By Peter Shaffer. 

Vienna: the music capital of the world.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy, he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God. 

Captioned Performances:

Tuesday 13 December, 7.30pm Tuesday 10 January, 2pm, Thursday 26 January, 7.30pm

Audio-Described Performances:

Friday 17 March, 7.30pm, Saturday 18 March, 2pm (plus pre-show Touch Tour at 12noon)

Peter Pan

A co-production with Bristol Old Vic. By JM Barrie, Devised by the Companies.

All children, expect one, grow up… Director Sally Cookson brings her wondrously inventive Peter Pan to the National Theatre after a sell-out, critically the habit of art touch touracclaimed run at Bristol Old Vic Theatre.

Captioned Performances:

Wednesday 28 December, 7pm, Friday 3 February, 7pm, Saturday 4 February, 2pm

Audio-Described Performances:

Saturday 17 December, 2pm (plus pre-show Touch Tour at 12.30pm) 

Relaxed Performance:

Saturday 21 January, 2pm


A co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre. By Alexander Zeldin. 

In the run up to Christmas, three families are placed in cramped temporary accommodation.

A middle-aged man and his elderly mum, a young family with a baby on the way, a newly arrived woman from Sudan. Strangers. Forced together. No space is personal. 

Captioned Performances:

Tuesday 3 January, 2.30pm, Monday 9 January, 7.30pm 

Audio-Described Performances:

Friday 6 January, 7.30pm, Saturday 7 January, 2.30pm (plus pre-show Touch Tour at 1pm) 

Hedda Gabler

By Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by Patrick Marber. 

Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free…Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge) – one of the world’s most exciting directors – makes his NT debut with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece. This new version by Patrick Marber (Closer, Three Days in the Country) features Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair) in the title role and Rafe Spall (Black Mirror, The Big Short) as Brack.

Captioned Performances:

Wednesday 25 January, 2.15pm, Tuesday 31 January, 7.30pm, Monday 13 February, 7.30pm

Audio-Described Performances:

Friday 27 January, 7.30pm, Saturday 28 January, 2.15pm (plus pre-show Touch Tour at 12.45pm)

Dublin Oldschool

by Emmet Kirwan

Presented by Project Arts Centre in association with Soho Theatre. Supported by Culture Ireland.the habit of art touch tour

Dublin Oldschool by Emmet Kirwan sees wannabe DJ Jason on a chemically enhanced trip through the streets of Dublin. Somewhere between the DJs, drug busts and hilltop raves, he stumbles across a familiar face from the past: his brother Daniel. They haven't spoken in years but, over a lost weekend, they reconnect and reminisce over tunes, trips and their city. A razor-sharp spoken word odyssey, Dublin Oldschool snaps and crackles, with high-octane performances.

Captioned Performance:

Monday 30 January, 8pm 


by Carly Wijs, BRONKS and Richard Jordan Productions with Theatre Royal Plymouth and Big in Belgium in association with Summerhall. 

In September 2004 a group of terrorists stormed a school in Beslan taking hundreds of children hostage. The ensuing siege lasted three days and left many dead. Us/Them is not a straightforward account of this terrible tragedy, but an exploration of the entirely individual way children cope with traumatic situations. Us/Them had a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 and won The Scotsman Fringe First Award.

Captioned Performance:

Friday 17 February, 8.30pm 

Audio-Described Performance:

Saturday 18 February, 2.30pm (plus pre-show Touch Tour at 12.45pm) 

Lost Without Words

A co-production with Improbable

‘If we don't get lost, how can we find a new route?’ Pioneering improvisers and theatre-makers Improbable bring you their latest show, Lost Without Words – a theatrical experiment. Imagine older actors in their 70s and 80s, actors who have spent their lives being other people, bringing life to other people's words. Imagine they were on stage with nothing but themselves and no words but their own. No script, no map, a different show every night, all they have is a lifetime of theatre to help them find their way.

Speech-to-Text Captioned Performance:

Wednesday 15 March, 6pm

Audio-Described Performance:

Thursday 16 March, 6pm (plus pre-show Touch Tour at 4.30pm)

My Country; a work in progress

In the words of people across the UK and Carol Ann Duffy

In the days following the EU referendum, the National Theatre began a nationwide listening project. A team of interviewers spoke to people around the country – from Leicester to Derry/Londonderry and Merthyr Tydfil to Glasgow – to hear their views of the country and town they live in, their lives, their future, and the referendum. Using exact words taken from the interviews, My Country; a work in progress puts those conversations centre stage. Rufus Norris, Director of the NT, collaborates with Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, to create this new production, which opens in London before playing at venues around the country.

Created in collaboration with eight UK arts organisations; Citizens Theatre, Curve, Derry Playhouse, Live Theatre, National Theatre Wales, Sage Gateshead, Salisbury Playhouse and Strike A Light Festival in association with Cusack Projects Limited.

Captioned Performance:

Monday 20 March, 8pm

Audio-Described Performance:

Saturday 11 March, 2pm (plus pre-show Touch Tour at 12.30pm)

Ugly Lies the Bone

A new play by Lindsey Ferrentino

‘Beauty is but skin deep, ugly lies the bone; beauty dies and fades away, but ugly holds its own.’ After three tours in Afghanistan and months in a severe burns unit, Jess (Kate Fleetwood) finally returns to Florida. In a small town on the Space Coast, as the final shuttle is about the launch, Jess must confront her scars, and a home that may have changed even more than her. Experimenting with pioneering virtual reality therapy, she builds a breathtaking new world where she can escape her pain. There, she begins to restore her relationships, her life and, slowly, herself.

Award-winning American playwright Lindsey Ferrentino makes her UK debut with this honest and funny new drama, directed by Indhu Rubasingham (The Motherf**ker with the Hat).

Captioned Performances:

Saturday 25 March, 2.15pm, Wednesday 29 March, 7.30pm

Audio-Described Performances:

Friday 31 March, 7.30pm, Saturday 1 April, 2.15pm (plus pre-show Touch Tour at 12.45pm) 

Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. Simon Godwin (Man and Superman, The Beaux' Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig as a transformed Malvolia.

Captioned Performances:

Saturday 8 April, 2pm, Tuesday 11 April, 7.30pm

Audio-Described Performances:

Friday 24 March,7.30pm, Saturday 25 March, 2pm (plus pre-show Touch Tour at 12.30pm) 


A new play by Nina Raine

Why is justice blind? Is she impartial? Or is she blinkered? Friends Ed and Matt take opposing briefs in a rape case. The key witness is a woman whose life seems a world away from theirs. At home, their own lives begin to unravel as every version of the truth is challenged. Nina Raine’s powerful, painful, funny play sifts the evidence from every side and puts justice herself in the dock.

Captioned Performances:

Monday 24 April, 7.30pm, Saturday 6 May, 2.30pm

Audio-Described Performances:

Friday 28 April, 7.30pm, Saturday 29 April, 2.30pm (plus pre-show Touch Tour at 12.45pm) 


Alan Bennett: Keeping On Keeping On

Wed 23 Nov, 6pm, Lyttelton Theatre

Alan Bennett reads from Keeping On Keeping On, his new collection of prose, following Writing Home and Untold Stories. It includes reflections on his collaboration with Nicholas Hytner, a comic radio play and his diaries 2005-2015, a decade that saw four premieres at the National Theatre including The Habit of Art, a doublebill in the West End, and the films The History Boys and The Lady in the Van.

The platform will feature live speech-to-text captioned by STAGETEXT.

Tonic Celebrates: Inspirational Women in Theatre

Thursday 23 February, 7.30pm 

Theatre’s leading female artists in conversation with Lucy Kerbel.

The platform will feature live speech to text captioned by STAGETEXT.

War Horse – On Tour

Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo. Adapted by Nick Stafford. In association with the award-winning Handspring Puppet Company.

Following eight record-breaking years in London’s West End, and having played to over 7 million people in 11 countries around the world, the NT’s acclaimed production War Horse, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, will embark on a UK tour from September 2017. 

For tour dates visit  and for assisted performances please see the individual theatre’s website.

 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – in London’s West End and On Tour

By Simon Stephens, based on the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon.

The NT’s award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in London’s West End and on tour. Winner of 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awards, including ‘Best Play’, the production brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to thrilling life on stage, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott.

For tour dates visit  and for assisted performances please see the individual theatre’s website.

Jane Eyre

Adapted by Sally Cookson from Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece.

The highly acclaimed co-production between the NT and Bristol Old Vic opens at The Lowry in Salford on 8 April and will continue its journey around the country to Sheffield, Aylesbury, Plymouth, Southampton, Edinburgh, York, Woking, Glasgow, Richmond, Canterbury, Cardiff, Newcastle, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Brighton, Leeds, Aberdeen and Birmingham.

For tour dates visit  and for assisted performances please see the individual theatre’s website.


November 17, 2016

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