Upcoming Platforms, events, debates and exhibitions at National Theatre


An eclectic programme of talks, discussions and interviews, offering the chance to learn more about the National’s work and the arts in general. Running time 45 minutes unless stated.

21 November, 6pm, Dorfman, James Hayes: Shouting in the Evenings

22 November, 6pm, Lyttelton, The Jocelyn Herbert Lecture Rae Smith – 3D Imagination

23 November, 6pm, Lyttelton, Alan Bennett: Keeping On Keeping On

25 November, 5.15pm (1hr), Olivier, A Poem for Every Night of the Year

13 December, 5.45pm (1hr), Lyttelton, An Evening with Private Eye

16 December, 5.30pm, Lyttelton, The Theatre Quiz with Emma Freud

4 January, 6pm, Dorfman, Alexander Zeldin on LOVE

11 January, 5.45pm (1hr), Olivier, Lucian Msamati on Amadeus 

17 January, 6.30pm, Dorfman, Carly Wijs on Us/Them

20 January, 5.30pm, Olivier, Sally Cookson on Peter Pan

23 January, 3pm (1hr), Lyttelton, Ruth Wilson on Hedda Gabler

27 January, 5.45pm, Cottesloe Room, Peter Pan – archetypal adolescent

31 January, 6pm, Lyttelton, Ivo van Hove and Patrick Marber on Hedda Gabler

3 March, 6pm, Lyttelton, Lindsey Ferrentino and Indhu Rubasingham on Ugly Lies the Bone

10 March, 4.30pm, Dorfman, Improbable on Lost Without Words

14 March, 6.30pm, Dorfman, Pádraig Cusack and Rufus Norris on My Country; a work in progress

21 March, 6pm, Olivier, Simon Godwin on Twelfth Night

24 March, 3pm (1hr), Olivier, Tamsin Greig on Twelfth Night

31 March, 6pm, Olivier, Redressing the Balance: Gender in Shakespeare

12 April, 6pm, Dorfman, Roger Michell on Consent

26 April, 6pm, Dorfman, A Question of Consent 


Theatre Dialogue Club

Thu 17 Nov and Thu 26 Jan,

7-8.15pm, £3

This works like a book group: see a performance in your own time, then

Return to the NT to discuss it with other audience members.

Course: How to begin Playwriting

Tue 17 Jan – 28 Mar6.30-8.30pm, £400/£350

A ten-week course on how to begin writing a play. Available by application, please see

website for details

In Depth: Adapt or Die – Adaptations from the NT

Tue 31 Jan, 10.30am – 4.30pm, £50/40

Lightbulb Walks

Sat 18 Feb, 2pm and 5pm (1hr), meet in the Dorfman Foyer

Tonic Celebrates: Inspirational Women in Theatre

Thu 23 Feb, 7.30pm (2hrs) Dorfman, £10

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

The Culture of International Women’s Day

Wed 8 Mar, 11.30am and 6.15pm, £3

Cultural Agenda of Wellbeing

Mon 13 Mar, 5pm £6/£5

Exploring the role of arts and creativity in healing.

In Context: How Do We Remember 

Thu 16 Mar2-5pm, £25/20

Inspired by themes in Lost Without Words

Twelfth Night on stage and screen

Fri 21 Apr, 6pm, £6/£5



24 November, 5.45pm (1hr) Dorfman, Death – final matters

30 March, 5.45pm (1hr) Lyttelton, Return from Duty – the road to recovery

On Screen                                                                                                    

Linked to programmes on our stages.

Emil and the Detectives (dir. Milton Rosner, U)

and Red Balloon (dir. Albert Lamoirsse, U)

Sat 12 Nov, Cottesloe Room, 10.30am £3.50

Wind in the Willows (dir. Rachel Talalay)

Sat 19 Nov Cottesloe Room, 10.30am £3.50

Cathy Come Home (dir Ken Loach, PG)

Fri 9 Dec, Cottesloe Room, 5.30pm, £5

Dark Days (dir. Marc Singer, 15)

In collaboration with Homeless Film Festival

Mon 12 Dec, 5.30pm, Cottesloe Room, £5

Spirit of the Beehive (dir. Victor Erice, 1973, PG)

Mon 30 Jan, 5.30pm, Cottesloe Room, £5/£3

Ganashatru (dir. Satyajit Ray,1989, U)

Thu 9 Feb, 5.30pm, Cottesloe Room, £5/£3

Family On Screen: Bill (dir. Richard Bracewell, 2015, PG)

Sat 11 Feb, 11.30am, Cottesloe Room, £3.50

Family On Screen Relaxed: Bill (dir. Richard Bracewell, 2015, PG)

Sat 18 Feb, 11.30am, Duffield Studio, £3.50

Amour (dir. Michael Haneke, 2012, 12)

Sat 4 Mar, 2pm, Cottesloe Room, £5/£3

Family On Screen: City of Ember (dir. Gil Kenan, 2008, PG)

Sat 18 Mar, 11.30am, Cottesloe Room, £3.50


Free, open daily.

Concrete Reality: Denys Lasdun and the Architecture of the National Theatre 

Olivier Circle Gallery

Explore the radical designs and raw impact of architect Denys Lasdun’s masterpiece in this exhibition.

Adapt or Die 

Lyttelton Lounge

Revealing how adaptations have influenced programming at the NT throughout its history.

Art of Make Believe: Staging Children’s 

Wolfson Gallery, from 14 Nov

A playful exhibition exploring how children’s classics stories have been transformed into extraordinary theatre.

Exhibition Insight and Archive Handling Sessions in the Lyttelton Lounge

25 Nov, 27 Jan, 24 Feb & 31 Mar, 12.30pm (30 mins tour and 30 mins handling session). Free but booking required.

Join the exhibition curators or archivists for a 30 minute walk around the Lyttelton Lounge exhibition, followed by a drop-in handling session.