Peter Gill, playwright and theatre director
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The National Theatre Studio

The NT Studio has two principal functions: to provide the NT company with an opportunity to refine and extend their skills; and to generate new and experimental work through projects, playreadings, and small-scale productions.

The Studio is in the Old Vic Annexe, which used to house the NT wardrobe and workshops and has now been converted to provide one small and two large working spaces.

The three varied spaces mean that a complex and interweaving pattern of work can be undertaken simultaneously.

There are regular classes in movement, voice and singing, opportunities for scene study and background work on particular plays and periods, and a number of one-off projects.

Side by side with these there is also a series of monthly projects involving a director, a writer, and a group of actors working either on a play, or an idea, or the adaptation of some already existing material. These projects take three weeks of every month. The fourth is usually kept for playreadings of new work by English and foreign writers.

All the productions and half the plays in the current season began life in the Studio in one form or another.

The Studio is financed by the NT Foundation (a Trust set up by the NT Board). Its finances are not drawn from NT funds; the money is raised from private sources. The Old Vic Annexe has been leased to the NT rent free by Ed Mirvish, the new owner of the Old Vic.

Before the closure of the Cottesloe, regular Studio Nights took place there, when examples of work-in-progress were shown to the general public for one night only The re-opening of the Cottesloe enables the Studio's new writing initiative to be staged for a wider audience.

For the Studio:


Peter Gill

Associate Director

John Burgess

Studio & Festival Manager

Sue Higginson

Technical Consultant

William Bundy


Harry Henderson


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