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National Theatre of Scotland

National Theatre of Scotland
The logo of the National Theatre of Scotland
TypeTheatre group
Artistic director(s)
Jackie Wylie (2017 - )

The National Theatre of Scotland, established in 2006, is the national theatre company of Scotland. The company has no theatre building of its own; instead it tours work to theatres, village halls, schools and site-specific locations, both at home and internationally.

The company has created over 200 productions and collaborates with other theatre companies, local authorities, and individual artists to create a variety of performances, from large-scale productions through to theatre specifically made for the smallest venues.

Many different spaces have been used for productions, as well as conventional theatres: airports and tower blocks, community halls and drill halls, ferries and forests.

The creation of a national theatre was one of the commitments of the Scottish Executive's National Cultural Strategy.


After Scottish devolution in 1997, long-discussed plans for a national theatre for Scotland began to come to fruition.[1] In 2000, the Scottish Executive invited the Scottish Arts Council to conduct a feasibility study into a Scottish national theatre, and an independent working group subsequently reported in May 2001.[2] The model for a National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) that was resolved upon was a commissioning theatre, a "theatre without walls", with no need for a new theatre building or a permanent company of actors, but making use of existing theatre buildings, actors and technical staff to create new work to be staged in venues throughout Scotland and internationally.[3][4][5]

In September 2003, the Scottish Executive announced confirmed funding of £7.5m for the establishment of the NTS, with £3.5m for the year April 2004 to March 2005 and £4m for the following year.[3][6] Robert Findlay, once Chief Executive of Scottish Radio Holdings, was appointed as chairman, and once a Board had also been appointed, the search for the first Artistic Director for the NTS began.[3]

Artistic direction

Vicky Featherstone was the founding Artistic Director and held the post from before the theatre's launch in 2006, to 2013.[7]

Laurie Sansom took up the post in March 2013.[8][9] His resignation was announced in April 2016.

Jackie Wylie, former Artistic Director of The Arches in Glasgow, will take up the appointment of the National Theatre of Scotland's Artistic Director in Spring 2017.[10]

Notable productions

Black Watch (2006) by Gregory Burke which won four Laurence Olivier Awards and multiple international awards.[11]

Macbeth (2012) starring Alan Cumming, presented in Glasgow and at the Lincoln Center Festival and subsequently, Broadway, New York.[12]

Let The Right One In (2013), adapted by Jack Thorne from John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel and screenplay, which won the 2014 South Bank Sky Arts Award for theatre.[13]

The James Plays (2014), a historical trilogy by Rona Munro, which won the Evening Standard Theatre Award 2014 for Best Play.[14]

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (2015), adapted by Lee Hall, based on the 1998 novel The Sopranos by Alan Warner. The production won a Scotsman Fringe First Award, a Herald Angel Award and a Stage Award for Acting Excellence during its opening run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.[15]


Research into audience responses to two productions, Brian Friel's Molly Sweeney and Nicola McCartney's adaptation of S.R. Harris's A Sheep Called Skye, found that "review of the literature and case examples from the theatre sector has revealed the unique power of rural spaces and the tangible benefits of authentic rural marketing".[16]


  1. ^ David Pollock (8 January 2013). "Vicky Featherstone: London calling". The Independent. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "Scottish National Theatre Independent Working Group" (PDF). Scottish Arts Council. May 2001. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "National Theatre of Scotland Board welcomed". Scottish Arts Council. 11 March 2004. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "Theatre's first boss plots Act 1". 30 October 2004. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ Joyce McMillan (25 February 2011). "NTS artistic director Vicky Featherstone is in optimistic mood on its fifth anniversary". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "National theatre vision realised". BBC News. 11 September 2003. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ "Royal Court Theatre Announces Vicky Featherstone as Next Artistic Director at The Royal Court Theatre". Royal Court Theatre. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ Thom Dibdin (24 October 2012). "Laurie Sansom appointed to lead National Theatre of Scotland". The Stage. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ "National Theatre of Scotland names new artistic director". BBC News. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ "The 'inspired' appointment of Jackie Wylie". The Scotsman. 26 October 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ Burke, Gregory (2010). Black Watch. London: Faber and Faber. p. xxiii. ISBN 978-0-571-27490-1.
  12. ^ Isherwood, Charles (5 July 2008). "A Greek God and His Groupies Are Dressed to Kill". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ Hemley, Matthew (27 January 2014). "Let the Right One In beats National's Othello at South Bank Sky Arts Awards". The Stage. The Stage Media Company Limited. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ Powell, Emma; Vipers, Gareth (30 November 2014). "Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014". Evening Standard. Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ "2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Award Winners". Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ Walmsley, Ben (2012). "Re-defining rural marketing: Insights from touring theatre" (PDF). International Journal of Rural Management. Retrieved 2020.

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