Supporting Nationwide Learning Programmes for Young People at the National Theatre

The Winter’s Tale, performed as part of Schools Touring, spring 2018. Photo: Ellie Kurtz

“When you’re part of Connections, you feel like you belong, you feel as if you’re part of this ground-breaking movement. It is almost like you’re planting a seed for the next generation of kids to grow and learn from, which makes me feel amazing, feeling like I am making a difference while educating myself as well.”
Connections 2018 Participant, Bristol

The Mohn Westlake Foundation supports the National Theatre with its nationwide learning programmes for young people, which aim to open up theatre to schools, young people and those who might not otherwise have the chance to experience world-class theatre.


Dungeness by Chris Thompson, performed by PACE Youth Theatre as part of the Connections Festival 2018. Photo: Richard Davenport

Connections is a year-long festival in which young people rehearse and perform one of ten specially written plays; New Views is a playwriting programme which offers 15-19 year olds support as they write, and the chance to have their work staged at the National Theatre. Let’s Play offers scripts and learning resources for primary school productions; while Schools Touring tours productions for school audiences into primary and secondary schools across England, focusing on areas of low engagement with the arts.

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Students at Hill Mead Primary School, Brixton, perform an excerpt from King Arthur at the Let’s Play nationwide launch. Photo: Ellie Kurtz

“The children have developed skills in understanding the relationship between characters and audience, focus, working ‘as one’ and in problem-solving.”Teacher, Berger Primary School, Hackney, on Let’s Play

Updated Jan 2019

If you'd like to learn more about the National Theatre's Learning programmes, please visit their website:

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When They Go Low by Natalie Mitchell, performed by CAPAS College as part of the Connections Festival 2018. Photo: Richard Davenport

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