Previously, we were unable to offer regular opportunities for active, creative learning on site – there simply wasn’t the space. Now, thanks to the new Learning Centre, there is a much more regular programme of events, workshops and courses, for all ages, including schools and young people, here at the National Theatre.

We are also able to offer activities that open up the backstage work of the NT (for example technical theatre, scenic art, costume making), which we know are of enormous interest to schools, young people and adults, but we have not had an appropriate space to respond to this demand until now. Holding these activities at the NT will give our participants a different experience. The link to the High-Level Walkway, the Dorfman Theatre and our backstage spaces means that participants have a chance to get much closer to the work of the NT. And holding these activities at the NT means there are many more opportunities for staff and artists to get involved in the Learning programme.