National Theatre Wales

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National Theatre Wales is the English language national theatre company of Wales, founded on a community of theatre makers and practitioners in May 2009, with the launch of an online community social network web site.[1]

The company proposed a national theatre of Wales with no permanent theatre building, but instead based on an accumulated body of practice, commissioning a series of new works, each initially located within a different site or community.[citation needed]

The company focuses on the production of work in the English language, rooted in Wales, with an international reach, and aims to build strong relationships with theatre makers, creative talents, participants and audiences in and beyond Wales.[2]

It has a counterpart in Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, the Welsh language national theatre of Wales, founded in 2003.


First season[edit]

In its inaugural season, National Theatre Wales realised thirteen new productions, each located in a different part of Wales.[3][4] Perhaps the most notable of these being The Persians[5][6][7] and The Passion,[8][9][10] both of which received critical acclaim and subsequant awards. The productions of this first season included, in chronological order:

  • A Good Night Out in the Valleys
  • Shelf Life
  • The Devil Inside Him
  • For Mountain, Sand and Sea
  • The Beach
  • The Persians
  • Love Steals Us From Loneliness
  • The Dark Philosophers
  • The Weather Factory
  • The Soul Exchange
  • Outdoors
  • Mundo paralelo
  • The Passion

Second season[edit]

In May 2011, after a successful first year, the company launched its second season,[11] including the productions:[12]

  • The Dark Philosophers Tour
  • The Village Social
  • Nofit state tour
  • A Provincial Life
  • The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning
  • Little Dogs
  • In Water I'm Weightless
  • Coriolan/us
  • Branches

Other activities[edit]

Alongside their main programme, the company is also developing the National Theatre Wales' Assembly programme, which they define as ‘a series of bespoke, democratically-elected creative arts projects which take place across Wales’.[13]

In 2012, National Theatre Wales, in partnership with BBC Cymru Wales TV Drama, established the Wales Drama Award, the first writers award in Wales, to be awarded for a drama in any medium.[14][15]


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