National Theatre of Scotland

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National Theatre of Scotland
The logo of the National Theatre of Scotland
Formation 2006
Type Theatre group
Artistic director(s)

Laurie Sansom (current)

Vicky Featherstone (2004-2012)

The National Theatre of Scotland is a theatre company established in 2006. The company has no theatre building of its own. Instead it tours work to theatres, village halls, schools and site-specific locations across Scotland, the UK 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.

Artistic direction[edit]

Laurie Sansom is the current Artistic Director, having taken up the post in March 2013.[1][2] Vicky Featherstone was the founding Artistic Director and held the post from before the theatre's launch in 2006, to 2013.[3]

Notable productions[edit]

Black Watch (2006) by Gregory Burke which won four Laurence Olivier Awards and multiple international awards.[4]

Macbeth (2012) starring Alan Cumming, presented in Glasgow and at the Lincoln Center Festival and subsequently, Broadway, New York.[5]

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.[6]

The James Plays (2014), a historical trilogy by Rona Munro, which won the Evening Standard Theatre Award 2014 for Best Play.[7]

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.[8]


  1. ^ Thom Dibdin (24 October 2012). "Laurie Sansom appointed to lead National Theatre of Scotland". The Stage. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "National Theatre of Scotland names new artistic director". BBC News. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Royal Court Theatre Announces Vicky Featherstone as Next Artistic Director at The Royal Court Theatre". Royal Court Theatre. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Burke, Gregory (2010). Black Watch. London: Faber and Faber. p. xxiii. ISBN 978-0-571-27490-1. 
  5. ^ 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 22 February 2016. 
  6. ^ 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 22 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Powell, Emma; Vipers, Gareth (30 November 2014). "Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014". Evening Standard. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Award Winners". Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 

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