New Views 2012/13 starts here

New Views is the National Theatre’s annual playwriting programme for 15-19s.  Each year hundreds of students from across the world learn about playwriting from some of the finest writers in the business and write their own 30minute plays, with one play chosen to be staged at the NT with a professional cast. 

The New Views 2012/13 programme is running in 50 schools nationwide as well as in our first international school in San Francisco, California.  Everything culminates this summer with a festival of new plays at the National Theatre.  The winning play will be staged for two nights in the NT’s new venue The Shed on 11 and 12 July, and at the Houses of Parliament on 15 July.  Lunchtime rehearsed readings of nine shortlisted plays will be held daily from 8-12 and 16-19 July. 

Tickets are available online from the beginning of June.

Take part in New Views 2013/14

There are places for 80 schools and colleges to take part in New Views 2013/14.  The programme will kick-off with CPD for participating teachers in early October and will culminate with performances at the National Theatre in July 2014.

If you would like to apply on behalf of your school, please visit the Competition tab on this website for more information and directions on how to apply.

New Views Course Writer: Jemma Kennedy.


New Views is supported by:

  • The Transformation Trust, a social mobility charity dedicated to opening the doors of opportunity to young people across the country. The Trust works with some of the most challenged schools in the country, offering their pupils opportunities and experiences, such as New Views that help them to develop skills and build their confidence.
  • The Chapman Charitable Trust

WARNING:  The materials of this course contain strong language and controversial subject matter which some may find offensive.

N.B. The views expressed in the recorded interviews are those of the playwrights only, and not of the National Theatre.