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National Theatre Wales

The nation of Wales is our stage:

From forests to beaches, from aircraft hangars to post-industrial towns, village halls to nightclubs.

We bring together storytelling poets, visual visionaries and inventors of ideas. We collaborate with artists, audiences, communities and companies to create theatre in the English language, rooted in Wales, with an international reach.

You’ll find us around the corner, across the mountain and in your digital backyard.

National Theatre Wales has been making English-language productions in locations all over Wales, the UK, internationally and online since March 2010.

We operate from a small base in Cardiff’s city centre, but we work all over the country, and beyond, using Wales’ rich and diverse landscape, its towns, cities and villages, its incredible stories and wealth of talent as our inspiration.

Our audiences have followed us and Michael Sheen like disciples around his hometown, Port Talbot, to watch The Passion. They've partied with Neon Neon (Gruff Rhys & Boom Bip) in Cardiff, learning the extraordinary story of Italian publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, in Praxis Makes Perfect. Hundreds climbed the foothills of Snowdon to hear poems by the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke and witness first-hand the annual sheep-gathering. Many watched a marathon, overnight performance of Iliad in Llanelli. Others donned boots to experience Mametz, written by poet Owen Sheers and staged in farmland near Usk, and which offered a chilling glimpse of life and death in a WWI trench. And thousands in their pyjamas joined us online for Tim Price’s award-winning The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning: learning about a teenager in Pembrokeshire who grew to be one of the world’s most influential and divisive political figures, while chatting with other audience members in over 50 countries across the globe.

These are just some of the nearly 40 productions we’ve staged on trains, military training grounds, beaches and mountains, in warehouses, nightclubs, tents, village halls, schools, aircraft hangars and libraries, all over towns like Barmouth, Laugharne and Aberystwyth, and in cities from Swansea to Tokyo.

The productions we make are just the tip of the iceberg. Scroll down to read more about our work and how you could get involved - as an artist, a writer, a passionate member of your own community, part of our team or as an audience member…

National Theatre Wales is international in its outlook and is collaborating with a wide range of artists and companies world-wide. We also reflect the many cultures and languages of contemporary Wales.

A quick introduction to National Theatre Wales

We are:
• Wales’ English-language national theatre
• Non-building based (making work across Wales and beyond...)

We make work:
• that is site-located (e.g. on beaches, in forests, in village halls, on mountains and across whole towns, but sometimes in theatres too!)
• that is digitally innovative, including live-streaming and gaming, alongside an online community of more than 6,500 members
• with internationally-renowned artists and companies (e.g. Michael Sheen, Gruff Rhys, Frantic Assembly)
• and always with – not just for - communities (esp. through TEAM, our 600-strong network of individuals with a passion for the arts)

Examples of our International Work include:

Sisters - Sisters will be a brand new, contemporary work, co-created by NTW and India's Junoon Theatre, imagined by a group of female artists from India and Wales where histories are intrinsically linked. 

Praxis Makes Perfect - a collaboration with Gruff Rhys/Neon Neon, a wild story of 20th century communism and intrigue in the setting of a theatre-warehouse-gig, invited to Berlin's Foreign Affairs festival at Berghain Night Club.

The Opportunity of Efficiency - a brand new play responding to the nuclear power crisis in Japan, commissioned from NTW by the New National Theatre in Tokyo, written by Welsh playwright Alan Harris and directed by John E McGrath, premiering in a Japanese translation in Tokyo. Alongside the production, NTW brought its unique programme of debates and artist residencies to Japan. WalesLab - NTW's signature artist development programme has worked with artists from Korea, Australia, Japan and Europe, supporting their work in the Welsh landscape and introducing them to new collaborations.

Outdoors and Branches: The Nature of Crisis - NTW was the first company in the UK to commission new work from two of Berlin's leading companies - Rimini Protokoll and Constanza Macras/DorkyPark. Both companies created entirely new pieces in Wales, which they then went on to develop in other international settings.

We are keen to work with partners to extend our international reach in all these areas - touring our work, undertaking new commissions, developing artists, and commissioning international companies. We also travel throughout the world, sharing models with other companies and agencies interested, as we are, in theatre that works in new ways with artists, places and people.

If you are interested in NTW and its work, we would love to hear from you. Please contact: Lisa Maguire, Executive Producer +44 (0)29 2035 3072 +44 (0) 78 5547 0697


Our commitment to Wales extends beyond its venues, communities and talent, to its future. Every decision we make, be it in programming, production, communications, or administration, is put through a rigorous sustainability test.

We mostly work out of a small office in Cardiff, so it is relatively easy to manage our day-to-day impact; our staff are encouraged to cycle or walk to work, we use public transport as a priority when travelling around the country, and plan each journey carefully when we have to use vehicles to minimise our impact. We recycle and reuse as much material as possible, and only use environmentally appropriate cleaning products.

Meanwhile, we are exploring ways to improve our impact on the environment in terms of our productions. For example, the future use of the sets and equipment informs our decisions when planning a production. We don’t own equipment or facilities of our own, but share assets with other companies and artists. In 2014, we were able to repurpose 90% of our show materials; a good start, but the aim is to reach 100%.

In short, we have three key phrases that we use in planning and executing our work:

Plan more carefully

Share more often

Talk to more people

If you’ve any feedback or ideas on how we, our artists and audiences can work together to be more environmentally responsible, please contact David Evans, Head of Production, at

National Theatre Wales works with artists at all stages of their development ranging from internationally renowned theatre makers to individuals at the very start of their artistic lives.

There is a range of different ways that you can engage with the company, and we are always interested in hearing your ideas. In general we work with Welsh and Wales-based artists, or artists who have an interest in Wales and our way of working. Opportunities for artists include:

All year round:

At certain points in the year:

Hello, I'm Kully Thiarai
I am the Artistic Director

Kully has worked in the performing arts for many years as a Theatre maker, Artistic Director and Arts Consultant. Her early career was largely in new writing with national touring companies like Red Ladder Theatre Company and Major Road, both based in Yorkshire.

She has since led a number of organisations and companies including being Artistic Director of Contact Theatre, Manchester, Leicester Haymarket Theatre, Theatre Writing Partnership and Red Ladder Theatre Company; commissioning, producing and directing work nationally and internationally. She has created a diverse range of work that spans communities, cultures and performance styles; has directed large-scale epics, new plays and made work in non-theatre spaces.

Prior to joining National Theatre Wales in May 2016 she was the founding Director of Cast - a new £22 million performance venue that is the cultural living room for the town; a place for performance, participation and provocation.

Kully is a Clore Theatre Fellow; Fellow of the Royal Society of Art and a Trustee of the Manchester International Festival.

Hello, I'm Ian Hargreaves
I am a Board Member

Ian is a journalist and academic who lives in Penarth. He is Professor of Digital Economy at Cardiff University and lately has been asked to do two reports on complicated subjects.  In 2010 he reviewed creative industries in Wales for the Welsh Coalition Government and in 2011 intellectual property issues for the UK Coalition Government. In 2013, he co-wrote a Manifesto for the Creative Economy with Nesta.

As a journalist, he has been Editor of the Independent and the New Statesman; Deputy Editor of the Financial Times and Director of BBC News.

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Casting calls for actors are not posted on this page, but are available in the Actors Group on our online Community.

To keep up to date with current projects and opportunities, join the National Theatre Wales Community


To keep up to date with current projects and opportunities, join the National Theatre Wales Community.




National Theatre Wales is seeking to appoint a highly motivated and energetic individual for the following vacancy.


TEAM Administrative Assistant


The TEAM Administrative Assistant is responsible for providing administrative support to NTW’s TEAM programme – a Wales-wide, internationally recognised community network which engages with all levels of NTW’s activities, rooted in a model of local community leadership.  TEAM members input into all levels of NTW’s work, advocate for the company in their communities, and engage with the processes of production, debate and evaluation.


Salary: £21,000 per annum, pro rata, one day per week

Term: Fixed-Term (1 year), Part Time.


We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all backgrounds. Applications can be received in English or Welsh.



Deadline: Thursday 10th May, 12pm

Interviews: Wednesday 16th May Cardiff

Box Office
029 2037 1689

Please note: If you choose 'Hold at Box Office' when buying tickets, the box office will be situated at the performance venue from the first night of the show. Please don't come to the NTW office in Castle Arcade, as we cannot give out tickets from here.

Our Office 

National Theatre Wales
30 Castle Arcade
Cardiff / CF10 1BW

Contact us with a general enquiry
+44 (0)29 2035 3070

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The National Theatre Wales Online Community is a space where people passionate about theatre can come together to discuss, debate and collaborate. Join a community of over 5000 members who are sharing opportunities and shaping the future of theatre in Wales and beyond.


Everywhere we go we collaborate with and support an ever-growing network of TEAM members.

These are the people who play a part in everything we do, giving us a truly international reach.

They are our leaders in their communities: they create, inspire, perform, teach, write, organise, run projects, give feedback and make decisions with us on the future of National Theatre Wales.


Join TEAM 

For more information on TEAM, please email



National Theatre Wales are thrilled to be working with four Associate Artists:

Theatre-makers Mike Pearson & Mike Brookes will begin their work on The Storm Cycle, an extraordinary, three-year collaboration with NTW, in 2018.

Television drama executive producer Bethan Joneswill be helping to develop new writing projects and broadcast opportunities for the company.

Finally, digital installation artist Shanaz Gulzar will focus on digital projects.