We operate from a small base in Cardiff’s city centre, but the nation of Wales is our stage, its incredible stories and wealth of talent our inspiration.
Our audiences have followed us and Michael Sheen like disciples around his hometown, Port Talbot, to watch The Passion, and returned to the town in 2017 for We’re Still Here; a new production tackling the global steel crisis. 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, at The Gathering/Yr Helfa. 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, offering a chilling glimpse of life and death in a WWI trench. More than 140,000 were in Cardiff to witness Roald Dahl’s City of the Unexpected; Wales’ biggest ever arts event, staged to commemorate the writer’s centenary on the streets of his hometown. And thousands 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 50+ productions we’ve staged on trains, military training grounds, beaches and mountains, in warehouses, nightclubs, cricket schools, tents, village halls, schools, aircraft hangars and libraries, all over towns like Barmouth, Laugharne, Rhyl and Aberystwyth, online and in apps, and in cities from Swansea to Tokyo.
But the productions we make are just the tip of the iceberg. Browse through our website to read more about our work and how you could get involved – as an artist, a passionate member of your own community, part of our team or as an audience member…
National Theatre Wales reflects the many cultures and languages of contemporary Wales, but we’re also international in our outlook and we collaborate with a wide range of artists and companies worldwide.
Ongoing and past examples of our international work include:
Sisters – a new, contemporary work-in-progress co-created with Junoon Theatre from Mumbai and imagined by a group of female artists from the south Asian diaspora, about the richness, complexity and diversity of being a south Asian woman today.
English – a new, immersive production featuring one performer, devised with Quarantine. Inspired by the theatricality of ESOL (English Speakers of other Languages) lessons, and from conversations with migrants who have learnt or are learning English, English places audiences in the heart of the classroom, and explores the ever-complex political and personal relationship between language and identity.
Praxis Makes Perfect – a collaboration with Gruff Rhys/Neon Neon, this wild story of 20th century communism and intrigue was performed in the setting of a theatre-warehouse-gig, as part of Berlin’s Foreign Affairs festival at the famous Berghain Night Club (2014).
The Opportunity of Efficiency – a play responding to the nuclear power crisis in Japan. It was commissioned from NTW by the New National Theatre in Tokyo, written by Welsh playwright Alan Harris and directed by John E McGrath. It premiered in a Japanese translation in Tokyo, in 2013. Alongside the production, NTW also brought its unique programme of debates and artist residencies to Japan.