NT Connections

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500 youth theatre companies. 10,000 young people. 12 outstanding plays.

Every year the National Theatre commissions new plays by leading playwrights for young theatre companies all over the country to perform, in the nationwide Connections Festival.

2016 marks the 21st anniversary of Connections. 500 youth theatre companies and 10,000 young people from every corner of the UK, working with 41 partner theatres, performed twelve outstanding plays drawn from the 150 works written for young people since the festival began in 1995.

Connections celebrates great new writing for the stage – and the energy, commitment and talent of young theatre-makers.

Join us in taking part and sign up for Connections 2017 today.


As part of the 21st anniversary celebrations, the National Theatre have created a digital memory bank of current and past participants’ and audiences’ stories. If you have taken part in or seen a Connections production since 1995, please share your personal stories, experiences, photos and films here: shareyourconnections.nationaltheatre.org.uk