The National Theatre of Scotland is still a very new institution, having been established in 2006. In the course of its short life, it has staged over 200 productions. The theatre is a flexible entity catering for small and grand productions alike, in such unconventional spaces as airports, schools, community halls, forests and more.
The company has also reached out and toured outside of Scotland, performing in the rest of the UK and abroad.
The National Theatre has produced many honourable productions. The Black Watch of Gregory Burke won not one but four Laurence Olivier Awards. Another award winning production was the historical The James Plays of Rona Munro, an avant-garde rendition of Macbeth which starred Alan Cumming and was shown in Glasgow at the Lincoln Centre Festival as well as on Broadway in New York. There is also the successful Let the Right One In – the adaption of Jack Thorne derived from the novel and screenplay of Ajvide Lindqvist. This snatched the prize in 2014 of South Bank Sky Arts Award for Theatre.
The National Theatre of Scotland does not work in isolation but in cooperation with other theatres, companies, and venues locally and abroad. It is involved in initiatives with schools and communities, with the intention of attracting more young people towards becoming the new generation on stage.
The theatre also has a LEARN department which provides anywhere from big community productions to intimate courses for upcoming theatre-makers. The department provides masterclasses, workshops, hosting discussions and much more. The theatre works with artists of varying ages and groups to create rich theatrical experiences and resources not only for students but for teachers too.
The Artistic Direction of the theatre is under Jackie Wylie who is former Artistic Director of The Arches in Glasgow. His term will commence in the spring of 2017. The former artistic director was Laurie Sansom.