National Theatre of Scotland

The National Theatre of Scotland, established in 2006, is the national theatre company of Scotland. The company has no theatre building of its own; instead it tours work to theatres, village halls, schools and site-specific locations, both at home and internationally.

National Theatre of Scotland
The logo of the National Theatre of Scotland
TypeTheatre group
Artistic director(s)
Jackie Wylie (2017 - )

The company has created over 200 productions and collaborates with other theatre companies, local authorities, and individual artists to create a variety of performances, from large-scale productions through to theatre specifically made for the smallest venues.

Many different spaces have been used for productions, as well as conventional theatres: airports and tower blocks, community halls and drill halls, ferries and forests.

The creation of a national theatre was one of the commitments of the Scottish Executive's National Cultural Strategy.

Artistic direction

Vicky Featherstone was the founding Artistic Director and held the post from before the theatre's launch in 2006, to 2013.[1]

Laurie Sansom took up the post in March 2013.[2][3] His resignation was announced in April 2016.

Jackie Wylie, former Artistic Director of The Arches in Glasgow, will take up the appointment of the National Theatre of Scotland's Artistic Director in Spring 2017.[4]

Notable productions

Black Watch (2006) by Gregory Burke which won four Laurence Olivier Awards and multiple international awards.[5]

Macbeth (2012) starring Alan Cumming, presented in Glasgow and at the Lincoln Center Festival and subsequently, Broadway, New York.[6]

Let The Right One In (2013), adapted by Jack Thorne from John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel and screenplay, which won the 2014 South Bank Sky Arts Award for theatre.[7]

The James Plays (2014), a historical trilogy by Rona Munro, which won the Evening Standard Theatre Award 2014 for Best Play.[8]

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (2015), adapted by Lee Hall, based on the 1998 novel The Sopranos by Alan Warner. The production won a Scotsman Fringe First Award, a Herald Angel Award and a Stage Award for Acting Excellence during its opening run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.[9]


  1. "Royal Court Theatre Announces Vicky Featherstone as Next Artistic Director at The Royal Court Theatre". Royal Court Theatre. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  2. Thom Dibdin (24 October 2012). "Laurie Sansom appointed to lead National Theatre of Scotland". The Stage. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  3. "National Theatre of Scotland names new artistic director". BBC News. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  4. "The 'inspired' appointment of Jackie Wylie". The Scotsman. 26 October 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  5. Burke, Gregory (2010). Black Watch. London: Faber and Faber. p. xxiii. ISBN 978-0-571-27490-1.
  6. Isherwood, Charles (5 July 2008). "A Greek God and His Groupies Are Dressed to Kill". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  7. Hemley, Matthew (27 January 2014). "Let the Right One In beats National's Othello at South Bank Sky Arts Awards". The Stage. The Stage Media Company Limited. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  8. Powell, Emma; Vipers, Gareth (30 November 2014). "Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014". Evening Standard. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  9. "2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Award Winners". Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
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