National Theatre

Sir Peter Hall (1930–2017) on Harold Pinter, actors and making love

12 September 2017 10:48

Sir Peter Hall has died at the age of 86. He spoke to The Spectator in 2009: Even at 78 and…

The obsession with diversity in theatre risks spoiling Shakespeare

19 February 2017 10:00

Twelfth Night launched at the National Theatre this week, with Malvolio turned into Malvolia. ‘We’ve definitely upped the gender-bendedness of…

Alan Bennett shows how hypocrisy is a National issue

11 March 2015 10:53

Alan Bennett announced on Radio 4 last week that ‘hypocrisy’ is the defining characteristic of the English. ‘In England, what…

Treasure Island is a boys’ book. There’s no need for a feminist twist

11 December 2014 17:34

When Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Treasure Island he declared triumphantly that if it wasn’t a winner with boys, then he…

Podcast: paedomania, the next EU commissioner and the National Theatre

10 July 2014 9:44

What kind of idiot tries to stand in the way of a national child abuse panic? Matthew Parris, that’s who.…

The National Theatre could – and should – survive without state funding

9 July 2014 12:18

Two glorious playhouses grace the south bank of the Thames. Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre stage the finest shows…

Cutting all state funding to the arts would be monstrous

28 April 2014 13:27

One of the best things about The Spectator is that it has no party line. As its dauntless refusal to…

The National Theatre – 50 years (and more) in The Spectator

2 November 2013 16:26

Today the National Theatre hosts a gala performance, screened on BBC2 at 9pm, to celebrate fifty years since its launch…

A trio of woes

15 October 2013 11:46

It started with the terrible news that the first tiger cub to be born at London Zoo in seventeen years…

Spectator Play: The highs and the lows of what’s going on in arts this week

23 August 2013 4:30

For many people, stories and story-telling formed the basis of their childhood. But there are others whose childhood is devoid…

Spectator Play: The highs and the lows of what’s going on in arts this week

21 June 2013 17:33

In this week’s lead feature in the Arts section, Tom Rosenthal explains just why he thinks the Lowry retrospective at…

Nicholas Hytner quits as head of National Theatre…in the wake of a Spectator profile

11 April 2013 15:36

So, Nicholas Hytner is to step down as director of the National Theatre at the end of March 2015. How…