The National Theatre of Scotland exists to:

  • Make excellent theatre and take it to everyone across Scotland and beyond
  • Remove the barriers that prevent people from accessing theatre
  • Nurture, support and develop Scottish theatre makers
  • Lead and support the Scottish theatre sector, collaborating and co-producing with Scottish theatre companies and taking theatre productions to venues across the country

We are a registered charity, core funded by the Scottish Government but also dependent on the generous support of our donors to maximise the work we do across the country.

With the support of our National Theatre of Scotland donors, we can continue to sustain, innovate and evolve the artform, keeping theatre relevant for new audiences within an ever-changing cultural landscape, upskilling and nurturing new generations of artists, futureproofing the Company and its infrastructure.

From one-off or regular Individual Donations of £30 upwards, to Corporate Partnership and Trusts and Foundations, you can support the work we are doing to protect and progress theatre in Scotland. Our donors are included in all we do: attending special events to learn how their support makes an impact, and meeting the artists and creative teams to hear about their vision and processes, with lots of opportunities to share a right good night out with us!


2020: Responding to the Crisis

When Covid-19 shut theatres down last year, National Theatre of Scotland moved quickly to find solutions that made it possible to continue making theatre for locked-down audiences, creating paid employment opportunities for the stricken freelance theatre sector. The company quickly pivoted to work that fuses theatre with film and digital distribution.

Starting with Scenes For Survival, a series of 55 new short digital theatre pieces, from March 2020 we have produced a wide range of work including: Play Dates, an online resource for teachers and home-schooling parents; a digital adaptation of Theatre In Schools Scotland streamed into classrooms across the country; a monthly online social platform for isolated LGBTi+ elders; livestreamed poetry and music sessions hosted by Scots Makar Jackie Kay; Lament for Sheku Bayoh a stunning and timely production in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement; Ghost Light, a beautiful short film created as a tribute to the art of theatre; a full Festive programme, including a brand new Christmas show Rapunzel.

Through our Scenes For Survival Hardship Fund, in association with the Federation of Scottish Theatre and the McGlashan Charitable Trust, we raised funds for 72 emergency grants for freelance theatre makers hardest hit by the crisis.


Going Forward: Sustain, Innovate, Evolve

We will continue to innovate within the field of digital theatre, seeking new ways to develop our work. In responding to the pandemic, we learned of the opportunities that exist to reach and engage new audiences across digital platforms; across the course of 2020 we grew our audience by almost 20 million. We are committed to continue producing pioneering experiences that explore the space between live theatre and the digital form.

But, ultimately, we know that theatre is essentially about the shared, communal, live experience. And in 2021, as restrictions gradually ease and when it becomes safe to do so, we will return to live performance in front of real-life audiences in Scotland’s wonderful theatre venues. We cannot wait. A number of 2021 productions have already been announced and further new projects will be launched in the near future.

With the generous support of our National Theatre of Scotland donors, we can continue to sustain, innovate and evolve the artform, keeping theatre relevant for new audiences within an ever-changing cultural landscape, upskilling and nurturing new generations of artists, futureproofing the Company and its infrastructure.


National Theatre of Scotland is registered with the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), the independent regulator and registrar of Scottish charities. Established in 2005, OSCR’s work as Regulator ultimately supports public confidence in charities and their work, setting and encouraging high standards in fundraising to increase public confidence in charitable giving. In registering and displaying their logo, we demonstrate our commitment to the highest fundraising standards, treating the public with respect, honesty and clarity in all our fundraising activities, underpinned by an accessible fundraising complaints procedure for members of the public.