Why does the National Theatre of Scotland exist?

The National Theatre of Scotland exists to protect and champion theatre as an artform.

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

Together, we have a responsibility to keep theatre alive and flourishing in Scotland.

Why theatre?

We belive in Theatre as a special artform which:

  • Makes you laugh, cry, think, change your mind, sing along, escape, relax, take action
  • Delivers a unique, shared, live experience with every performance
  • Offers a place to come together to reflect on our lives
  • Provides different perspectives, drives understanding and empathy
  • Responds quickly to urgent issues in society
  • Embraces other artforms – sound, music, visual art, movement, dance, puppetry and more!
  • Costs less to got to than most live gigs, events, football, bingo

What does the National Theatre of Scotland do?

  • Makes work that explores the questions: What is National? What is Theatre? What is Scotland?
  • Invests in co-productions with Scotland’s many excellent theatre companies and artists
  • Makes big shows and wee shows to take all over Scotland, from the grandest theatre stages to the tiniest island village halls
  • Shares stories which reflect the diversity of Scotland – its people, places and history
  • Removes barriers that block some people from taking part - poverty, ethnicity, geography, disability, gender, sexuality, age
  • Provides a place for Scottish theatre artists to research and develop
  • Represents Scotland on the international stage both touring and online
  • Aims to bring world class theatre to every school in the country

It’s a huge remit and post-pandemic we need your support more than ever to deliver. Wee rhyme there.

Here are the different ways you can support…


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.