National Theatre of Scotland

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The National Theatre of Scotland, a theatre without walls, was established in 2006 and has created more than 200 productions. It presents a wide variety of work in conventional theatres, airports, schools, tower blocks, community halls, ferries and forests. It has toured extensively with the award-winning Black Watch by Gregory Burke, The James Plays by Rona Munro, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour and The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart. NTS creates much of its work in partnership.

In the press

"One of the classiest pieces of theatre to have been staged in Scotland, not only in the winter season, but at any time of year." Daily Telegraph (on A Christmas Carol)

“more vibrantly alive than any piece of theatre I’ve seen in Scotland for years” 
The Scotsman (on The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart)


Current productions

A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens. Directed by Graham McLaren

The immortal story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge tormented by the ghosts of his Past, Present and a very fateful Future is brought to eerie life in The National Theatre of Scotland’s version of Charles Dickens’ classic fable. Featuring a cast of haunting puppets, live music and set that will spirit you back to Scrooge’s Victorian London, this spooky retelling of the classic festive fable is recommended for everyone aged 8+


Conceived for the stage and directed by Cora Bissett. Written by Frances Poet. Music score composed by Jocelyn Pook.

Adam is a true story of a young trans man and his journey. From Egypt to Scotland, it charts Adam's fight across borders and genders to find a place to call home. Adam features a 120-strong, international digital choir of trans individuals from across the globe which has been uniquely integrated into this multimedia production.

Recommended age guideline: 14+
Note: Contains partial nudity, adult themes and some strong language


Written by Jo Clifford and Chris Goode. Directed by Susan Worsfold. Performed by Jo Clifford
With trans rights again under threat, playwright, performer, father and grandmother Jo Clifford tells a story both gentle and passionate, intimate and political, to remind us that the journey towards our real selves is one we all need to make. Wherever it leads us.
Presented by the National Theatre of Scotland

How to Act

Written and directed by Graham Eatough.

How to Act explores the contemporary realities of personal, cultural and economic exploitation through two individuals drawn together in the theatre. Both believe in truth, but each has their own version of it.

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Created by David Greig (writer) and Wils Wilson (director), with Georgia McGuinness (designer), Alasdair Macrae (composer) and Janice Parker (movement).

Since its original performances in Scotland in 2011, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart has captured the hearts of audiences all over the world. With sold-out performances to date in Scotland, Ireland, England, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand.
One wintry morning Prudencia Hart, an uptight academic, sets off to attend a conference in Kelso in the Scottish Borders. As the snow begins to fall, little does she know who or what awaits her there. Inspired by the border ballads - and delivered in a riotous romp of rhyming couplets, devilish encounters and wild karaoke - Prudencia’s dream-like journey of self-discovery unfolds among and around the audience.

The performance contains some strong language and an age guide of 14+ is suggested.