ART OF MAKE BELIEVE: STAGING CHILDREN'S STORIES Exhibition on View at the National Theatre Gallery

ART OF MAKE BELIEVE: STAGING CHILDREN'S STORIES Exhibition on View at the National Theatre Gallery

Theatre is an amazing way to tell stories. Art of Make Believe: Staging Children's Stories is a playful exhibition aimed at families with children aged 5-14 years and exploring how children's classic stories have been transformed into extraordinary theatre.

Author M G Leonard (Beetle Boy) has curated a fabulous mix of interactive theatrical elements using examples of past and current NT shows. The exhibition is designed by artist Jacqueline Davies.

The National Theatre has a history of staging spectacular children's theatre, from The Wind in the Willows to His Dark Materials, from The Cat in the Hat to this year's production of Director Sally Cookson's wondrously inventive Peter Pan.

The exhibition offers young people the chance to operate theatre lighting, sound effects, and rigging and play with props and costumes, lifting the curtain on world-class theatre.

Art of Make Believe: Staging Children's Stories is in the Wolfson Gallery on the second floor of the National Theatre. Open Mon- Sat, Free.

The National Theatre is dedicated to making the very best theatre and sharing it with as many people as possible. We produce productions on the South Bank in London each year, ranging from re-imagined classics to modern masterpieces and new work by contemporary writers and theatre-makers. The National's work is seen on tour throughout the UK, in London's West End, internationally (including on Broadway) and in collaborations and coproductions with theatres across the country.

Across 2015-2016, the NT staged 34 productions and gave 3,134 performances in the UK and internationally. The NT's award-winning programme had a UK audience of 2.5 million, 700,000 of which were NT Live audiences.

The Clore Learning Centre at the NT is committed to providing programmes for schools, young people, families, community groups and adult learners, including the nationwide youth theatre festival Connections and playwriting competition New Views. In 2015-2016, we engaged with over 181,000 participants through the NT Learning events programme. Further, over 2,200 secondary schools have signed up to the free streaming service, On Demand in Schools since its launch in September 2015.

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