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National Theatre: All About Theatre

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One of our Books of the Year 2015 - Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Year 2015 - November 2015 Book of the Month Bravo for this brilliant and inspiring book! It takes lots of different people with lots of different skills to put on a play, and in this book the team at the National Theatre explain just how it’s done: from script to opening night, taking in rehearsals, set making, make-up, lighting, sound and music, and more, they explain how their different roles and the work they do combine to create a magical theatrical experience. There’s a huge amount of information packed in, with quotes and comments from the professionals involved, technical information, stats and facts, and tips for you to try at home. By the end readers will have a really good understanding of theatre and no doubt a burning desire to see more shows and to put on plays themselves. ~ Andrea Reece

Also chosen by Andrea Reece as one of her Top Picks of 2015.

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Alexander Bisland, age 10 - 'I enjoyed this book because it taught me a lot about different aspects of theatre and now I want to go and see some of the shows mentioned in the book.'
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 10 - 'What an amazing insight to the world of theatre. Great behind the scenes look at how everything is put together. Really interesting.'
  • Isaac East, age 9 - 'This fact book shows how many people are involved in a play, not just the actors.  The book is full of interesting quotes and all sorts of pictures, photographs and facts.'


National Theatre: All About Theatre by National Theatre

Theatre brings people together to experience a story, but it isn’t just about what is seen on stage. It takes many different people with many different skills to put on a play.

An exciting collaboration with the National Theatre which explores how plays are staged, from first idea to final curtain. All About Theatre is a richly illustrated hardback specially designed to take children behind the scenes and open up the world of theatre. This unique and lively book shows how plays like War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and many others are made and includes interviews with famous directors and actors.

Packed with tricks of the trade and insights from theatre experts like fight directors and prop-makers, this fascinating book tells you everything about theatre, from back stage to front of house. And with fun ideas to try at home, the book will inspire young readers to get involved in theatre themselves.


a brilliant introduction to theatre Benedict Cumberbatch

About the Author

The National Theatre is dedicated to the constant revitalisation of the great traditions of the British stage. In its three theatres on the South Bank in London, it presents an eclectic mix of new plays and classics from the world repertoire, which reflect the diversity of the nation's culture.

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Book Info


128 pages
Interest Age: From 10


National Theatre
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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

1st October 2015




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