The Company

Established in 2006, the National Theatre of Scotland has pioneered the ‘Theatre Without Walls’ model, demonstrating a commitment to have a presence in every part of Scotland, to perform at all scales and reach all its people.

The National Theatre of Scotland creates much of its work in partnership. Notable productions to date include:

  • Black Watch by Gregory Burke which won a multitude of awards including four Olivier Awards.
  • Rona Munro’s award-winning historical trilogy The James Plays, a landmark in ambition and scale for touring Scottish theatre
  • A radical reimagining of Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, presented in Glasgow and the New York Lincoln Center Festival and subsequently, Broadway
  • Let The Right One In, adapted by Jack Thorne from John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel and screenplay, which won the 2014 South Bank Sky Arts Award for theatre.
  • The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart by David Greig and Wils Wilson, which has become one of the Company’s most adaptable, beloved, and widely toured productions
  • Adam, the emotive true story of a young trans man’s journey from Egypt to Glasgow, which won multiple awards on its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe before touring widely
  • Pioneering participatory arts projects including Granite in Aberdeen and Home Away, an international festival of participatory theatre at Tramway and beyond
  • Ground-breaking digital project Five Minute Theatre.

National Theatre of Scotland has entered a new chapter in its history with the appointment of Jackie Wylie, the company’s third Artistic Director and Chief Executive, who took over the leadership of the company in 2017, and published its current 5-year Strategy in April 2018.

We are…

... SCOTLAND’S NATIONAL THEATRE - We tell the stories that need to be told

… A THEATRE WITHOUT WALLS - We take our work to wherever audiences are to be found. We showcase Scottish culture at home and around the world, telling stories in ways never seen before.

… A THEATRE FOR EVERYONE - We want to break down the walls that prevent people from engaging with our work, whether economic, cultural or physical.

… A CREATIVE CATALYST FOR THE THEATRE SECTOR IN SCOTLAND - Driving joined up talent development plans with partners across Scotland, to nurture theatre makers at all stages of their careers and reflect the diversity of contemporary Scotland.

… ACROSS SCOTLAND AND BEYOND - On the ferry and in the local pub. In the forests and tower blocks. In submarines and swimming pools. On the biggest stages and in the smallest community halls.


OUR MISSION IS - to make exceptional, audacious, collaborative theatre that represents the complexity of modern Scotland, and to take that theatre to our communities and to the world.

OUR VALUES ARE - inclusive - forward-thinking - ambitious - enquiring - generous

OUR VISION IS - to be a 21st century theatre without walls for everyone, that puts Scotland on the world stage and places culture at the heart of society.

National Theatre of Scotland is responsible for promoting the idea that we are a diverse nation, that there is not one fixed Scottish identity but rather multiple identities, plural. Theatre is a place where people can come together in times of uncertainty and NTS will make a difference because of who they are – inclusive, outward looking, progressive and modern.

We are committed to broadening the lived experience in our staff and board teams, particularly in leadership positions, of priority groups such as: 

  • People from ethnic minority communities
  • People with a disability
  • People from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds
  • People from rural and remote areas
  • Gender and sexually diverse people
  • People using Gaelic, Scots languages and BSL

NTS therefore recognises and actively promotes the benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to treating all employees with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.