Backstage at the National Theatre

The Royal National Theatre is one of the UK’s most important publicly funded theatre companies. Situated on London’s south bank, each year “The National” welcomes over 800,000 visitors through its doors. The building is home to three theatres – the Olivier, Lyttelton and Cottesloe – and presents an eclectic mix of new plays and classics from the world repertoire, with seven or eight productions in repertory at any one time.

With so much going on under one roof, the production teams are vast and the glue-like figure who holds everything together is the stage manager. I went to the National Theatre to meet one of their stage managers, David Marsland; and began by asking him what first attracted him to the job.

(first broadcast on Arts on the Air, Deutsche Welle Radio, 10th March 2010)

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