New Views is the National Theatre’s playwriting programme for 14 - 19 year olds.

This online course, written by playwright Jemma Kennedy, is accessible to everyone, young people, students and teachers, for free.

Schools can also sign up to an in-depth programme that includes CPD fo teachers, in-school workshops with professional playwrights, as well as tickets to NT productions or NT Live broadcasts.  More information below.

Every year, hundreds of students from schools across the UK write th 30-minute plays, and each year one play is produced at the NT with a professional cast and crew, alongside rehearsed readings of other shortlisted plays.

Content Warning: The materials used in this programme sometimes contain strong language and controversial subject matter which some might find offensive. 

Hear about 2017 winner Beattie Green's experience of New Views:


Hear from the professionals with their top tips for first time writers

NEW VIEWS 2020 / 2021

Applications have now closed for the 2020/2021 programme, if you would like to be added to the waiting list for the 2021/2022 programme please fill in our  Expression of Interest Form.

To find out more about the New Views timeline and how it works click here

New Views is supported by:

The Mohn Westlake Foundation

Old Possum’s Practical Trust

Chapman Charitable Trust

Golsoncott Foundation

The Steel Charitable Trust


Audible is the Official Audio Partner of New Views