Considering its location, it should come as no surprise that matters of the state have played at The National onstage and off, culminating in moments of great progress and, in some cases, disappointment. Like all theatres, The National has borne witness to significant social changes, as well as undergone a few changes itself, all while playing host to some of the most influential and powerful people in the country. In this site, we’ll take a look at some of the major political events and affiliations that have touched The National Theatre. We’ll also see how politics, like theatre, is often a kind of performance in and of itself. Click Start Here to learn about a state visit to The National or pick and choose your options from the menu. As you work your way through the site, you’ll have the opportunity to check out materials in the From the Archives section and tackle some thought-provoking questions in Consider This…

The National Theatre Corporation’s Teens Behind the Scenes program is made possible through the generous support of Jacqueline Badger Mars. These sites are curated by dramaturg Jared Strange. Click here to learn more about the Teens Behind the Scenes program.

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The Nederlander Organization manages and programs the theatre, including the Broadway at The National series. The name “Nederlander” has been synonymous with great entertainment since 1912. Led by James L. Nederlander, President, the organization continues the tradition of operating iconic, historic theatres, as well as producing and presenting the best in theatrical entertainment and concert performances. To learn more, please visit