The National Theatre will be touring schools next year in an attempt to counter what its director called the “relentless and short-sighted sidelining of the arts” in education.
The theatre’s director, Rufus Norris, also highlighted the fact that schools’ resources were increasingly tight.
Speaking at a press conference today, he said: “A big threat to art in this country is the relentless and incredibly short-sighted sidelining of arts in education.
The theatre is planning a tour of the stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which will travel around UK schools next year.
Mr Norris explained that the idea arose following the collapse of the ceiling at London’s Apollo Theatre during a performance of Curious Incident in 2013.
While the full stage show involves impressive sound and lighting effects, more minimal performances were subsequently put together for ticket-holders.
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