National Theatre Backstage invites you into the world of theatre, revealing the work we make, and the people who make it. The app gives you access to premium National Theatre content, including enhanced digital programmes, and a free, regularly-updated content stream. And, for the first time, you can view archive programmes from our 50-year history.

The free content stream is your free backstage pass: here you'll find a wealth of rehearsal room images and footage; interviews with actors, theatre-makers and experts; costume-making films; stimulating editorial and in-depth articles; audio, video and photography.

The National's celebrated programmes are now published digitally. They showcase additional exclusive content and many interactive features. Titles include:

- Common
- Salomé
- Angels in America
- Twelfth Night
- Ugly Lies The Bone
- Peter's Shadow
- Hedda Gabler
- Amadeus
- The Threepenny Opera
- As You Like It
- Jane Eyre
- Hamlet
- Coriolanus
+ more

What's New

Version 1.10.0

The National Theatre Backstage app will be discontinued from January 2018. After this date you will not be able to download the app, or purchase the digital programmes. If you have any questions, please email and our team will be able to help.

- Bug fixes
- Performance improvements

Customer Reviews

Has stopped working

Santa Fe Blues

This is a wonderful app but all the content has disappeared since iOs updated to 10.3.1

Please fix.

It's almost two weeks later and I still can't access content which I purchased. Get it together and fix this!

Lost Purchases


Since the latest update I have lost all the programs I previously purchased. I've tried the redown load option but nothing happens. Please fix or refund purchases!



I'm not quite sure how I can watch any of the shows I e purchased, can someone tell me how?


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37.2 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
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In-App Purchases
  1. Hamlet Digital Programme $2.99
  2. Coriolanus Digital Programme $2.99
  3. Angels in America Digital Programme $2.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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