A visit to the Theatre transforms lives.

Theatre can also help people to develop their creativity, problem-solving skills, and teamwork skills. It can also help them to learn about different cultures and perspectives. Overall, from Shakespeare to Panto, theatre is a valuable educational experience that can benefit people of all ages.

Here are just some additional benefits of attending theatre:

  • Improved literacy. Theatre can help both children and adults develop their literacy skills. By watching plays, we are exposed to new vocabulary and grammar structures, and we learn how to follow a story line and understand the nuances of language.
  • Enhanced critical thinking. Theatre can help develop critical thinking skills, by encouraging people to ask questions about the play, the characters, and the themes. It can also help with understanding different perspectives and seeing the world from another person’s point of view.
  • Increased empathy. Theatre can help develop empathy by seeing the world through different eyes. Connecting with a character struggling with a problem, helps understand how they feel, and why they are making the choices they do. This help us to be more understanding and compassionate towards others.
  • Improved communication. Theatre can help develop communication skills. By participating in workshops, rehearsals and even performing on stage, people learn how to project their voice, speak clearly, and use facial expressions and body language to communicate effectively.
  • Increased self-confidence. Theatre can develop self-confidence by giving people the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zone and try something new. Performing in front of an audience, people learn to overcome their fears and to believe in themselves.
  • Increased cultural awareness. Theatre examines different cultures and ways of life. This can help develop a greater understanding and appreciation for diversity.
  • Improved social skills. Theatre can help develop their social skills, when needing to interact with others in a variety of ways. This can include working together as a team, communicating effectively, and resolving conflicts.
  • Reduced stress levels. Theatre can be a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. Watching a play helps you escape from their own problems and to experience different emotions. Participation can also be a great way to let off steam and to have fun.

Whether it’s seeing a book brought to life, or developing transferable life-skills through a workshop, there are a number of opportunities available at the New Theatre Royal for education providers and organisations. As well as bringing a group to see a performance to support curriculum set texts, we can also offer a range of workshops, tours or opportunities to visit the New Theatre Royal.

For more information on School Group prices or workshops for any particular performance, please email [email protected] 


Upcoming Educational Events

For older students and secondary schools:

  • 21 March – Macbeth presented by National Production Company

Ockham’s Razor are offering free workshops to schools who book to see one of the performances of TESS at New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth. These will be run at the schools in the days following them seeing the performance. If you would like more information, please download the workshop pack here.

For young students, nurseries and early years:

Join us at our annual Pantomime! This year Beauty and the Beast is sure to delight audiences of all ages and we have a special school price just for you!