Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) is one of the UK’s leading professional theatre companies, commissioning, developing and producing fresh, vital experiences through theatre.
NST has developed a profile and reputation for innovation and quality delivering work on a national and international scale, taking work to London and Dubai, whilst acting as a major cultural force for good in the city of Southampton.
In February 2018, NST opened a second venue in Southampton’s city centre, NST City, with the world premiere of Howard Brenton’s The Shadow Factory. NST City includes a flexible 450 seat main house theatre, a 133 seat studio, screening facilities, rehearsal and workshop spaces.
NST runs the new city centre venue alongside its existing theatre, NST Campus, on the University of Southampton’s Highfield Campus. NST remains equally committed to both venues.
NST’s produced programme is backed by a bespoke artist development programme, NST Laboratory, and extensive outreach and community projects, NST Connect.
Laboratory is the creative development programme for new work and new talent, through which NST collaborates with artists at all stages in their careers to experiment with new ideas.
NST Connect aims to enrich the experience of NST and its work for all, through a vibrant programme of engagement. NST Connect reaches over 17,000 people through a programme of creative activities, Youth Theatre and Drama Club, and adult workshops and outreach projects, including RSC Open Stages.
NST is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and a registered charity, receiving additional core funding from the University of Southampton and Southampton City Council.
In 2015, NST was awarded Regional Theatre of the Year at The Stage Awards. In 2017, NST won The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre for its brand new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, in co-production with Curve Leicester and in association with Lyric Hammersmith, at the UK Theatre Awards.