lab·o·ra·to·ry noun, often attributive lə-ˈbär-ə-t(ə-)rē
a place providing opportunity for experimentation, observation, or practice in a field of study

Nuffield Laboratory is our creative development programme for theatre-makers and companies, based here at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton. It is a space where Nuffield and our community of artists can experiment with new ideas; a creative hub for exploration and discovery. We collaborate with theatre-makers from Hampshire, the South and across the UK to explore new creative projects and ideas or to hone and develop theatrical craft.

You can find out more about the ways to get involved with the Laboratory using the links on the left of this page; we offer a range of platforms for artists to develop and present their work, peer networking opportunities as well as bespoke training and mentoring schemes. The Laboratory brand also represents the diverse community of artists we engage with through the Laboratory Network. We support the creative practice of these artists by offering a packed programme of workshops and networking events, reduced-price tickets, and tailored producing advice and support.

Nuffield Laboratory is led by Artistic Development Producer, Dawn Taylor. If you are a professional or aspiring artist who is interested in building a relationship with Nuffield, please contact Dawn on, or read our FAQs for more information.

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