National Theatre 50
The National Theatre first opened its doors in 1963 at the Old Vic under Laurence Olivier. Eight hundred productions later, we are marking our half-century with a short season celebrating the remarkable people and plays that have made the NT one of the most cherished and creative of great British institutions.
Browse these pages to find out what happened and watch recordings of the talks that made up a large part of the celebrations.
50 Years on stage broadcast on BBC TWO.
Arena: The National Theatre.
NT Live Encore Screenings
Your National Theatre
Bookshop on the River
Your memories are creating a unique record that will form a vital part of the history of the National Theatre for future generations. Give us your memory and see it appear beside Alan Bennett's and Tom Hiddleston's.