Scene Changes: Theatre Architecture

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1.05pm Tuesday 1 October 2013

50th Anniversary Scene Changes Platforms

Scene Changes: Theatre Architecture

Gillian Darley, Richard Pilbrow, Steve Tompkins and Keith Williams

A panel examines how theatre architecture has changed over the last 50 years.

With architecture writer Gillian Darley (Villages of Vision); Theatre Consultant Richard Pilbrow, responsible amongst other things for co-designing (with Richard Brett) the Olivier Drum Revolve; and architects Steve Tompkins, who is currently working on NT Future, and Keith Williams, whose recent projects include the Marlowe and Unicorn Theatres.


One in a series of lunchtime discussions looking at some of the developments and changes in theatre, both off and on stage, over the past 50 years.

Wherever you are in the world, we hope you joined in the anniversary celebrations. Find out more on our National Theatre 50 pages.

  • War Horse final performance 12 March 2016
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Jane Eyre. Woman in a pale dress with an image of flames projected onto her
  • National Youth Theatre: Consensual.  2 teenagers in school uniform, one with her hand over the boys mouth
  • National Youth Theatre: Wuthering Heights, Title in black, over a photo of a young woman dancing in a nightclub
  • National Youth Theatre: The Merchant of Venice, Title in white, over a B&W photo of a V for Vendetta mask
  • Husbands and Sons. Photo of Anne-Marie Duff
  • Waste. Image: Charcoal on paper a man's head, smudged, by Valentin van der Meulen. ‘Untitled 07’. 2013.
  • I  Want My Hat Back. Cartoon animals in black agaist an orange background
  • Evening at the Talk House. A decomposing dessert on a cake stand
  • Here We Go, shadowy, blurred figures, blue against a white background
  • As You Like It. Photo of Rosalie Craig
  • Guardian + NT Debates
  • Gigs at the National Theatre
  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Photo of Sharon D Clarke by Seamus Ryan
  • Iphigenia in Splott
  • Cleansed. Photo: Untitled by Birgit Kahle
  • The Solid Life of Sugar Water
  • People, Places and Things
  • Les Blancs / The Whites
  • Brainstorm. Teenage boy with blue exploding head
  • The Suicide. Photography by Jay Brooks