National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage

Broadcast live on BBC Two, Sat 2 November at 9pm

National Theatre Live broadcast to international cinemas from Sat 2 November

50 Years on Stage featuring Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Adrian Lester, Rory Kinnear and others

National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage

A once-in-a-lifetime performance to celebrate the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary.

Broadcast live on BBC Two, Sat 2 November at 9pm. Order the DVD now. A 2 disc DVD of the National Theatre's 50th anniversary celebrations. Containing the 50 Years on Stage live gala performance and the two part Arena documentary on the history of the National Theatre.

National Theatre Live broadcast to international cinemas from Sat 2 November

Visit our blog for the photos, archive material and updates from behind-the-scenes that were posted to support the broadcast.

From Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to The History Boys, from The Mysteries to Angels in America, from Guys and Dolls to London Road – join us for a thrilling evening of live performance and rare glimpses from the archive, featuring many of the most celebrated actors who have performed on our stages over the past five decades and directed by Nicholas Hytner.

A cast of 100 will perform live on stage, including Roger Allam, Simon Russell Beale, James Corden, Dominic Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Frances de la Tour, Judi Dench, Christopher Eccleston, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Alex Jennings, Rory Kinnear, Adrian Lester, Anna Maxwell Martin, Helen Mirren, Andrew Scott, Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton. Download the full cast list.

Exclusive videos

 

  • War Horse
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • The Beaux' Stratagem - Portrait of an 18th century woman, collaged and retouched
  • The Red Lion. Blurred figure holding a football in a doorway, lit from behind
  • The Motherf**cker with the Hat. Illustration of a head with a hat but no face
  • Everyman - Chiwetel Ejiofor with cartoon finger pointing down at his head
  • Three Days poster with title_v2
  • Our Country's Good: illustration of a figure in the distance with a manacle on the fore-ground
  • People, Places and Things. Superimposed photo of a woman's head with her face repeated twice, once in red once blue
  • 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
  • The Comedy of Errors. Watercolour illustration
  • As You Like It. Photo of Rosalie Craig
  • 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
  • wonder.land - a grinning cartoon cat