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
  • War Horse on Tour - close up of horse's eye, with sketch of horse and rider just below
  • King Lear with Simon Russell-Beale
  • A Taste of Honey with Lesley Sharp and Kate O'Flynn on a terraced street
  • Home by Nadia Fall
  • A Small Family Business. With Nigel Lindsay in a warehouse
  • The Silver Tassie, with a photo of Ronan Raftery in British army uniform
  • Yellow Face
  • One Man Two Guvnors poster with Owain Arthur
  • The Animals and Children Took to the Streets, by 1927
  • The Roof - title treatment on concrete chasm looking up with free-runner leaping across the void
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • 100 Acts of Minor Dissent. Photo of Mark Thomas
  • James I - photo of James McArdle against a stormy sky
  • Ballyturk
  • James II - photo of Andrew Rothney against a stormy sky
  • James III - photo of Jamie Sives against a stormy sky
  • The James Plays
  • Treasure Island. graphic outline of a sailing galleon on a calm sea at night with stars