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 final performance 12 March 2016
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Husbands and Sons. Photo of Anne-Marie Duff
  • As You Like It. Photo of Rosalie Craig
  • Evening at the Talk House. A decomposing dessert on a cake stand
  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Photo of Sharon D Clarke by Seamus Ryan
  • Iphigenia in Splott
  • Waste. Image: Charcoal on paper a man's head, smudged, by Valentin van der Meulen. ‘Untitled 07’. 2013.
  • Moving Stories
  • Cleansed. Photo: Untitled by Birgit Kahle
  • The Solid Life of Sugar Water
  • People, Places and Things
  • The James Plays - The three Kings
  • Les Blancs / The Whites
  • Brainstorm. Teenage boy with blue exploding head
  • The Suicide. Photography by Jay Brooks
  • Another World: Losing our children to Islamic State
  • The Flick poster - photo of a cinema floor