About the Archive

The National Theatre Archive is the repository for the administrative and technical records of the National Theatre, it is open to everyone by appointment. The collection covers the period from the inception of the company in 1963 to the present day. Material accessible to the public includes programmes, posters, photographs, video and sound recordings of NT productions and platform events, press cuttings, prompt scripts, production drawings, costume, lighting, and sound information... The Archive also holds many deposited collections relevant to the National's history including the records of the Shakespeare Memorial National Theatre Trust (1908) and the South Bank Theatre Board.

A catalogue for the research material in the collection is accessible via the 'Catalogue' link on the left side of this page. The Catalogue contains two linked databases: the Archive Catalogue and the NT Performance Database. The NT Performance Database contains details of all productions staged by the National Theatre. The NT Archive Catalogue contains entries for the items held in the Archive collection.

Whatever your query, whether about past productions, the general history of the National, or the National's home on the South Bank, the NT Archive can provide the answers. An enquiry form is available in the 'Contact the Archive' page.


NT Archive Teacher Placement
A unique opportunity for secondary teachers to undertake a short placement and develop, with NT Learning, new ways of opening up the National Theatre's history and heritage to school groups. Teachers will have access to paper-based and audio collections, the film archive, and a wealth of other NT Archive content. For more information or to register your interest, please contact learning@nationaltheatre.org.uk

Students studying for their Extended Project Qualification can visit the Archive to hone their research skills and explore the NT's productions and theatre history. For more information please contact learning@nationaltheatre.org.uk

Teacher Archive Placements and EPQ are supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.