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
  • One Man, Two Guvnors. A 50 star hit, with three tour cast members and suitcases
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in the West End
  • James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock
  • James II: Day of the Innocents
  • NYT - Selfie
  • James III: The True Mirror
  • NYT - Private Peaceful
  • Here Lies Love. Imelda Marcos with a microphone against a vivid coloured background
  • Romeo and Juliet - sun shining through a heart shaped by hands
  • JOHN, a co-production with DV8 Physical Theatre. Photo of Hannes Langolf by Ben Hopper
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Collage of a boy on a rubbish heap with a passenger jet flying overhead
  • 3 Winters. Black and white photomontage of a young woman. Photo © Jagoda Kaloper-Tajder
  • Treasure Island poster image
  • Dara. Photography by Seamus Ryan
  • The Hard Problem
  • Man and Superman poster, with Ralph Fiennes. Photography by Juergen Teller
  • Rules for Living. Instruction image for combining people and objects