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Archive

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Archive

The National Theatre Archive is a treasure trove of material, covering all of the creative, technical and administrative records of the National Theatre. The Archive is open to everyone by appointment. The collection covers the movement to found the National Theatre and the period from the start of the company in 1963 right up to the present day. 

We have an online Catalogue (this link opens in new window) and we provide research space and free screening facilities for individuals as well as groups, including schools and universities, and can accommodate up to 65 people for screenings (group bookings available from January 2022). Captions are available for some production recordings, please ask the team for more information.

Take a look at our video about accessing the Archive in person.

A selection of recordings of past productions are available to view via NT at Home with new titles added every month. To find out more, please visit the NT at Home page.

If you are part of a school or an education institution internationally, please consider subscribing to the NT Collection, which provides access to production recordings, resources and archive materials.
To find out more, please visit the NT Collection page.

Contact the Archive

 

To book:
Please book via the Booking form (this link opens in a new window). 

To look at the catalogue:
Please visit the online Catalogue (this link opens in new window) 

For other enquiries:
Get in touch via the Archive contact form (this link opens in a new window).

Opening hours:
We are open for individual and group bookings on Mondays to Thursdays, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. For group visits of up to 25, please use the booking form, and for groups of 25-60, please use the contact details below.

Phone: +44 (0)20 7452 3135

Email: [email protected]

Address:
NT Archive, NT Studio, 83-101 The Cut, London SE1 8LL

We are located next door to the Old Vic Theatre and a 3 minute walk from Waterloo Station. Click here to see our location on Google maps (link opens in a new tab).

Access:
The Archive research room is located on the first floor level and is accessible via a lift. If you have any specific access requirements please mention them on the Archive contact form. Captions and audio description are available for some production recordings, please ask the team for more information.

Black Plays Archive contact sheet

Black Plays Archive
 

Explore the Black Plays Archive, an online catalogue for the first professional production of every African, Caribbean and Black British play produced in Britain. The Archive now includes Educational Resource packs for selected works. 

 

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That Black Theatre Podcast, graphic in black, white and blue in the shape of a speech bubble

That Black Theatre Podcast
 

Join Nadine Deller for a mix of history, interviews and discussion that celebrates black British theatre and the stories she has found in the Black Plays Archive.
 

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The Oresteia, 1981 - Orestes and the Chorus of Furies

Jocelyn Herbert Collection
 

The collection of theatre designer Jocelyn Herbert is held at the NT Archive with drawings, masks, notebooks and more to discover.
 

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Online Exhibitions
 

Take a look at this series of Google Cultural Institute exhibitions, exploring Greek Tragedy, Shakespeare, Black Plays, Children's Stories and Architecture.

 

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Accessing the National Theatre Archive

The National Theatre Archive is open to everyone by appointment and this film shows the spaces available for use, what to expect on a visit and how to book.

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National Theatre | Archive

The National Theatre Archive is a treasure trove of material, covering all of the creative, technical and administrative records of the National Theatre.

More info