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Archive

Bacchai (2002), photo by Manuel Harlan

Archive

The National Theatre Archive is a treasure trove of material, encompassing 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. 

An online catalogue for the material in the collection is accessible via the Catalogue (this link opens in new window). The Archive provides research space and free screening facilities for individuals as well as groups, including schools and universities, and can accommodate up tp 65 people for screenings.

The Archive works closely with the Learning department for events in the Clore Learning Centre and to curate exhibitions front of house in the Lyttelton Lounge.

On the last Friday of every month, the NT Archivist and curator offer a tour of the exhibition in the Lyttelton Lounge followed by a handling session with materials from the Archive.  For more information and to book a free place, click here.

Contact the Archive

E-mail:
Submit an enquiry via the Archive email contact form (this link opens in a new window).

Opening hours:
Open by appointment.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays 10am – 5pm; Thursdays 12 noon – 8pm

Phone:
+44 (0)20 7452 3135

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

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 discuss these with the Archivist.

5 Hamlets, Celebrating Shakespeare at the National

A new exhibition from the NT Archive, featuring recordings, props, designs, costume and more from the National Theatre’s five productions of Hamlet.

Open Monday to Saturday, in the Lyttelton Lounge. Free.

More information on the exhibition

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.

Visit website

Black Plays Archive contact sheet

Online Exhibitions

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

View exhibitions

50 Years of the National Theatre

Explore 50 years of NT history with our anniversary app featuring exclusive content from the NT Archive.

Download app

Griff Rhys Jones as Toad in The Wind in the Willows (1990), photo by Clive Barda