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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. Captions are available for some production recordings, please ask the team for more information.

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.

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

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

Opening hours:
Following the advice from government about Coronavirus, it is with deep regret that the NT Archive is closed until further notice.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for understanding.

Phone:
+44 (0)20 7452 3135

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 are available for some production recordings, please ask the team for more information.

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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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.

 

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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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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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An NT Archivist in the NT Archive

NT Archive Unboxed Tours


A session with staff from the NT Archive revealing the treasures of the collections and give an insight into how to use the many resources on offer.

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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.

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