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.
Explore the treasure trove yourself and book on to an NT Archive Unboxed Tour.
Contact the Archive
Get in touch via the Archive contact form (this link opens in a new window).
Open by appointment.
Term time: Monday and Wednesday 10am – 5pm; Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 8pm
Non-term time: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10am – 5pm; Thursday 10am – 8pm
+44 (0)20 7452 3135
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).
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.