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History Boys rehearsal image 2004


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 to 65 people for screenings. Captions are available for some production recorings, 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.


Contact the Archive

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

Opening hours:
Open by appointment.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10am – 5pm; Thursday 12 noon – 8pm

+44 (0)20 7452 3135

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

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

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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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 from iTunes

Griff Rhys Jones as Toad in Wind in the Willows

The National Theatre at The Old Vic 1963-1976

The National Theatre at The Old Vic 1963-1976
Lyttelton Lounge, From 14 April-25 June, Open Mon-Sat

More information on this exhibition

National Theatre at The Old Vic 1963-1976 exhibition poster