Live from the National Theatre | 50 Years on Stage


The National Theatre first opened its doors in 1963 at the Old Vic, under Sir Laurence Olivier. Now, 800 productions later, a cast of 100 performs live some of the most memorable, ground-breaking, controversial and best-loved scenes from those brilliant plays. Some of the greatest stars ever seen on stage including, James Corden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Sir Derek Jacobi, Dame Helen Mirren and Dame Maggie Smith come together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Theatre.


Licence: ERA Licence required

  • Type: Factual
  • Channel: BBC Two
  • Duration: 2'27'11''
  • Broadcast date: 2013

UK only
Staff and students of licensed education establishments only
Cannot be adapted

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