National Theatre Archive
The National Theatre film collection includes video recordings of over 300 productions and events.
The National Theatre Archive is the repository for the administrative and technical records of the National Theatre, it is open to everyone by appointment. The collection covers the period from the inception of the company in 1963 to the present day. Material accessible to the public includes programmes, posters, photographs, video and sound recordings of NT productions and platform events, press cuttings, prompt scripts, production drawings, costume, lighting, and sound information... The Archive also holds many deposited collections relevant to the National's history including the records of the Shakespeare Memorial National Theatre Trust (1908) and the South Bank Theatre Board.
83-101 The Cut
London SE1 8LL
Phone: +44 (0)20 7452 3135
Access: The NT Archive is open to anyone with an interest in the National's history – theatre practitioners, academics, journalists, writers, picture editors and students from anywhere in the world.
The Archive is usually open to researchers Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 5pm and Thursday when we open from 12 noon to 8pm, by prior appointment only.
The National Theatre Archive has a broader collecting policy than most theatre archives: it is our constant effort to document the history of both the administrative and creative aspects of the National.