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The National Theatre Archive

The NT Archive is open to all and holds artistic, technical and administrative records relating to the National Theatre.

The collection covers the period from the inception of the company in 1963, when productions were staged at the Old Vic, right up to the present day.

Materials in the Archive range from programmes prompt scripts and correspondence, to schedules, photographs and recordings. The Archive also holds external collections, which provide an insight into the National Theatre from a different perspective, such as theatre design or vocal coaching.

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.

A catalogue for the research material in the collection is also accessible online, which contains links to two linked databases: the Archive Catalogue and the NT Performance Database. The NT Performance Database contains details of all productions staged by the National Theatre. The NT Archive Catalogue contains entries for the items held in the Archive collection.

The NT Archive is open to all by appointment. The research room allows access to physical and digital material, and screening facilities are available for up to 60 people.

Opening hours:

Monday – Wednesday 10am – 5pm
Thursday 12 – 8pm
(Closed public holidays)

For more information on the NT Archive, click here.