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The National Theatre at 50

The National Theatre at 50

A series of dramas, documentaries and interviews celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Theatre

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More programmes marking the 50th Anniversary of the National Theatre

On Radio 4:


Sunday 6 October

The Road to the National Theatre 

A House for Shakespeare - Listen online


Sunday 13 October

The Road to the National Theatre

Whose National Theatre? - Listen online


On Radio 4 Extra:

 

Saturday 19 October

The National Theatre at 50 
9.00am–12.00pm (rpt 7.00pm – 10.00pm)

Daniel Rosenthal conjures up stories and scenes from five decades of a unique national institution, featuring big names, songs from the shows and secrets from behind the scenes.


Sunday 20 October

The National Theatre at 50: The Nativity  
11.00am – 12.00pm (rpt 7.00 – 8.00pm)
Another chance to hear The Nativity from Bill Bryden's Royal National Theatre production of The Mysteries, based on the medieval plays of York, Wakefield and Chester, in a version by Tony Harrison.


The National Theatre at 50: Elmina's Kitchen
8.00pm  –  9.30pm
First performed at the National Theatre in 2003 the play won its author Kwame Kwei-Armah the Evening Standard Drama Awards Most Promising Playwright award.  
Ex-boxer Deli runs a cafe in Hackney. Keeping his son safe, his business alive and staying out of trouble is a full-time job in East London's notorious Murder Mile.


Monday 21 October

The National Theatre at 50:  The Third Soldier Holds His Thighs
7.00pm – 8.00pm
In 1982 Mary Whitehouse brought a prosecution against Michael Bogdanov, director of the National Theatre, over the production of Howard Brenton’s The Romans in Britain, which included a simulated male rape. In Mark Lawson’s documentary drama about the case actors Peter Sproule and Greg Hicks play themselves, with Eleanor Bron as Mrs Mary Whitehouse and Simon Callow as Peter Hall.


Monday 21 October – Friday 25 October

The National Theatre at 50:  The Passion Play 1/5
2.30 – 2.45pm 
Retold in five 15 minute episodes, this is Bill Bryden’s radio version of his National Theatre production of The Passion adapted from the medieval Mystery plays of York, Wakefield and Chesterfield and written by Tony Harrison.


Saturday 26 October

The History Boys
7.00pm - 9.30pm


Sunday 27 October

Amadeus
7.00pm - 9:15pm


Sunday 3 November

Pravda 
7.00pm - 9.00pm

 

On BBC4:


Thursday 24 October

Arena National Theatre

 

Thursday 31 October

Arena National Theatre

 

On BBC2:


Saturday 2 November

National Theatre Live Event

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