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Duration: 2 hours, 15 minutes

In a once-in-a-lifetime performance, some of the greatest stars ever seen on stage come together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Theatre.

The National Theatre first opened its doors in 1963 at the Old Vic, under Laurence Olivier. Now, 800 productions later, a cast of 100 perform live some of the most memorable, ground-breaking, controversial and best-loved scenes from those brilliant plays. From Hamlet to The History Boys, from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to Jerry Springer the Opera, from Guys and Dolls to War Horse, this unique event will combine rare glimpses from the archive and live scenes starring many of the most acclaimed actors who have ever performed at the National Theatre. Under the direction of Sir Nicholas Hytner the remarkable cast take us on a thrilling journey through the last five decades in an extraordinary evening of theatre.

Last on

Sat 2 Nov 2013 21:00 BBC Two

Credits

Actor
James Corden
Actor
Benedict Cumberbatch
Actor
Judi Dench
Actor
Ralph Fiennes
Actor
Derek Jacobi
Actor
Helen Mirren
Actor
Maggie Smith
Actor
Roger Allam
Actor
Simon Russell Beale
Actor
Frances de la Tour
Actor
Christopher Eccleston
Actor
Alex Jennings
Actor
Rory Kinnear
Actor
Adrian Lester
Actor
Anna Maxwell Martin
Actor
Andrew Scott
Actor
Penelope Wilton
Director
Nicholas Hytner
Executive Producer
Phil Dolling
Executive Producer
David Sabel

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