The National Theatre Archive is a treasure trove of material, encompassing all of the creative, technical and administrative records of the National Theatre. The Archive is open to everyone by appointment. The collection covers the movement to found the National Theatre and the period from the start of the company in 1963 right up to the present day.
An online catalogue for the material in the collection is accessible via the Catalogue (this link opens in new window). The Archive provides research space and free screening facilities for individuals as well as groups, including schools and universities, and can accommodate up to 65 people for screenings. Captions are available for some production recorings, please ask the team for more information.
The Archive works closely with the Learning department for events in the Clore Learning Centre and to curate exhibitions front of house in the Lyttelton Lounge.
Contact the Archive
Submit an enquiry via the Archive email contact form (this link opens in a new window).
Open by appointment.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10am – 5pm; Thursday 12 noon – 8pm
*Please note that the Archive will be closed from 2pm Thursday 20th December, reopening at 10am on Wednesday 2nd January*
+44 (0)20 7452 3135
NT Archive, NT Studio, 83-101 The Cut, London SE1 8LL
The Archive research room is located on the first floor level and is accessible via a lift. If you have any specific access requirements please discuss these with the Head of Archive. Captions are available for some production recordings, please ask the team for more information.