When the curtain falls on the final night of a show, the NT Archive ensures the performance can live on.
Set up in 1993, the Archive gives permanence to our theatrical productions by documenting both the administrative and creative aspects of our work, with a collection spanning over 1,000 productions in the NT’s history.
The NT Studio is home to the Archive’s collection, research room and screening facilities. The NT Archive documents the movement to found a national theatre, going back to the mid19th century, and focuses in more depth on the period from the inception of the company in 1963 to the present day.
Archive staff co-ordinate with members of various departments after a production ends in order to transfer the relevant programmes, posters, photographs, video and sound recordings of NT productions and platform events, press cuttings, prompt scripts, production drawings, costume, lighting and sound information to the Archive for permanent preservation.