National Theatre 50

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Happy Shakespeare day!! #Shakespeare400 💀🎭🙌🏻💕👫👑

(Benedict Cumberbatch - Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream/Loves Labours Lost, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead for NT50, BBC’s The Hollow Crown: Richard III)

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Mark your diary: this Saturday, 2 November at 9pm for a once-in-a-lifetime performance, 50 years on stage, broadcast live from the National Theatre to BBC Two.

From Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to The History Boys, from Antony and Cleopatra to Angels in America, from Guys and Dolls to London Road – join us for a thrilling evening of live performance and rare glimpses from the archive, featuring many of the most celebrated actors who have performed on our stages over the past five decades and directed by Nicholas Hytner.

A cast of 100 will perform live on stage, including Roger Allam, Simon Russell Beale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Frances de la Tour, Judi Dench, Christopher Eccleston, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Alex Jennings, Rory Kinnear, Adrian Lester, Anna Maxwell Martin, Helen Mirren, Andrew Scott, Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton and more to be announced.

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A short film of the fireworks display we had last night on the South Bank to mark our 50th anniversary on 22 October 2013.

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Theatre is not something that you can altogether quantify and it’s about so many other things that you can’t. Theatres come alive because people put their hearts and soul into it. Theatre is a life-long commitment. It’s not to do with finance but to do with loving what you do. And I love what I do.“ - Penelope Wilton

Penelope Wilton and Judi Dench at the curtain call at the National Theatre 50th anniversary