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Your National Theatre

Synopsis
Television documentary celebrating the opening of the National Theatre on London’s South Bank. Containing a large amount of archival material, it shows the history of the National Theatre project from the laying of the foundation stone in 1951 to the opening of the Lyttleton. Among the interviewees are Laurence Olivier (including his farewell speech to the company), Peter Hall, Denys Lasdun. Raymond Mander, Joe Mitchenson and Kenneth Tynan. There is unique film of the Olivier Theatre’s revolving ‘drum’ before its installation. Includes scenes from the last night at the Old Vic, with Peggy Ashcroft, Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud from the 1963 FAREWELL TO THE VIC. and extracts from past productions including Peter Hall’s production of The Tempest with Gielgud.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
21 Aug 1976 (Channel: ITV)
Duration
87 mins; 3,155 (16mm) feet

Credits

Director
Derek Bailey
Producer
Derek Bailey
Music
William Walton
Contributor
Albert Finney; Denys Lasdun; Joe Mitcheson; Kenneth Tynan; Laurence Olivier; Peggy Ashcroft; Peter Hall; Ralph Richardson; Raymond Mander
Cast
John GielgudProspero
Denis QuilleyCaliban
Arthur LoweStephano
Julian OrchardTrinculo

Additional Details

Theatre
Old Vic Theatre
Theatre company
Old Vic Theatre Company
Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Tempest, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); National Theatre (London)

Production Company

Name

London Weekend Television

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

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Fax
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