GREAT PERFORMANCES: National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 9:00pm

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH as Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Credit: Courtesy of ©Catherine Ashmore

Celebrate the Royal National Theatre’s 50th year with performances by alumni and archival excerpts. 

The National Theatre opened its doors in 1963 with Laurence Olivier as its first director. Eight hundred productions later, the venerable institution celebrates its 50th anniversary with a starry cast of theatrical legends to applaud the remarkable people and plays that have made the NT one of the most cherished and creative wellspring’s of international theater: from premieres of plays by Tom Stoppard, Peter Shaffer, Harold Pinter, Alan Bennett and David Hare, to outstanding revivals of classic plays and musicals.

National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage will air on Great Performances, Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.