Fifty Years on Stage (2013)
TV Movie | 151 min | Comedy, Drama

The Royal National Theatre celebrates 50 years of excellent theatre, with extracts of some of the best plays of the last five decades, peformed by the countries best performers.
Directors
Nicholas Hytner | Tim Van Someren (co-director) | Howard Davies (co-director) (segments: Mourning Becomes Electra) | Rufus Norris (co-director) (segments: London Road) | Alex Sims (co-director) (segments: War Horse)
Writers
Alan Ayckbourn (segments: Bedroom Farce) | Alan Bennett (segments: The Madness of George III/"The History Boys"/"The Habit of Art) | Alecky Blythe (segments: London Road) | Howard Brenton (written by: segment "Pravda") & 22 more
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Release date
Nov 2, 2013 (United Kingdom)

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Roger Allam
Werner Heisenberg (segment "Copenhagen") Werner Heisenberg (segment "Copenhagen")   See fewer
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Samuel Anderson
Crowther (segment "The History Boys") / ASM (segment "The Habit of Art") Crowther (segment "The History Boys") / ASM (segment "The Habit of Art")   See fewer
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Jonathan Bailey
Valentine Coverly (segment "Arcadia") Valentine Coverly (segment "Arcadia")   See fewer
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Matthew Barker
Francisco (segment "Hamlet") Francisco (segment "Hamlet")   See fewer
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Edward Baruwa
Ensemble (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Joseph (segment "The Mysteries: The Nativity") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") Ensemble (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Joseph (segment "The Mysteries: The Nativity") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera")   See fewer
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Simon Russell Beale
Hamlet (segment "Hamlet") Hamlet (segment "Hamlet")   See fewer
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Alan Bennett
Hector (segment "The History Boys") Hector (segment "The History Boys")   See fewer
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Sophie Bould
Sarah Brown (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") Sarah Brown (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera")   See fewer
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Michael Brandon
Jerry Springer (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") Jerry Springer (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera")   See fewer
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Mikey Brett
Joey - Hind (segment "War Horse") (as Michael Brett) Joey - Hind (segment "War Horse") (as Michael Brett)   See fewer
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Kevin Brewis
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Michael Bryant
Fool (segment "King Lear") (archive footage) Fool (segment "King Lear") (archive footage)   See fewer
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Selina Cadell
Queen Charlotte (segment "The Madness of George III") (archive footage) Queen Charlotte (segment "The Madness of George III") (archive footage)   See fewer
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Stephen Campbell Moore
Irwin (segment "The History Boys") Irwin (segment "The History Boys")   See fewer
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Martin Chamberlain
Journalist (segment "Pravda") Journalist (segment "Pravda")   See fewer
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Ian Charleson
Brick (archive footage) Brick (archive footage)   See fewer
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Sharon D. Clarke
General Cartwright (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") General Cartwright (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera")   See fewer
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Judith Coke
Linus Frank's PA (segment "The Absence of War") Linus Frank's PA (segment "The Absence of War")   See fewer
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Kate Colebrook
Joey as a Foal - Heart (segment "War Horse") Joey as a Foal - Heart (segment "War Horse")   See fewer
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Dominic Cooper
Louis Ironson (segment "Angels in America") / Dakin (segment "The History Boys") Louis Ironson (segment "Angels in America") / Dakin (segment "The History Boys")   See fewer
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James Corden
Timms (segment "The History Boys") Timms (segment "The History Boys")   See fewer
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Philip Correia
Rudge (segment "The History Boys") Rudge (segment "The History Boys")   See fewer
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Oliver Cotton
Fredrik Egerman (segment "A Little Night Music") Fredrik Egerman (segment "A Little Night Music")   See fewer
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Rosalie Craig
Eliza Doolittle (segment "My Fair Lady") / Helen (segment "London Road") Eliza Doolittle (segment "My Fair Lady") / Helen (segment "London Road")   See fewer
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Matt Cross
Barnet (segment "The National Health") / Nathan Detroit (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") Barnet (segment "The National Health") / Nathan Detroit (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera")   See fewer
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Laura Cubitt
Joey as a Foal - Head (segment "War Horse") Joey as a Foal - Head (segment "War Horse")   See fewer
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Benedict Cumberbatch
Rosencrantz (segment "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead") Rosencrantz (segment "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead")   See fewer
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Frances de la Tour
Kay (segment "The Habit of Art") Kay (segment "The Habit of Art")   See fewer
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Judi Dench
Cleopatra (segment "Antony and Cleopatra") / Desirée Armfeldt (segment "A Little Night Music") Cleopatra (segment "Antony and Cleopatra") / Desirée Armfeldt (segment "A Little Night Music")   See fewer
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Sacha Dhawan
Akhtar (segment "The History Boys") Akhtar (segment "The History Boys")   See fewer
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James Doherty
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Christopher Eccleston
Self / George Jones (segment "The Absence of War") Self / George Jones (segment "The Absence of War")   See fewer
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Charles Edwards
Michael Quince (segment "Pravda") Michael Quince (segment "Pravda")   See fewer
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Marc Elliott
Posner (segment "The History Boys") Posner (segment "The History Boys")   See fewer
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Ralph Fiennes
Lambert Le Roux (segment "Pravda") Lambert Le Roux (segment "Pravda")   See fewer
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Deborah Findlay
Self / Matron (segment "The National Health") Self / Matron (segment "The National Health")   See fewer
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Kate Fleetwood
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Hal Fowler
Tim (segment "London Road") Tim (segment "London Road")   See fewer
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Michael Gambon
Hirst (segment "No Man's Land") Hirst (segment "No Man's Land")   See fewer
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John Gielgud
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Jonathan Glew
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Gawn Grainger
Foster (segment "The National Health") Foster (segment "The National Health")   See fewer
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Tiffany Graves-Davis
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Colin Haigh
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Peter Hall
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
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Linzi Hateley
Lindsay Fontaine (segment "The Absence of War") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") / Jane (segment "London Road") Lindsay Fontaine (segment "The Absence of War") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") / Jane (segment "London Road")   See fewer
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Nigel Hawthorne
George III (archive footage) George III (archive footage)   See fewer
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James Hayes
Mackie (segment "The National Health") Mackie (segment "The National Health")   See fewer
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Richard Henders
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Akiya Henry
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Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Guildenstern (segment "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead") Guildenstern (segment "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead")   See fewer
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Jack Holden
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Nick Holder
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Anthony Hopkins
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Emmanuel Idowu
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Junix Inocian
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Derek Jacobi
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Alex Jennings
Henry Higgins (segment "My Fair Lady") / George Bush (segment "Stuff Happens") Henry Higgins (segment "My Fair Lady") / George Bush (segment "Stuff Happens")   See fewer
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Alison Jiear
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Paterson Joseph
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Charles Kay
Loach (segment "The National Health") Loach (segment "The National Health")   See fewer
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Louise Kempton
Joey as a Foal - Hind (segment "War Horse") Joey as a Foal - Hind (segment "War Horse")   See fewer
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Rory Kinnear
Dolabella (segment "Antony and Cleopatra") / Bernard Nightingale (segment "Arcadia") / Iago (segment "Othello") Dolabella (segment "Antony and Cleopatra") / Bernard Nightingale (segment "Arcadia") / Iago (segment "Othello")   See fewer
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Andrew Knott
DPP Payne (segment "Pravda") / Lockwood (segment "The History Boys") DPP Payne (segment "Pravda") / Lockwood (segment "The History Boys")   See fewer
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Kwame Kwei-Armah
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
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Nicholas Le Prevost
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Adrian Lester
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Loré Lixenberg
Peaches (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") Peaches (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera")   See fewer
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Nicholas Lumley
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Lyndsey Marshal
Self / Mary Housego (segment "The Absence of War") / Mary (segment "The Mysteries: The Nativity") Self / Mary Housego (segment "The Absence of War") / Mary (segment "The Mysteries: The Nativity")   See fewer
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Anna Maxwell Martin
Horatio (segment "Hamlet") / Hannah Jarvis (segment "Arcadia") Horatio (segment "Hamlet") / Hannah Jarvis (segment "Arcadia")   See fewer
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Ian McKellen
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Tim McMullan
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Clive Merrison
Headmaster (segment "The History Boys") Headmaster (segment "The History Boys")   See fewer
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Helen Mirren
Christine Mannon (segment "Mourning Becomes Electra") Christine Mannon (segment "Mourning Becomes Electra")   See fewer
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Iain Mitchell
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Claire Moore
June (segment "London Road") June (segment "London Road")   See fewer
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Lucian Msamati
Wise Man 1 (segment "The Mysteries: The Nativity") Wise Man 1 (segment "The Mysteries: The Nativity")   See fewer
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Aaron Neil
Trevor Avery (segment "The Absence of War") / Wise Man 2 (segment "The Mysteries: The Nativity") Trevor Avery (segment "The Absence of War") / Wise Man 2 (segment "The Mysteries: The Nativity")   See fewer
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Anthony Nicholls
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Anthony O'Donnell
Ash (segment "The National Health") / Shepherd 1 (segment "The Mysteries: The Nativity") Ash (segment "The National Health") / Shepherd 1 (segment "The Mysteries: The Nativity")   See fewer
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Toby Olie
Joey - Head (segment "War Horse") Joey - Head (segment "War Horse")   See fewer
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Lloyd Owen
Tony Blair (segment "Stuff Happens") Tony Blair (segment "Stuff Happens")   See fewer
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Alexis Owen-Hobbs
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Alastair Parker
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Eaton Sylvester (segment "Pravda") / Scripps (segment "The History Boys") Eaton Sylvester (segment "Pravda") / Scripps (segment "The History Boys")   See fewer
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Tim Pigott-Smith
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Oliver Dix (segment "The Absence of War") / Colonel Pickering (segment "My Fair Lady") Oliver Dix (segment "The Absence of War") / Colonel Pickering (segment "My Fair Lady")   See fewer
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Song Man (segment "War Horse") Song Man (segment "War Horse")   See fewer
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