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  • Fifty Years on Stage (2013)
  • TV Movie | 151 min | Comedy, Drama
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 (written by) (segments: Bedroom Farce) | Alan Bennett (written by) (segments: The Madness of George III/"The History Boys"/"The Habit of Art) | Alecky Blythe (written by) (segments: London Road) | Howard Brenton (written by) (segments: Pravda) & 22 more
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Release date
Nov 2, 2013 (United Kingdom)

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Cast

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115 cast members
Name Known for
Roger Allam
Werner Heisenberg (segment "Copenhagen") Werner Heisenberg (segment "Copenhagen")   See fewer
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
Jonathan Bailey
Valentine Coverly (segment "Arcadia") Valentine Coverly (segment "Arcadia")   See fewer
Matthew Barker
Francisco (segment "Hamlet") Francisco (segment "Hamlet")   See fewer
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
Simon Russell Beale
Hamlet (segment "Hamlet") Hamlet (segment "Hamlet")   See fewer
Alan Bennett
Hector (segment "The History Boys") Hector (segment "The History Boys")   See fewer
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
Michael Brandon
Jerry Springer (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") Jerry Springer (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera")   See fewer
Mikey Brett
Joey - Hind (segment "War Horse") (as Michael Brett) Joey - Hind (segment "War Horse") (as Michael Brett)   See fewer
Kevin Brewis
Ensemble (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") Ensemble (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera")   See fewer
Michael Bryant
Fool (segment "King Lear") (archive footage) Fool (segment "King Lear") (archive footage)   See fewer
Selina Cadell
Queen Charlotte (segment "The Madness of George III") (archive footage) Queen Charlotte (segment "The Madness of George III") (archive footage)   See fewer
Stephen Campbell Moore
Irwin (segment "The History Boys") Irwin (segment "The History Boys")   See fewer
Martin Chamberlain
Journalist (segment "Pravda") Journalist (segment "Pravda")   See fewer
Ian Charleson
Brick (archive footage) Brick (archive footage)   See fewer
Sharon D Clarke
General Cartwright (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") (as Sharon Clarke) General Cartwright (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") (as Sharon Clarke)   See fewer
Judith Coke
Linus Frank's PA (segment "The Absence of War") Linus Frank's PA (segment "The Absence of War")   See fewer
Kate Colebrook
Joey as a Foal - Heart (segment "War Horse") Joey as a Foal - Heart (segment "War Horse")   See fewer
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
James Corden
Timms (segment "The History Boys") Timms (segment "The History Boys")   See fewer
Philip Correia
Rudge (segment "The History Boys") Rudge (segment "The History Boys")   See fewer
Oliver Cotton
Fredrik Egerman (segment "A Little Night Music") Fredrik Egerman (segment "A Little Night Music")   See fewer
Rosalie Craig
Eliza Doolittle (segment "My Fair Lady") / Helen (segment "London Road") Eliza Doolittle (segment "My Fair Lady") / Helen (segment "London Road")   See fewer
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
Laura Cubitt
Joey as a Foal - Head (segment "War Horse") Joey as a Foal - Head (segment "War Horse")   See fewer
Benedict Cumberbatch
Rosencrantz (segment "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead") Rosencrantz (segment "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead")   See fewer
Frances de la Tour
Kay (segment "The Habit of Art") Kay (segment "The Habit of Art")   See fewer
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
Sacha Dhawan
Akhtar (segment "The History Boys") Akhtar (segment "The History Boys")   See fewer
James Doherty
Ensemble (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") / Alfie (segment "London Road") Ensemble (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") / Alfie (segment "London Road")   See fewer
Christopher Eccleston
Self / George Jones (segment "The Absence of War") Self / George Jones (segment "The Absence of War")   See fewer
Charles Edwards
Michael Quince (segment "Pravda") Michael Quince (segment "Pravda")   See fewer
Marc Elliott
Posner (segment "The History Boys") Posner (segment "The History Boys")   See fewer
Ralph Fiennes
Lambert Le Roux (segment "Pravda") Lambert Le Roux (segment "Pravda")   See fewer
Deborah Findlay
Self / Matron (segment "The National Health") Self / Matron (segment "The National Health")   See fewer
Kate Fleetwood
Ensemble (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") / Julie (segment "London Road") Ensemble (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") / Julie (segment "London Road")   See fewer
Hal Fowler
Tim (segment "London Road") Tim (segment "London Road")   See fewer
Michael Gambon
Hirst (segment "No Man's Land") Hirst (segment "No Man's Land")   See fewer
John Gielgud
Spooner (archive footage) Spooner (archive footage)   See fewer
Jonathan Glew
Ensemble (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") Ensemble (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera")   See fewer
Gawn Grainger
Foster (segment "The National Health") Foster (segment "The National Health")   See fewer
Tiffany Graves-Davis
Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") (as Tiffany Graves) Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") (as Tiffany Graves)   See fewer
Colin Haigh
Journalist (segment "Pravda") Journalist (segment "Pravda")   See fewer
Peter Hall
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
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
Nigel Hawthorne
George III (archive footage) George III (archive footage)   See fewer
James Hayes
Mackie (segment "The National Health") Mackie (segment "The National Health")   See fewer
Richard Henders
Ensemble (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Cliveden Whicker-Baskett (segment "Pravda") / Dwight (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") Ensemble (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Cliveden Whicker-Baskett (segment "Pravda") / Dwight (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera")   See fewer
Akia Henry
Nurse Lake (segment "The National Health") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") (as Akiya Henry) Nurse Lake (segment "The National Health") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") (as Akiya Henry)   See fewer
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Guildenstern (segment "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead") Guildenstern (segment "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead")   See fewer
Jack Holden
Albert (segment "War Horse") Albert (segment "War Horse")   See fewer
Nick Holder
Ensemble (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Chucky (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") / Ron (segment "London Road") Ensemble (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Chucky (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") / Ron (segment "London Road")   See fewer
Anthony Hopkins
Lambert Le Roux (archive footage) Lambert Le Roux (archive footage)   See fewer
Emmanuel Idowu
Ashley (archive footage) Ashley (archive footage)   See fewer
Junix Inocian
Wise Man 3 (segment "The Mysteries: The Nativity") Wise Man 3 (segment "The Mysteries: The Nativity")   See fewer
Derek Jacobi
Ghost (segment "Hamlet") / Spooner (segment "No Man's Land") Ghost (segment "Hamlet") / Spooner (segment "No Man's Land")   See fewer
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
Alison Jiear
Shawntel (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") Shawntel (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera")   See fewer
Paterson Joseph
Deli (archive footage) Deli (archive footage)   See fewer
Charles Kay
Loach (segment "The National Health") Loach (segment "The National Health")   See fewer
Louise Kempton
Joey as a Foal - Hind (segment "War Horse") Joey as a Foal - Hind (segment "War Horse")   See fewer
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
Andrew Knott
DPP Payne (segment "Pravda") / Lockwood (segment "The History Boys") DPP Payne (segment "Pravda") / Lockwood (segment "The History Boys")   See fewer
Kwame Kwei-Armah
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
Nicholas Le Prevost
Self / Ernest (segment "Bedroom Farce") Self / Ernest (segment "Bedroom Farce")   See fewer
Adrian Lester
Self / Marcellus (segment "Hamlet") / Othello (segment "Othello") Self / Marcellus (segment "Hamlet") / Othello (segment "Othello")   See fewer
Loré Lixenberg
Peaches (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") Peaches (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera")   See fewer
Nicholas Lumley
Arvide Abernathy (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Journalist (segment "Pravda") Arvide Abernathy (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Journalist (segment "Pravda")   See fewer
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
Anna Maxwell Martin
Horatio (segment "Hamlet") / Hannah Jarvis (segment "Arcadia") Horatio (segment "Hamlet") / Hannah Jarvis (segment "Arcadia")   See fewer
Ian McKellen
Richard III (archive footage) Richard III (archive footage)   See fewer
Tim McMullan
Flagg (segment "The National Health") Flagg (segment "The National Health")   See fewer
Clive Merrison
Headmaster (segment "The History Boys") Headmaster (segment "The History Boys")   See fewer
Helen Mirren
Christine Mannon (segment "Mourning Becomes Electra") Christine Mannon (segment "Mourning Becomes Electra")   See fewer
Iain Mitchell
Mac "Whipper" Wellington (segment "Pravda") Mac "Whipper" Wellington (segment "Pravda")   See fewer
Claire Moore
June (segment "London Road") June (segment "London Road")   See fewer
Lucian Msamati
Wise Man 1 (segment "The Mysteries: The Nativity") Wise Man 1 (segment "The Mysteries: The Nativity")   See fewer
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
Anthony Nicholls
David Bliss (archive footage) David Bliss (archive footage)   See fewer
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
Toby Olie
Joey - Head (segment "War Horse") Joey - Head (segment "War Horse")   See fewer
Lloyd Owen
Tony Blair (segment "Stuff Happens") Tony Blair (segment "Stuff Happens")   See fewer
Alexis Owen-Hobbs
Mission Girl (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") Mission Girl (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera")   See fewer
Alastair Parker
Ensemble ("Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") Ensemble ("Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera")   See fewer
Jamie Parker
Eaton Sylvester (segment "Pravda") / Scripps (segment "The History Boys") Eaton Sylvester (segment "Pravda") / Scripps (segment "The History Boys")   See fewer
Tim Pigott-Smith
Ezra Mannon (segment "Mourning Becomes Electra") Ezra Mannon (segment "Mourning Becomes Electra")   See fewer
Harold Pinter
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
Joan Plowright
Saint Joan (archive footage) Saint Joan (archive footage)   See fewer
Ralph Richardson
Hirst (archive footage) Hirst (archive footage)   See fewer
Richard Ridings
Shepherd 2 (segment "The Mysteries: The Nativity") Shepherd 2 (segment "The Mysteries: The Nativity")   See fewer
Clive Rowe
Nicely-Nicely Johnson (segment "Guys and Dolls") Nicely-Nicely Johnson (segment "Guys and Dolls")   See fewer
Nick Sampson
Linus Frank (segment "The Absence of War") Linus Frank (segment "The Absence of War")   See fewer
Paul Scofield
Antonio Salieri (archive footage) Antonio Salieri (archive footage)   See fewer
Andrew Scott
Prior Walter (segment "Angels in America") Prior Walter (segment "Angels in America")   See fewer
Maggie Service
Sister McPhee (segment "The National Health") / Agatha (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Gwenda Aaron (segment "The Absence of War") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") Sister McPhee (segment "The National Health") / Agatha (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Gwenda Aaron (segment "The Absence of War") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera")   See fewer
Malcolm Sinclair
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
Nicola Sloane
Martha ("Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") / Rosemary (segment "London Road") Martha ("Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") / Rosemary (segment "London Road")   See fewer
Maggie Smith
Self / Mrs. Sullen (segment "The Beaux' Stratagem") Self / Mrs. Sullen (segment "The Beaux' Stratagem")   See fewer
Robert Stephens
Captain Plume (archive footage) Captain Plume (archive footage)   See fewer
Michelle Terry
Dr. Bird (segment "The National Health") / Shepherd 3 (segment "The Mysteries: The Nativity") Dr. Bird (segment "The National Health") / Shepherd 3 (segment "The Mysteries: The Nativity")   See fewer
Paul Thornley
Ensemble (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Andrew Buchan (segment "The Absence of War") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") / Dodge (segment "London Road") Ensemble (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Andrew Buchan (segment "The Absence of War") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") / Dodge (segment "London Road")   See fewer
Stanley Townsend
Bernardo (segment "Hamlet") / Big Jule (segment "Guys and Dolls") Bernardo (segment "Hamlet") / Big Jule (segment "Guys and Dolls")   See fewer
Tim van Eyken
Song Man (segment "War Horse") Song Man (segment "War Horse")   See fewer
Olivia Vinall
Nurse Sweet (segment "The National Health") / Hannah Jarvis (segment "Arcadia") Nurse Sweet (segment "The National Health") / Hannah Jarvis (segment "Arcadia")   See fewer
Howard Ward
Ensemble ("Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") / Terry ("London Road") Ensemble ("Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") / Terry ("London Road")   See fewer
Russell Wilcox
Ensemble (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") Ensemble (segment "Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera")   See fewer
Penelope Wilton
Self / Delia (segment "Bedroom Farce") Self / Delia (segment "Bedroom Farce")   See fewer
Tom Wilton
Joey - Heart (segment "War Horse") (as Thomas Wilton) Joey - Heart (segment "War Horse") (as Thomas Wilton)   See fewer
Duncan Wisbey
Ensemble ("Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") / Gordon (segment "London Road") Ensemble ("Guys and Dolls") / Audience Chorus (segment "Jerry Springer - The Opera") / Gordon (segment "London Road")   See fewer
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