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The National Theatre: Part Two - War and Peace 

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Episode complete credited cast:
Penelope Wilton ... Herself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Ayckbourn ... Himself - Playwright
Alan Bennett ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Blakemore Michael Blakemore ... Himself - Associate Director, 1970-1976
Anthony Blunt Anthony Blunt ... Himself (archive footage)
Howard Brenton Howard Brenton ... Himself
Peter Brook ... Himself - Director
Bill Bryden Bill Bryden ... Himself - Director, Il Campiello / The Mysteries
Gavin Clarke Gavin Clarke ... Himself - National Theatre Archivist
Howard Davies Howard Davies ... Himself - Director, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Judi Dench ... Herself
Richard Eyre ... Himself - Director, National Theatre, 1988-1997
Michael Gambon ... Himself
Alexander Gowrie Alexander Gowrie ... Himself - Minister for the Arts, 1983-1985 (archive footage) (as Lord Gowrie)
James Graham James Graham ... Himself - Playwright


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31 October 2013 (UK) See more »

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Illuminations Films See more »
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Bringing the Turbulent Tale of the Theater Up to Date
24 May 2014 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

In this second program, the last forty years of the National Theatre is chronicled, beginning with the turbulent Peter Hall years and culminating in the present day, with the move into cinema screening. Hall comes across as rather an abrasive character; a workaholic who entered the National at a time when many of the company - both actors and backroom staff alike - resented the way in which Olivier had been summarily removed from his post as Director. Hall instituted a new director-centered regime, but did so during a period of regular strikes, as well as major upheaval caused by the Company's move to the South Bank. Eventually he weathered the storm, but not without a few of the National's directors deciding to leave the Company and not come back. The Nunn and Hytner years proved less controversial; more recently the National has become something of an innovative institution, screening many of its productions in the cinema as well as performing them in the theater. While perhaps the company lacks the big star names that it once had, it nonetheless continues to produce high-quality work, while remaining true to its founding principles of producing the best drama old and new from Britain and elsewhere. One hopes that the Company will continue to do the same for the next five decades.

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