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by Sarah Wooley

1963. Sir Laurence Olivier becomes the first Artistic Director of the National Theatre. But there are many political battles ahead, not least with his lieutenant, the critic Kenneth Tynan

Sir Laurence Olivier . . . Robert Glenister
Kenneth Tynan . . . John Heffernan
Lord Chandos . . . Michael Pennington
Cecil Tennant . . . Neil McCaul
Diana Boddington . . . Scarlett Courtney
Stephen Arlen . . . Will Kirk
Harry . . . Rick Warden
Neville . . . Greg Jones
Peter O'Toole . . . Jonny Holden
Reporter . . . Clive Hayward

Directed by Marc Beeby

The first of three dramas about the birth of the National Theatre. Funded at huge cost to the taxpayer, the “theatre to end all theatres” was front page news in its early years. Running it was a high stakes political business as much as it was an artistic one. Never before had one theatre been the focus for such relentless national debate about the relationship between the arts, government, press and the public.
From its inception at the Old Vic to the opening of the Olivier Theatre in the National’s eventual home at the South Bank, from the fall of Macmillan to the rise of Thatcher, the series follows the legendary players in a fast-moving, entertaining saga. Big personalities clash and ambition, greed and power fight with artistic integrity and wider cultural responsibilities.
Writer Sarah Wooley has an impressive record of dynamic, character-driven factual drama including 'A Nice Little Holiday' about John Osborne, 'Victim', about Dirk Bogarde and the making of the film of the same name, and 'Fifteen' about Andy Warhol.

Politics and theatre do battle in the fight to establish a successful National Theatre.

0220191120

by Sarah Wooley

1971. With Sir Laurence Olivier due to end his tenure as Artistic Director, the Board attempts to find a successor - with potentially disastrous consequences.

Sir Laurence Olivier . . . Robert Glenister
Kenneth Tynan . . . John Heffernan
Sir Max Rayne . . . Clive Hayward
Peter Hall . . . Sam Troughton
Lord Goodman . . . Jon Glover
Lord Chandos . . . Michael Pennington
Kathleen Tynan . . . Sinead MacInnes
Constance Cummings . . . Jessica Turner
Doctor . . . Neil McCaul
Gerald . . . Will Kirk
Jane . . . Laura Christy
Diana Boddington . . . Scarlett Courtney
Jason . . . Greg Jones

Directed by Marc Beeby

Battles ensue as the National struggles to find a successor to Sir Laurence Olivier.

Politics and theatre do battle in the fight to establish a successful National Theatre

0320191121

by Sarah Wooley

Plans for the opening of the new National Theatre building are threatened by construction delays and industrial action. Meanwhile, new Artistic Director, Peter Hall, faces criticism from inside the organisation itself.
This drama is based on real events but includes some invented scenes and dialogue

Peter Hall . . . Sam Troughton
Sir Max Rayne . . . Clive Hayward
Harold Pinter . . . Paul Ritter
John Goodwin . . . Neil McCaul
Sir Laurence Olivier . . . Robert Glenister
Lord Goodman . . . Jon Glover
Diana Boddington . . . Scarlett Courtney
Simon Replh . . . Will Kirk
Strike Leader . . . Rick Warden
Contractor . . . Greg Jones
Taxi Driver . . . Adam Courting

Directed by Marc Beeby

Union unrest, building delays and vicious infighting dog the opening of the new theatre

Politics and theatre do battle in the fight to establish a successful National Theatre