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
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.
Politics and theatre do battle in the fight to establish a successful National Theatre
Drama from BBC Radio 4