Founded in 1963, the Royal National Theatre has provided lucky London residents and visitors with some the most thrilling productions in contemporary theater and served as an influential wellspring of talent and creativity, breathing new life into theater classics as well as launching new plays, playwrights, directors and stars on an international stage. On November 2, 2013, the NT celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special gala performance, welcoming home an all-star cast of NT alumni to perform excerpts from landmark productions, complemented by archival excerpts from the NT’s many groundbreaking productions. James Corden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Rory Kinnear, Helen Mirren, Simon Russell Beale, Alan Bennett, Joan Plowright, Frances de la Tour, Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton appear. NT Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner directs.
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