Arena: The National Theatre - War and Peace

Lone Star Productions   |   UK

In Part Two - War and Peace, the National's next generation of Directors, Peter Hall, Richard Eyre, Trevor Nunn and Nicholas Hytner, recount their experiences running the new National " the biggest job in British theatre " from its opening by the Queen in 1976, through the strikes which nearly forced it to close, clashes with the government, the controversy surrounding the play The Romans in Britain, to the fulfillment of Olivier's original dream with the huge success of shows like Amadeus, Guys and Dolls, War Horse and One Man, Two Guvnors. The films tell the remarkable story of the first 50 years of the National Theatre by putting the great stage productions into the social and political context of British life. This could only be achieved by using archive film from the past 5 decades. In Part Two " War and Peace archive footage and audio is central to conveying the turbulent political and social life of the country during the National Theatre's formative period. Despite vivid anecdotes from those responsible for writing, performing and directing the productions the story cannot be understood without evoking the times through archive.