Nicholas Hytner: 'I'm still coming down after NT 50th gala'

WhatsOnStage caught up with the National's artistic director at the launch of LAMDA's Act Now! fundraising campaign, a cause close to his heart

Michael Coveney: Women playwrights the National Theatre forgot to honour

Did the National's failure to include more female playwrights in its 50th anniversary gala indicate an institutional gender bias? Not necessarily, says Michael Coveney

Catherine Love: Great gala, but where were the women writers?

The lack of women playwrights showcased by the National Theatre's 50th anniversary gala was troubling

Read Nicholas Hytner's introduction to the NT 50th anniversary gala
By Nicholas Hytner

The National Theatre, which celebrated its 50th anniversary with a star-studded gala on Saturday, has 'always been about who works here', said artistic director Nicholas Hytner in his programme introduction

Photos: National Theatre legends return for 50th gala
By Editorial Staff

The National Theatre celebrated its birthday in style last weekend with a show encompassing all 50 years of the venue's history, with stars including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Benedict Cumberbatch, Simon Russell Beale and Adrian Lester taking part

Michael Coveney: National comes alive in memories at its own 50th birthday gala

A dream cast list and a canny selection of scenes sent our chief critic into raptures on Saturday night

Fifty years of the National Theatre in photos
By Editorial Staff
As the National Theatre celebrates its 50th Anniversary, with a star-studded gala on Saturday being broadcast on the BBC, we take a look through 50 years of productions
Michael Coveney: 50 years of National Theatre memories

On the day the National Theatre marks its 50th birthday, our chief critic recalls some personal highlights

National marks 50th today with royal visit
By Editorial Staff

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will have a backstage tour and watch a performance of Guys and Dolls

Michael Coveney: Hare and Wilton trumpet the National, with more notes for Norris

A platform discussion as part of the National Theatre's 50th anniversary celebrations prompts some big questions for our chief critic