There will be a rare opportunity to view an archive recording of David Tennant’s award-winning 2005 performance in John Osbourne’s Look Back In Anger. The screening is part of the 20th Anniversary celebrations of the National Video Archive of Performance (NVAP) and takes place on Sunday 6th May at 2.00pm at the Hochhauser Auditorium in the Sackler Center at the V&A Museum.


The play will be shown as part of a summer season running on selected Sundays from April to June, selected from the 280-plus recordings of productions held by the archive.


David Tennant won a CATS Award (Critics Award for Theatre Scotland) for his performance as Jimmy Porter in the production. Full details about the play, which also starred Kelly Reilly, can be found on the David Tennant Theatre website, including full cast details and photos.


From the V&A Press Release:


Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the National Video Archive of Performance (NVAP)


Selected Sundays 15 April – 17 June Screenings start at 14.00

Hochhauser Auditorium

Screenings are free, on a first come first served basis


To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of NVAP, the V&A proudly presents a programme of screenings, ranging from classic plays to West-End hits, from pantomimes and musicals to physical theatre and new writing. Established in 1992, the National Video Archive of Performance (NVAP) contains over 280 high-quality recordings of outstanding productions, and documents 20 years of British theatre.


Each screening will be introduced by a member of the original production or a V&A curator.


Sunday 15 April

The Chalk Garden (1955)

Written by Enid Bagnold and directed by Michael Grandage

With Margaret Tyzack and PenelopeWilton

Recorded at the Donmar Warehouse, July 2008 (97 minutes)


Sunday 22 April

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (mid-1590s)

Written by William Shakespeare and directed by Tim Supple

Recorded at the Roundhouse, April 2007 (130 minutes)


Sunday 29 April

The Caucasian Chalk Circle (1944)

Written by Bertolt Brecht and directed by Simon McBurney

Recorded at the Olivier Theatre, June 1997 (178 minutes)


Sunday 6 May

Look Back in Anger (1956)

Written by John Osborne and directed by Richard Baron

With Kelly Reilly and David Tennant

Recorded at the Theatre Royal,Bath, February 2005 (137 minutes)


Sunday 27 May

Butley (1971) – to be confirmed

Written by Simon Gray and directed by Lindsay Posner

With Dominic West, Amanda Drew and Paul McGann

Recorded at the Duchess Theatre, August 2011 (124 minutes)


Sunday 3 June

A Number (2002) – to be confirmed

Written by Caryl Churchill and directed by Stephen Daldry

With Michael Gambon and Daniel Craig

Recorded at theRoyalCourtTheatre, October 2002 (60 minutes)


Sunday 10 June

Tusk Tusk (2009)

Written by Polly Stenham and directed by Jeremy Herrin

Recorded at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, April 2009 (86 minutes)


Sunday 17 June

The Riots (2011)

Written by Gillian Slovo and directed by Nicolas Kent

Recorded at the Tricycle Theatre, December 2011 (100 minutes)



NVAP recordings can be accessed by individual researchers by appointment at the Theatre and Performance research facility at Blythe House in Olympia. To book an appointment email


Group viewings take place in the Sackler Centre at the V&A. To book, email


For the full catalogue of recordings, visit



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