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The Hour

30 Minute. Directed by Pinny Grylls for The National Theatre. 2012


As part of the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the National Theatre Pinny Grylls was granted exclusive access backstage with some of the National’s company. In the documentary we watch the all-important 60 minutes before curtain-up as actors including Simon Russell Beale, Ruby Bentall, Ciarán Hinds, Jenny Jules, Rory Keenan and Sophie Thompson warm up, get into costume and character, and embark on the nerve-racking nightly ritual of preparing to go on stage at one of Britain’s busiest and most high-profile theatres.


This film was published on the Guardian Online for the 5th Anniversary of the National Theatre but is currently offline. It will be available to view on the National Theatre Website shortly.