National Theatre Black Plays Archive

Welcome to the National Theatre’s Black Plays Archive website, an online catalogue of the first professional production of every African, Caribbean, and Black British play produced in the U.K. This project has been made possible by support from Sustained Theatre and Arts Council England.

In addition to the searchable database of plays produced in the U.K we are developing a number of contextual resources. These include audio recordings of play extracts recorded at the National Theatre, and essays and video interviews with leading practitioners and academics in the field. Contextual resources and content will gradually be added to the site over the coming months.

We encourage visitors to use the Feedback Tab to help us improve our records and to provide us with their views on the website and resources.

The Black Plays Archive supported by Sustained Theatre and Arts Council England, is an online catalogue for the first professional production of every African, Caribbean and Black British play produced in Britain.
  • Introductory video

    Playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah introduces the Black Plays Archive, discusses its goals and how you can explore its resources. For more information about the project see the ‘About’ section above.

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Interviews and essays on Black British Theatre and a selection of play extracts, recorded especially for the Archive.