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Privacy and Takedown Policy

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Takedown Policy

The National Theatre Archive respects the rights of copyright holders and their representatives. The National Theatre Archive endeavours to ensure that all content hosted on the Black Plays Archive website is compliant with UK Copyright law.  The National Theatre Archive endeavours to check copyright status before making material available online, and where practical we try to contact rights holders to seek their permission.


We are not always able to identify and trace rights holders for our archive materials. In some cases, we may make this content available online without consent in the interests of accessibility, where we believe it will not cause damage to third parties.


If you wish to report a suspected copyright infringement please notify the National Theatre Archive at  To help us assess your report, please include full contact details for the correct copyright holder and sufficient information to identify the location of the material, such as the URL of the image on the Black Plays Archive website.


If we are contacted by a potential rights holder who objects to the presence of specific content online, we will promptly remove the material in question from our website until we have been able to assess the case.


Where material is removed for valid reasons of copyright, its removal will be considered as lasting until copyright in the material expires, or until the rights holder agrees that the material can be reinstated.

Privacy Policy

The National Theatre is committed to protecting your personal information, being transparent about what data we hold and giving you control over how we use it.


We collect your information when you interact with us. This includes when you contact us by email at to share or request information.


This site also uses cookies for functional purposes (ensuring that some services on the website work), and to collect non-personalised analytics data (via Google Analytics) to help us understand how visitors are using this website. You can opt out of the analytics cookies by editing your cookie preferences (scroll to the bottom of any page on this website for the link to appear).


We only collect and use information that’s necessary to improve the records held in the Black Plays Archive and the performance of the website.


For more detailed information about how the National Theatre collects user data, please visit the National Theatre’s privacy policy (link opens in a new tab).