For 150 years, the National Theatre has entertained theatregoers in the nation's capital with a rich assortment of dramatic and musical fare. The theatre's robust life has mirrored the capital's own growth and development, becoming over the course of a century and a half one of America's premier theatrical treasures. This book, the National Theatre's official commemorative 150th Anniversary volume, intimately reveals both the public and private lives of this great institution. Beautifully illustrated with almost 200 rare full color and black and white photographs from the Theatre's archives, this handsome book chronicles the history of the National from its earliest days to the present.
Douglas Bennett Lee is a staff writer for the National Geographic in Washington, D.C. Roger L. Meersman is Professor of Communication Arts and Theatre at the University of Maryland, College Park, and is a theatre critic for the Journal Newspapers. Donn B. Murphy is Professor of Theatre in the Department of Fine Arts at Georgetown University and the President of the National Theatre.