Negotiations to secure a site for the National Theatre on the South Bank of the river Thames. The series covers developments relating to the siting of the theatre and technical details of the building, within the context of the development of the South Bank area in the late 1940s-early 1950s. This section includes communications between the Joint Council of the National Theatre and the Old Vic and various stakeholders such as the London County Council, the Fine Arts Commission and the architects appointed to design the National Theatre.
This series also includes information on negotiations surrounding the South Kensington site, which was purchased in 1937 but exchanged with the London County Council for a site on the South Bank in 1945. Issues documented include enquiries from third parties interested in use of the site after it was relinquished, as well as the issue of loss of value of the site.