Sam Holcroft's The Wardrobe is a play exploring British history, how the country was shaped, and how connected we are with our past. It was commissioned as part of the 2014 National Theatre Connections Festival and premiered by youth theatres across the UK.
The play's action is set in different time periods across several centuries, all within the same large wardrobe. In each scene, a group of children climb into the wardrobe, seeking sanctuary of one sort or another. There are twelve scenes in all, ranging from the bedchamber of Elizabeth of York on 27 October 1485, to 'a museum, somewhere in Britain, 2014'.
For the first performances, given as part of the National Theatre Connections Festival in 2014, groups were required to select nine of the possible twelve scenes to perform; they were free to choose their preferred scenes. An author's note included in the playtext states that 'This rule can also be applied to subsequent productions of the play.'