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National Theatre

National Theatre

Theater, Opera House, and Event Space
London, London
  • Has a stamp of approval from Londonist and Time Out London
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  • James F.
    "view from the terrace outside the Olivier Circle at dusk"(4 Tips)
    Robin P.
    "The Backstage Tour is fantastic!"(3 Tips)
    Jake F.
    "... productions. The various theatres are all modern and comfortable, and the..."(2 Tips)
    Mareka S.
    "amazing Handspring Theatre company"(2 Tips)
96 Tips and reviews
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  • olivier
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  • Miguel A.
    Miguel AlonsoDecember 20, 2014
    One of my favourite places in London, always have a fantastic programme and the shop is just great. The coffee shop next to the box office has good coffee and they do amazing backstage tours.
  • Maria Ines G.
    Maria Ines Guaia KeebleJanuary 22, 2015
    If you are on a budget but don't want to miss on a play on this fantastic theatre, ask about the standing option (5 pounds). The scenography is incredible. Nice to hang out before and after plays.
  • Luke K.
    Luke KpaintApril 15, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Lovely place to read! You can pick any of the common areas outside the theatres. The lighting over the tables is excellent for working, even in areas that look very dark before trying the tables.
  • George X.
    George XAugust 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The best performances take place here. Huge, modern industrial rooms/theatre. Excellent bar with drinks/beers in the ground floor, with view in southbank. Excellent coffee shop on the side.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HainesNovember 10, 2015
    International and authentic theatre. They have a lot of classics which they show here. There's also free wifi making it t good for working as well as a cafe &a gift shop.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HadwinJanuary 28, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to see the best of British Theatre. Bars better as you go up. Food not bad. Go to the Espresso Bar at the back for a good selection of sandwiches but get your drinks at the bar.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MarksSeptember 4, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The café does a great flat white, but the sandwiches are pretty expensive. Not a lot of light, but there's lots of space to sit and ponder. Don't forget to get an entry pass for early bookings!
    Upvoted Jul 8
  • Tim T.
    Tim TalbotSeptember 14, 2011
    There’s a small number of £5 tickets for those 16 - 25 at every performance at the NT (our fave place to watch luvvies tread the boards). Sign up at their website and book your tickets well in advance Read more
  • Amy G.
    Amy G.January 29, 2014
    Great views of the Thames, London Eye, etc. from balcony of third level by the bar. Pop out for some fresh air during intervals.
  • Jake F.
    Jake FraserAugust 29, 2014
    Brilliant space both to relax and enjoy excellent productions. The various theatres are all modern and comfortable, and the architecture is absolutely fascinating.
  • Missy
    MissyFebruary 3, 2016
    I love the national theatre. Such an amazing range of plays on at their various theatres. The book shop is amazing for thespians. Plays, books for acting, directing, audition monologues. Love it.
    Otel.comOctober 11, 2011
    The National Theatre’s three auditoriums—the Olivier, the Lyttelton and the Cottesloe—are venues of world-famous plays and musicals. Book tickets in advance. Open Monday to Saturday, 9:30am to 8pm.
  • Marie S.
    Marie S.June 19, 2016
    Their bookshop, cafe and bars are opened late, pop in for a browse or a quick drink.
  • Zain A.
    Zain AwanFebruary 11, 2015
    If you're a student turn up with your id 45 mins before a performance and get the best seats in the house for 15 pounds.
  • Lizzie B.
    Lizzie BarkerMarch 13, 2013
    Port is brilliant! Simon Stevens is the bomb!! Back row of the Lyttleton theatre and everything was seen perfectly.
  • Britannica
    BritannicaAugust 3, 2011
    It was given a permanent home at the South Bank arts complex in the Greater London borough of Lambeth in 1976. In 1988 Queen Elizabeth II gave permission for the company to add “Royal” to its name.
  • Irfan Q.
    Irfan QureshiJuly 22, 2011
    if the sunset views from the 6th floor of the Royal Festival Hall aren't satiating. Try the views from the top floor of the National Theatre. Stunning!
  • Nigel H.
    Nigel HewsonDecember 20, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Even if a show is sold out it is always worth trying for returns on the day - get there a good few hours before the performance and take a good book
  • Simone L.
    Simone LaberintoNovember 8, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    My favourite place in London. It's like the mothership and it's beaming me up to come home. Great performing arts venue.
  • J R.
    J RJanuary 27, 2016
    Great example of gothic architecture and a lovely place to sit and enjoy the South Bank.
  • paul c.
    paul cardwellJune 24, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Welcome to Thebes is a wonderful new play - Greek mythology meets modern day African politics. Incest, genocide, superstition. A perfect fit. Great, thought-provoking theatre. Go.
  • Johannah A.
    Johannah AlltimesJune 17, 2013
    During the interval at a play showing in the Olivier, make sure you go and stand on the terrace for some unique views of London.
  • Dave M.
    Dave MarshallSeptember 18, 2015
    Free wifi, onsite gift shop, box office and great for people watching around sunset
  • A
    AJune 16, 2016
    The terrace at the top is lovely in the summer. Sit outside and watch the world go by
  • James F.
    James ForresterMay 10, 2012
    If you time it right, the view from the terrace outside the Olivier Circle at dusk is really beautiful
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonFebruary 23, 2012
    The concrete-clad, 1960s modernist grandmother of them all: no theatrical tour of London is complete without a visit to the National. Read more
  • Adam K.
    Adam KhalidNovember 2, 2014
    If you're 16-25, sign up for the Entry Pass for £5 best available tickets and workshops. Brilliant programme.
  • Sali K.
    Sali KMarch 8, 2012
    The £5 standing-tickets are a GREAT way to see incredible shows for very cheap.
  • Andy S.
    Andy SilverwoodApril 27, 2014
    If you're a member of Equity, you can get serious reductions on last minute tickets, as can those under the age of 25
  • Ann M.
    Ann MarieAugust 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Been to see Antigone twice, will be going back in November to see another show as I enjoyed it so much.
  • Jef W.
    Jef WegNovember 1, 2014
    Theater was beautiful, the play we saw was high art: utterly confusing but well acted
  • Leach E.
    Leach E. E.March 11
    Three stages in one venue. Great architecture if you like that brutalist kinda thing.
  • Oli D.
    Oli DowdeswellAugust 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Day tickets released at 8 30, but for popular shows it's worth turning up and queuing from about 7 to guarantee tickets.
  • Andy F.
    Andy FurbyNovember 30, 2015
    The best of the best. Also a nice place to hang out during he day
  • Dimitris H.
    Dimitris HavlidisJuly 2, 2012
    Come in for a glass of wine or an amazing theatre experience.
  • Bob S.
    Bob SmithOctober 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Many great productions. Great value if you book early.
  • hub b.
    hub by Premier InnJanuary 28, 2016 combines live theatre and digital technology to portray the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland in the present day. Until February 2016
  • hub b.
    hub by Premier InnNovember 18, 2015 combines live theatre and digital technology to portray the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland in the present day. Until February 2016
  • Nicholas Q.
    Nicholas QuirkeDecember 5, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Rarely doe this immense space disappoint. Some great changes are happening as they give themselves a facelift.
  • Nick L.
    Nick LevineApril 18, 2010
    A limited number of tickets are available for £10. Book early for these. Also worth signing up as a member for discounts and pre-sales.
  • SealTree
    SealTreeJune 13, 2011
    A cosy place to hang out when it's pissing down outside...and a cheap filling meal at they foyer cafe... Read more
  • Niamh B.
    Niamh BreslinJuly 31, 2016
    Very busy outdoor terrace - lots of fun & atmosphere
  • Abigail L.
    Abigail LloydMay 13, 2013
    Othello with @AdrianLester and Rory Kinnear is absolutely brilliant - get tickets while you still can!
  • Londonist
    LondonistJuly 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get there early to snap up cheap Day Tickets and check out the view of the river from the terrace.
  • Rimon N.
    Rimon NAugust 24, 2014
    Wonderful place to relax and read in the heart of the city.
  • Oliver S.
    Oliver ShreeveDecember 19, 2015
    I was surprised by the amount of students working here on the ground floor.
  • mylifeisgorgeous
    mylifeisgorgeousOctober 22, 2011
    Inside this beautiful building designed by architect Sir Denys Lasdun, 3 stages will make you go wild.South Bank+44 (0) 20 7 452 3000 Read more
  • Deqa D.
    Deqa DeqaApril 13, 2012
    Fantastic place to be....this time going to see "moon in the rainbow shawl" Can't wait!
  • Enzo M.
    Rough modernist architecture but excellent theatrical productions
  • Mareka S.
    Mareka StakeOctober 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Or You Could Kiss Me. An amazing play, by the amazing Handspring Theatre company - fantastic puppeteers. Go see.
  • Gabriella
    GabriellaApril 12, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    There's an ATM/cash machine in the main foyer near the book shop - very useful!
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaigrieJune 13, 2012
    If your here after 5 and your in the sun. Go to the bar and get a beer!
  • Abbi O.
    Abbi OsbistonMarch 13, 2012
    The view from the deck on level 3 is amazing
  • Dave M.
    Dave MarshallSeptember 18, 2015
    Authentic international theatre companies. The classics often appear here
  • Zoe S.
    Zoe StantonOctober 11, 2011
    Can be noisy in the evening with theatre announcements but large comfy sofas
  • Azin A.
    Azin AshourvanFebruary 11, 2016
    The interactive exhibit is very very basic.
  • Amanda J.
    Amanda JonesMarch 12, 2011
    Pip in and check out the very good angelheaded hipsters photo exhibition if you have time!
  • Alcia M.
    Alcia MundyAugust 28, 2011
    Press Photographer of the year exhibtion on in the first floor, well worth checking out! :)
  • Edu P.
    Edu PAugust 2, 2013
    August 2nd. The day I saw the greatest play in all my life: Othello. Rory Kinnear was unbelievable.
  • Conrad Hotels & Resorts
    Finish the night with a performance at a revamped British landmark. Read more
    HISTORY UKJanuary 17, 2011
    The first play was staged here in 1963. The play was Hamlet, starring Peter O’Toole, and directed by Laurence Olivier.
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BearmanAugust 10, 2014
    Excited to see a small family business again this afternoon
  • Lol
    LolJuly 31, 2014
    Great Britain. Great
  • Danielle H.
    Danielle HSeptember 14, 2011
    War Horse play is amazing!! Really beautifull!!
  • Robin P.
    Robin PeetersNovember 5, 2011
    The Backstage Tour is fantastic!
  • Blair F.
    Blair FranceyMay 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    It's a theatre with a rotating stage - what's more to like? Read more
  • H R.
    H RDecember 29, 2014
    Contemporary British culture at its finest
  • Dace Elza D.
    Dace Elza DruvaMarch 7, 2013
    Great place,live music tonight
  • Nicos T.
    Nicos TagarasFebruary 7
    Amazing sceneries!!!
  • Richard C.
    Richard CoombesApril 9, 2011
    Nice magners here, theatre itself smells a bit nasty
  • Mary M.
    Mary McKennaAugust 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Fab exhibition on right now of 2011 & 2012 press photos - some corkers!
  • Mike H.
    Mike HydeOctober 11, 2010
    Free wi-fi in the cafe/bar area - just set up a basic account and you're away....
  • Marcus O.
    Marcus OlssonJanuary 6
    Excellent play! Hedda Gabler.
  • TravelReflex R.
    TravelReflex ReflexSeptember 11, 2011
    Themes festival is a great gig for free
  • Mareka S.
    Mareka StakeOctober 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Go and see The Kitchen. 'Tis marvellous. Read more
  • neiljohnford
    neiljohnfordMarch 2, 2013
    Echoes of a vanishing world exhibition
  • Dima G.
    Dima GoryaynovJanuary 28, 2013
    Love this place so much!
  • Theo S.
    Theo SAntoMay 21, 2016
    Amazing theatre
  • Philip F.
    Philip FumeyJune 8, 2010
    Live music every weekday in the foyer of the National Theatre
  • Jennie D.
    Jennie DyerMarch 21, 2015
    Reading books in the gift shop
  • Alan J.
    Alan JayDecember 12, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Great small theatre at the National.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicJanuary 7, 2015
    I've never seen a bad show here.
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron ChildNovember 21, 2011
    Nokia everyday things made amazing!!
  • Shaun O.
    Shaun OrpenMay 10, 2014
    Unfriendly and unhelpful staff. Good strong coffee. Average pastries.
  • Lesley A.
    Lesley AtkinsFebruary 20, 2012
    Go watch She Stoops to Conquer! BRILLIANT
  • Meghann
    MeghannJune 8, 2011
    Come here. It's good.
  • Holly C.
    Holly CameronFebruary 1, 2010
    Take the backstage tour. 6 tours a day and only £6. Amazing. Read more
  • Gene J.
    Gene JohnsonJanuary 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get £12 tickets
  • Elsie L.
    Elsie LamDecember 4, 2011
    Cake and coffee deal £3.70
  • Charlie N.
    Charlie NAugust 26, 2011
    Fun Maze and festival!
  • Mark P.
    Mark PatczaiNovember 28, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't go to see Caryl Churchill's play 'Here we go'!!! It's the worst play ever staged at the National. Such a waste of time and space!
  • Olga I.
    Olga IlyukhinaNovember 7, 2013
    Для нас это современное нагромождение кубов слабо ассоциируется с театром, тем более национальным. Здесь не так много как у нас внимания уделяют внешней стороне чего бы то ни было.
  • Bir Zamanlar
    Bir ZamanlarOctober 25, 2013
    Eger herhangi bir gosteriye biletiniz yoksa bile,Kapidaki gorevlilere iceriye bakmak istediginizi soylerseniz size gunluk bilet veriyorlar.Kesinlikle gidip gorulmesi gereken bir yer.
  • 7161440
    7161440October 8, 2014
    Симпатичный театр. Хороший звук. Архитектура "национальная".
  • Can C.
    Can CekliOctober 21, 2016
    Çalışmak için çok keyifli...
  • Maurizio M.
    Maurizio MontanaroSeptember 7, 2015
    Devo troppo avere anche io con il dito che indica!
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