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National Theatre

National Theatre

Theater, Opera House, and Event Space
London, London
  • Robin P.
    "The Backstage Tour is fantastic!"(4 Tips)
    James F.
    "view from the terrace outside the Olivier Circle at dusk"(4 Tips)
    Antal János M.
    "Make sure you order your food for the interval."(3 Tips)
    Jake F.
    "... productions. The various theatres are all modern and comfortable, and the..."(2 Tips)
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  • Antal János M.
    Antal János MonoriNovember 17, 2015
    Absolutely gorgeous and the set is top notch. Make sure you order your food for the interval. For cheap tickets in great spots - try getting last minute tickets, but no later then 15 mins before start
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • The British Monarchy
    The British MonarchyOctober 23, 2013
    The Queen views a performance of 'Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat' from the musical 'Guys and Dolls' at the National Theatre on on London's South Bank, 22 October 2013.  Read more
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • J R.
    J RJanuary 27, 2016
    Great example of gothic architecture and a lovely place to sit and enjoy the South Bank.
  • The British Monarchy
    The British MonarchyOctober 23, 2013
    Joey, the 'War Horse' puppet is introduced to The Queen by a child actor during a backstage tour of the National Theatre in London, 22 October 2013. Read more
  • 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
  • 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
  • A
    AJune 16, 2016
    The terrace at the top is lovely in the summer. Sit outside and watch the world go by
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sali K.
    Sali KMarch 8, 2012
    The £5 standing-tickets are a GREAT way to see incredible shows for very cheap.
  • 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.
  • 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.1 week ago
    Three stages in one venue. Great architecture if you like that brutalist kinda thing.
  • Andy F.
    Andy FurbyNovember 30, 2015
    The best of the best. Also a nice place to hang out during he day
  • 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.
  • Dimitris H.
    Dimitris HavlidisJuly 2, 2012
    Come in for a glass of wine or an amazing theatre experience.
  • 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
  • Bob S.
    Bob SmithOctober 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Many great productions. Great value if you book early.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Niamh B.
    Niamh BreslinJuly 31, 2016
    Very busy outdoor terrace - lots of fun & atmosphere
  • 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
  • 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.
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