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Royal National Theatre

South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 9PX, England
020 7452 3000
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Ranked #51 of 1,134 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
Description: This is a theater that everyone can enjoy, from the classics and spectacular musicals to new plays and special events for the entire family.
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a large theatre, well several theatres in one and it can be confusing but I found the staff very helpful so if you get lost just ask. Went to see Here Lies Love and really enjoyed it. I took a cheap seat in the 2nd balcony which was sold as restricted view however as the action took over... More

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Brilliant music and exciting staging. Here Lies Love tells the story of Philippines' former First Lady, Imelda Marcos, in music written by David Byrne of Talking Head and Fat Boy Slim. Not a performance for those with sensitive hearing - this is LOUD. We had top price tickets, still only £45, in the stalls, which is like being in the... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

A family visit as part of my daughter's UCL course and went to see Ends Walsh`s latest play Ballyturk starring Cillian Murphy and Mikei Murphi. A good thought provoking and energetic performance in the Lyttleton Theatre which was an excellent venue - would certainly return and seeing the quality of the food and drinks would eat there prior.

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Toronto, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Great acting in an excellent production of the story of Medea murdering her children to get revenge on her ex-husband, Jason. What did Euripides want to convey in this play - you will be debating this after the performance. The theatre is wide and you are never too far from the stage so you can see the charaters's facial expressions.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Came to see this with my partner and members of her family as a treat (I think for me - I'm a Scot). HRH Prince Charles shortly after it was built referred to the building as being like "a carbuncle on the face of an old friend" and I can wholly understand the nature of his comment. In simplest terms,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Went to see the second in the James trilogy this week and really enjoyed it. As usual the national feels like real theatre with its terrific sets and atmosphere. Looking forward to the third one with Sophie Grabol in it and fairisle jumper a must!!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I'm a fan of the arts, I make no secret of it, and I've done a lot of backstage tours. This one is one of the most professional and interesting, and gives you a real insight into the inner workings of this prestigious theatre. Like all backstage tours, sometimes you get access to all theatres and sometimes not (if there's... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The Royal National Theatre is incapable of ever turning out a mediocre or bad performance. Everything you see there will be top quality. Three auditorium, The Olivier being the main, have a a long Season of plays and, for certain performances, these are offered at discount prices. The building itself is an excellent place to meet up on the South... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Excellent back stage tour offered at the Royal National Theatre, I'd definitely recommend it. How much you get to see depends on the number of productions they have on at the time - but it's really interesting even if there aren't as many sets to see. Our guide was very knowledgeable both about the theatre and theatre in general and... More

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Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I came to the NT to see Medea, a play starring my favourite actress, Helen McCrory. The play itself was absolutely stunning! I was shaking when it finished. Incredibly powerful with amazing actors and actresses. The venue is very nice with amazing staff. I would recommend walking along the bank of the Thames River to the NT because this way... More

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