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Royal National Theatre

South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 9PX, England
020 7452 3000
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Ranked #47 of 1,085 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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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This is definitely a show not to be missed and it claims your undivided attention throughout. There are several plots running and characters to follow and televisual information that both conveys aspects of the plot and provides hilarious infrormation - especially the tabloid headings that you can imagine having read! Your worse nightmares about tabloid journalism are realised and then... More

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Henley in Arden, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The queue to pick up tickets for the matinee performance of 'Great Britain'. was very long and slow. An assistant encouraged us to use the self service machine, which we did. Two stalls' tickets only were dispensed, one where I thought I had booked and one several rows nearer the front. I thought I had made a mistake in the... More

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Brackley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Great building, producing really exciting new work, and brilliant service from the front of house staff and box office. During my last visit my wife was taken ill during a performance, and we could not have been treated any better as my wife was looked after and the staff skilfully looked after us without any disruption to the show. We... More

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Sydney, Australia
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27 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

When I was in London I took a group tour of the Theatre - this is included in the London pass if you have that and it is totally worth it! You get to have a look at the workings of the theatre, the workshop areas and a description of the technology in the theatre. I still talk about this... More

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Never having been to the National Theatre, we booked our tickets well in advance, and since we didn't know the situation re food/restaurants in Southbank (we live in Canada), we booked dinner at the National Theatre's restaurant before the show as well. The play was “A Small Family Business" by Alan Ayckbourn. Lots of fun. We had great seats, but... More

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London, United Kingdom
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We have seen some excellent plays here, great location and facilities. The roof top bars are great for a drink at the interval.

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Woking, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Having seen Frankenstein by telecast, I was delighted to see King Lear was being shown. The cinema at Cremorne is a small, art deco group of cinemas and it felt as if the audience was truly in the audience at the National Theatre. I haven't seen King Lear performed for some time, but Simon Russell Beale was truly magnificent with... More

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This was my first trip to the National Theatre. What a treat! The performance was fantastic, full of laughter and energy. The timings were perfect. Great characters played superbly.

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Los Angeles
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109 reviews 109 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We were able to score tickets to see King Lear at the National Theatre. The production was brillant! All of it was enriched by the excellence of the theater itself. Sound, lighting, sets, etc. Wonderful.

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Singapore, Singapore
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The national have always done great productions that moved and shake. Not this one. One Sam Mendes (Tempest 2010) was enough. A 3 hours 25 minutes production is just way too long. We are in 2014, not 1420.

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