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Royal National Theatre

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Address: South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 9PX, England
Phone Number: 020 7452 3000
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Description: This is a theater that everyone can enjoy, from the classics and...
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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Amazing plays, modern venue

I love the National - have been there a few times, and this month there is a new play by Caryl Churchill. The theatres at the National are all very good, though I recommend the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I love the National - have been there a few times, and this month there is a new play by Caryl Churchill. The theatres at the National are all very good, though I recommend the Lyttleton as its a little more intimate. The top-floor has great views, although the drinks could be cheaper!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Visited for a preview performance of Farquar's Beaux Stratagem in The Olivier. A very amusing play, well performed, as usual. The theatre is fantastic. We love going there. There are no bad or restricted view seats. The whole area is buzzing, and the walk back to Embankment station is spectacular.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful theater with a perfect rake. All theaters should have rakes like this - the theater is huge is but I believe that sight lines are great all around. The theater has ample and clean bathrooms - we saw a preview performance and the show was a bit slow but the theater was the highlight...we'll be sure... More 

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Brockenhurst, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Caryl Churchill's poor so called Civil war play smacked of agit prop and 1976 production standards of a lack of theatricality and amateurism. Lectures are not theatre, though the Putney Debates dialogue was interesting. On another front the experience was poor: the new cafeteria still does not deal with the fundamental problem: the over demand for the two restaurants; on... More 

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Chalfont St. Giles, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We went to see Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at the Lyttleton. The theatre is great -- good views from everywhere, comfortable seats and not too hot. The National Theatre is a brutalist concrete building but it works and there are some very pleasant spaces inside. It feels both spacious and calming. A shame that the play, which is beautifully staged,... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We have been to the National Theatre many times. It is about the only theatre in London where you can guarantee that you will have comfortable seats and a good view of the stage from anywhere (Apart from some in The Dorfman) . We have seen many interesting plays and had some really amazing expeiences.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I've wanted to come here since I saw an NTLive screening of Benedict Cumberbatch's Frankenstein (years ago, from the other side of the world) - and after that I signed up for NT emails, so I get notified when booking for actual NT performances opens, and was able to get a 15gbp front row seat for Treasure Island. The play... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Excellent adaption from the book. Good acting. Excellent production and set design. Comfy seats and good view even from rear stalls. Parking £8 from 5pm. £15 tickets 👍

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Been here a few times lately. Lines of sight, even for cheap seats, seem very good. Good theatre, good building, and (unlike other places) no need to take out an additional mortgage for a coffee.

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Brookmans Park, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The ultimate in great theatrical productions. You may not always like the play, but the acting is always superb. It is, without doubt, the very best that London theatre has to offer, and with tickets at £15.00 if you're quick off the mark, unbeatable value. Lots of bars and restaurants too. Attractive bookshop - but expensive.

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