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Royal National Theatre

South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 9PX, England
020 7452 3000
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Ranked #57 of 1,098 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
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Much like Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business showing at the Olivier Theatre, the National Theatre is really showing its age. I appreciate it appears to be in the midst of some redevelopment but the works seem slow and half hearted. The carpets on the main stairs were threadbare, almost a tripping hazard. Not currently a national treasure. And the... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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102 reviews 102 reviews
39 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Saw Simon Russell Beale in the NT 's seminal Lear which was gloriously, thoughtfully constructed and brilliantly staged.Beale delivered an outstanding performance with as good a Lear as you will see in a lifetime.His erudition and wonderfully observed performance brought a freshness and rigour that brought the whole production to a thrilling level with ensemble playing of the highest order... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
4 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Without a doubt one of the best and most creative pieces of stage work I have seen. So clever. Not a word is spoken throughout the show and yet the portrayal of the story is just fabulous. I took my daughter on a recent holiday in London and was really not quite sure what to expect. Within a matter of... More

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Schwyz, Switzerland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Always a good choice, this theatre complex offers the best to be had in London, with a constantly up-dated selection of plays. Many have moved on to the West-End later, and become smash hits there. The Complex is undergoing renovation and extension at the moment (July 14) soon to be completed. Our most recent visit was for a new play... More

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London, United Kingdom
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176 reviews 176 reviews
77 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Entering the foyer of the national theatre is a bit like walking into an uninspiring out of town bus station. For a national theatrical venue it really leaves a lot to be desired. The building itself is a piece of iconic post-war architecture and a very impressive one at that. However, the inside is a real let down. There is... More

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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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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18 helpful votes 18 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
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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5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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