National Theatre
National Theatre
4.5
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This is a theatre that everyone can enjoy, from the classics and spectacular musicals to new plays and special events for the entire family.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Southbank
Big time attractions such as the London Eye and a thriving theatre scene (compliments of the National Theatre and the Young Vic) are but a few of the reasons that Southbank is such a collectively cherished part of town. With plenty of family friendly activities and venues lined up along a pedestrianized river bank between Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge, visitors can always expect a casual and festive atmosphere. On top of all the fun stuff to do at Southbank is the opportunity to simply sit back and admire photo-op views of iconic landmarks like Parliament and St Paul's Cathedral, just on across the Thames.
How to get there
  • Temple • 6 min walk
  • Waterloo • 6 min walk
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  • Laura
    1 contribution
    Recommend the tour!
    Our tour guide was really knowledgeable about the National Theatre complex and it’s history. It was clear that they love theatre and especially the mission of the NT. It was great to see behind the scenes and learn about various productions—current, past, and future. Great tour for theatre buffs!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 14, 2023
  • Deb W
    Reno, Nevada2,571 contributions
    Excellent tour
    Our tour guide Andrew made the an extra special tour. He was incredibly knowledgeable. The tour goes into each of the 3 theaters, the dressing room area and you get to see the workshop and prop shops. I highly recommend this visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 8, 2023
  • Sarah C
    Ashtead, United Kingdom1,214 contributions
    Dear England - fantastic at the Olivier Theatre
    We saw Dear England at the Olivier Theatre. It was a fantastic performance, so cleverly staged. "Gareth Southgate" was exceptional. Comfy seating and great views, plenty of women's loos too! Only downside was the relatively narrow staircases when leaving at the end, we were in the Circle and the mass exodus at all these pinch-points meant everyone had to shuffle down at the pace of the slowest audience member. I wonder how many trains were missed as a result?
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Edward F
    United Kingdom43 contributions
    The Effect
    I had the pleasure of seeing the play called 'The effect'. The acting was very good and although the advertising gives the impression that it is only two people in the cast, it is actually more. The chemistry between the two leads Tristan (Paapa Essiedu) and Connie (Taylor Russell) is amazing.. The play navigates around depression and medication excellently. The stage is simplistic, yet effective. The supporting cast, Dr Lorna James (Michele Austin, who steals the show in my opinion) and Dr Toby Sealey (Kobna Holdbrook-Smith) , encourage the audience to ponder on the wider issue of drug testing. The national theatre venue and staff were amazing. As it was a hot day, we chilled outside in the seating/ outside bar area after the play.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Damien1809
    118 contributions
    National Theatre London Stage and Behind the Scenes Tour
    We went on a behind the scenes tour of NT. Our guide was called Chelsea. There were about twenty in our group. She was knowledgeable and very entertaining. Cost was Fifteen pounds. Tour lasted approx 90 minutes. Numbers on tour are limited. Book early to ensure your Place. Would recommend!!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 20, 2023
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RebblaB
Nottingham, UK5 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Enjoyed the play. Bar very busy at Dorfman - needs a better system as was a massive queue. It’s in a great location of course.
Written February 9, 2024
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Kelsey B
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Couples
Recommend taking the guided tour, good value for the money! Andrew was a great guide! Perfect way to see behind the scenes before a performance.
Written February 6, 2024
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Zuri1982
London, UK9 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
I wanted to say a big thank you to the lovely lady member of staff at the National Theatre ticket desk. She was exceedingly helpful in regards to my visual impairment situation. She helped me to register as a concession and gave us extra information and help relating to my health condition. Thabk Uou for being nice. 👨🏽‍🦯
Written November 26, 2023
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Damien1809
Lisburn, N.Ireland118 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
We went on a behind the scenes tour of NT. Our guide was called Chelsea. There were about twenty in our group. She was knowledgeable and very entertaining. Cost was Fifteen pounds. Tour lasted approx 90 minutes. Numbers on tour are limited. Book early to ensure your Place. Would recommend!!
Written November 20, 2023
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Edward F
United Kingdom43 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
I had the pleasure of seeing the play called 'The effect'. The acting was very good and although the advertising gives the impression that it is only two people in the cast, it is actually more. The chemistry between the two leads Tristan (Paapa Essiedu) and Connie (Taylor Russell) is amazing.. The play navigates around depression and medication excellently.

The stage is simplistic, yet effective. The supporting cast, Dr Lorna James (Michele Austin, who steals the show in my opinion) and Dr Toby Sealey (Kobna Holdbrook-Smith) , encourage the audience to ponder on the wider issue of drug testing.

The national theatre venue and staff were amazing. As it was a hot day, we chilled outside in the seating/ outside bar area after the play.
Written September 19, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

LondonChiswick
London, UK476 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Dear England was absolutely excellent show in comfy seats with a good view, clever staging. We were seated J53/j54 in the stalls a bit to the side, would recommend to be more central to have the actors facing you straight on.
Written August 3, 2023
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Sarah C
Ashtead, UK1,214 contributions
Jul 2023
We saw Dear England at the Olivier Theatre. It was a fantastic performance, so cleverly staged. "Gareth Southgate" was exceptional. Comfy seating and great views, plenty of women's loos too! Only downside was the relatively narrow staircases when leaving at the end, we were in the Circle and the mass exodus at all these pinch-points meant everyone had to shuffle down at the pace of the slowest audience member. I wonder how many trains were missed as a result?
Written July 31, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

sa1gon
London, UK1,089 contributions
Jun 2023
We visited the Lyttelton Theatre for the first time in years.

This theatre doesn't have a bad seat in the house. It seats just under 900 people and it was full.

The play wasn't really our sort of show but regardless the seats are comfortable and the view is great.

However, the Usher checking tickets was over the top. He advised there was no re-admittance, which was fine, but my husband who is in a wheelchair was told that he wasn't to move, which was both unnecessary and a bad tactless to someone in a wheelchair.

Despite there being no re-admittance about 12 latecomers were allowed in after about 25 minutes and about 4 of them were in the middle of the row where I was seat and one of them started complaining someone was in her seat, the people near her said just sit down, as there was an empty seat. I would suggest that these latecomers are given more instructions rather than wheelchair users.

There was also a wheelchair folded at the side of the row, which made it difficult for my husband to get in and out of his row in his wheelchair, as he was told by the Usher he to position himself next to the seat and not at the end on the right of the wheelchair, which would have been easier.
Written June 11, 2023
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Sandy R
London, UK27 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
I went online to book tickets for a play I desperately want to see but it proved impossible as the site wouldn't let me select seats. I rang them but was told the chap on the phone couldn't get it to work either and advised me to ring customer services. I did so, but despite the site claiming £20 tickets were available for the date I wanted I was told those tickets had been "held back", but they weren't allowed to tell me for what reason or purpose.
For a National Theatre this is an appalling advertisement to tourists who want to see great artistes without angst.
Written May 19, 2023
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Deb W
Reno, NV2,571 contributions
May 2023
Our tour guide Andrew made the an extra special tour. He was incredibly knowledgeable. The tour goes into each of the 3 theaters, the dressing room area and you get to see the workshop and prop shops. I highly recommend this visit.
Written May 9, 2023
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