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National Theatre

South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 9PX, England
+44 20 7452 3000
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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.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good18%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 9PX, England
Southbank
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+44 20 7452 3000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really dreadful food , messy , pretentious and a waste of money . The only plus was the delightful waitress called Faye, who was most attentive and professional . Shame about the dinner . Nevertheless , great show in the Theatre.More

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alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Gilly, Thank you for your review of House Restaurant at the National Theatre. We share your disappointment that the experience clearly fell short of your expectation. We are always interested in customer feedback and happy to have this at the time of visit so...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw the excellent ‘Home I’m Darling’ at the Dorfman NT on Saturday. The venue is gorgeous and very accessible. Great outside entertainment with funky live jazz on a beautiful afternoon. Drinks and eats not overpriced and very helpful programme sellers and front of house staff.

Thank kateharmond
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alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for the review, Kate. I'm pleased you had a great time in the Dorfman for 'Home I'm Darling' and enjoyed the other facilities of the National Theatre. We look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Popped in to escape the sun! A group of girlfriends were looking for a cool (as in temperature, although atmospherically too!) spot to continue our overdue catch-up. Surrounded by activity both inside and out, it was a little quiet haven. The coffee was pretty average,...More

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alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review of Kitchen at the National Theatre. The foyers have provided a cool refuge in recent weeks and I'm pleased you were able to explore the bookshop and the other activities. I am sorry to read that the coffee didn't meet...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This 1.5 hour tour led by Jess was totally fascinating. No advance reservation was required; we arrived at 11:45 a.m. and found a tour starting at noon. Jess gave us the history of the theatre, showed us the sets, the props, the various theatres in...More

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alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for the 5 star review of the National Theatre Backstage Tour. I'm delighted to read that you had such a great time on the Tour with Jess. National Theatre tours have a separate listing and have recently been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our tour guide, Jack, was a lot of fun and very well informed on the various parts of bringing a show to production. We saw each performance space, the scene shop, props department, and several other areas. It was well worth our time!More

Thank Allyson K
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alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you, Allyson, for the 5 star review of your tour with Jack. We aim to showcase the theatre performance spaces as well as the areas where the preparation takes place, to bring our work to the stages. With around 25 new productions a year,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although a good experience overall. I bought books and coffee and cake. Which was nice. Disappointed as I sat in the seated area I saw a mice!! Running back and forth. Not good, won’t be back in a hurry!! Did not see anyone to report...More

Thank Beverley B
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alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Beverley, Thank you for posting you comments about your recent visit to the National Theatre, which I have forwarded to our Support Service team who I know will share your disappointment, as we have a rigorous Pest Control schedule in place, and closely monitor...More

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Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

Took my cousin to see NINE NIGHT. Queued for tickets from 0600rs at the box office. Well worth it. Very FUNNY yet so poignant. I laughed and cried at the same time. I guess it brought back memories of childhood and young adulthood. Talented Playwright...More

Thank Choc D
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alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you fro your review of Natasha Gordon's Nine Night, from the recent run at the NT's Dorfman Theatre, which you were able to catch before it closed here. Thank you also for the '5 star plus' rating ! I'm pleased to say that there...More

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Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

I took my own advice and avoided the cheapest seats. I paid £30 for this seat to see 'An Octoroon'. The seat was comfortable with sufficient legroom and a great view without any obstruction. I'd definitely book this seat again. 'An Octoroon' was absolutely brilliant,...More

Thank ALH57
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Reviewed July 5, 2018 via mobile

Having just witnessed Octoroon , and being distinctly underwhelmed, it is difficult to be constructive. The acting was ok but disturbances in preparing the set and the mularcky with the screen ( not sure if the problems were planned or not) didn’t help and not...More

Thank CecilGgibley
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Reviewed July 4, 2018

It is with the greatest pleasure and fifty years of experience of the National Theatre in its early days at the Old Vic and then in its custom-built premises on the South Bank that I write about the National Theatre and recommend in it as...More

Thank stephencamburn
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Marvin881
July 12, 2017|
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Response from sdee101 | Reviewed this property |
If you go a short walk to Waterloo station there is a black cab (taxi) rank there or you can order an uber or mini cab
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Frances S
October 27, 2016|
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I was referring to the production of Streetcar Named Desire, with Gillian Anderson playing Blanche Dubois. Someone sent a note to Trip Advisor extolling the virtues of this National Theatre production, having seen the live... More
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lightwithin7
July 5, 2016|
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Response from Rampit | Reviewed this property |
Hi I havne't done the backstage tour, but with other bookings you get a confirmation email and depending on how you asked for the tickets they either send them to you or you collect them from the box office.
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