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National Theatre

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Address: South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 9PX, England
Phone Number: 020 7452 3000
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Smart, efficient service for beautifully presented food.

This restaurant is for theatre goers and so pre curatin up speed and efficiency are paramount. Post theatre, things can be more relaxed. Since its makeover, the quality of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've wanted to visit the NT for some time-outside the building looks confrontational and innovative. Unfortunately the same can not be said for the interior. The whole building looks tired and worn-the upholstery of the seats is faded, the handrails are worn. There is no proper coffee machines and you can only buy programmes with cash-no card payment options. The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This restaurant is for theatre goers and so pre curatin up speed and efficiency are paramount. Post theatre, things can be more relaxed. Since its makeover, the quality of the food has improved (it was always good) and the service is excellent. A relatively small menu ensures that all choices are good. If you want a white table cloth,to eat... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a wonderful day and many thanks to the National Theatre and, of course, Chichester Festival Theatre for having the idea of performing these three early Chekov plays all in one day. I had only seen The Seagull previously but this was a very satisfying event. A very clever set incorporating lots of wood and water as well as... More 

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Morris County, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had occasion to visit the National Theatre on our trip in March to London. We arranged to participate in a backstage tour which was outstanding and well worth the cost! That evening we were fortunate enough to return for a performance in the theatre that we had seen from behind earlier in the day! Outstanding!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Four of us booked for the evening meal package ahead of attending The Threepenny Opera. The set menu choice was excellent, all the food was delicious and we all agreed that it was amongst the best meals we've had this year. The staff are always delightful too. Highly recommend!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I agree with previous reveiwers that every play they put on is extremely well done. I've never seen a bad production though have sometimes wondered why they have bothered to resurrect a particular play. Last week I saw Chekov's Platanov and O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars and both were superb.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped here for a quick cup of tea and slice of carrot cake. Best carrot cake ever. Not bad value either for 2 pieces of cake, a tea and a coffee £10.25

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Have recently become a regular visitor and every play has been a class act (excuse the pun). Latest show 'Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour' fantastically well done. A great venue in what has become a great spot especially on a summers evening.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You do not need to be regular theatre buff to enjoy The National Theatres Backstage Tour. We only had 7 in our group so it was very personalised and there was plenty of time for Q&A. Our guide Jack was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic which made our visit all the more interesting and enjoyable. Would recommend a visit.

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Sunbury-On-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Have made 3 vists recently with my Daughter (she is at Uni studying English & Drama) each time I have not known much about the plays but on each occasion I have been blown away by the performances, the latest one being 3 penny opera. The national is a must top quality plays at reasonable prices.

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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.
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