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National Theatre

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

We didn't have time to see a play at the National Theatre but when passing by visited the Shearling High Level Walkway. Enter through the Dorfman Theatre foyer and take the lift... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Glasgow, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We didn't have time to see a play at the National Theatre but when passing by visited the Shearling High Level Walkway. Enter through the Dorfman Theatre foyer and take the lift up to the walkway, it is well signposted in the foyer. The walkway is short but you can have a great view over "backstage" at the National. Very... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

London’s National Theatre. While it is the centre of performing arts in London, the area including within the grounds is also a food haven. The place is pretty pack with plenty of options from British pubs to food trucks to modern fusion offerings. Great place for a bite before enjoying the arts inside. Food truck outside the National Theatre. Believe... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Not a full review of the theatre - just a suggestion if you're passing with a few minutes to spare - that you go in through the Dorfman foyer entrance & up to the Sherling High Level Walkway . You look down on areas of prop storage & prop making, interesting & a bit different- and it's free. A little... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

What great bragging rights to say you saw the next up and coming in London's National Theatre. We found reasonable sell off tickets for a great performance but beware- it's a bit of an experimental theatre so you never know what you're getting! Pick something that has been running for a while- it has a good chance.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I am a regular here as someone with an entry pass card (aged up to 25)I can get tickets for £5!! This is a fantastic price to see such a wonderful range of theatre. We went on the tour very recently, it lasted about an hour and a half, and provided excellent insight into the mechanics, production, architecture, and costumes.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is quite a story behind this visit -- I was going to be passing through London for 3 nights only so I booked the single ticket that was available online. I really wanted my husband to see it too so I called the Box Office and they promised to hold a ticket for me if it became available. And... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at the cafe for lunch during a days sightseeing in London. It was a wonderful, quiet haven with lovely sandwiches and good coffee. The water fountain was a relief. It turns out you can use an Apple laptop for free, and people were sitting round in social groups making use of the free wifi. I'm sure it gets... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a fantastic tour. It cost £12.50 and lasted about two hours although the time flew by - it was so interesting. There were eight of us on the tour which ensured there was plenty of time to ask questions in a really friendly, relaxed atmosphere. The tour began at 10am in the foyer of the theatre. First, we... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Taken by friends to see "The Threepenny Opera" on a dinner included package. Although I did not find out the actual cost it looked like £50 each for excellent seats in the middle plus £26 per head for the 3-course set dinner in the House restaurant. This is where we met at 5,45pm and we had a nice table for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to see the Threepenny Opera, and although the building looks aged, like much of the South Bank, the interior was well appointed and easy to get around.The Theatre seating is comfortable, but seating at the side meant that you missed some of the action . The play, was quite earthy, and laughter seemed nervous, but not so unusual if... More 

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