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National Theatre

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Address: South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 9PX, England
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+44 20 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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Peter Pan at Oliver Theater

Few years back we went for a guided tour of various theaters at National Theater. We were shown and informed about various back stage facilities available at this venue. This... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Few years back we went for a guided tour of various theaters at National Theater. We were shown and informed about various back stage facilities available at this venue. This year I had an opportunity to watch some of these facilities in action when I watched performance of Peter pan at Oliver Theater with my wife and ten year old... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We returned here for a performance of Amadeus in the Olivier Theatre - along with an illustrious couple in the audience more often associated with the RSC. It looked like they enjoyed the performance just as much as did we - Salieri and Mozart were both amazing, with a great supporting cast. And we were equally delighted to find that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Because the theatre is new, all seats are comfortable and have good views of the stage, plus lots of ladies toilets!!!! Great show (Amadeus) - have seen it twice and it didn't disappoint second time round.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is located on the South Bank not far from Waterloo, on the outside it looks like a concrete mess. One of the best, and most well funded, theaters in London. The Royal National Theatre is constantly winning awards and voted one of the top independent theatres in London. It's easy to see why. The Theatre uses that term in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was able to obtain a ticket at short notice online using Friday Rush at National Theatre website as Hedda Gabler is heavily booked for its run and while the seat was high up in the upper reaches of the circle I had a good view of the stage to see this great theatrical experience with an excellent cast especially... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What can I say? When you think The National can't top the last production you saw and they absolutely smashed it from all sides. This production of Peter Pan was/is amazing. The staging, the props, the cast, the ensemble, the musicians, every single person involved in this production need to pat themselves on the back. I can't quite express how... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the kids to see Peter Pan and had a wonderful time. The play was very good and I do not think that there would be a bad seat in the house.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We're regular visitors, probably twenty times a year over the past two decades. The theatre spaces are excellent, but there are increasing issues with the quality of the shows themselves, the choices of the Artistic Director and the refurbished building itself, which has somehow lost its previous stark and minimalist character. The public spaces are now a mishmash of disconnected... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four of us went to Hedda Gabler here recently . The play is very well produced and brilliantly acted . The theatre was full of well wrapped up people , chatting and having a drink in the foyer before the show and during the interval . Everyone appeared relaxed and happy - having made a good choice of event in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've never been disappointed with a play here. The staging & acting is world-leading and the sombre, muted theatre space amplifies the performances on stage. Simple as that.

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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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