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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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Great production of The Threepenny Opera

Got a mail about the Threepenny Opera from my Amex membership, have always been interested in the Beggar's Opera, and Brecht's adaptation into the Threepenny Opera ("Frupney" in... read more

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Hamble, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Got a mail about the Threepenny Opera from my Amex membership, have always been interested in the Beggar's Opera, and Brecht's adaptation into the Threepenny Opera ("Frupney" in cockney patois). Wasn't disappointed. The production made great use of some ragged, simple, but imposing stage sets, transporting the theme to some time in the 1940s complete with MacHeath (Mack the knife)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

On my latest trip to London, I ventured to the National Theatre to see two plays: One, "Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour", told the tribulations and joys of young, Irish Catholic girls in their daily lives and the other, "3 Penny Opera", follows Mack the Knife and his revelry in debauchery. Different plays in scope and setting; yet, both earning... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour guide Sarah was fantastic. She was a walking book of knowledge and had some fantastic stories! The tour gave us access to two working theatres, the Royal staircase (we were sworn to secrecy of course!), the corridors of the actors dressing rooms, rehearsal rooms, set production line as well as having 'hands on' time with props from various... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did not know what to expect having neither of us read up on the Terrence Rattigan play. The set was divinely grey and dimly lit and totally in keeping with the times. In the first act it was hard to work out if the acting was wooden or in keeping with the 1950's. The second act the play came... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Give the other places around a miss they are so crowded. Went to the cafe upstairs and had drinks and great cakes. not much space but a great place for a quick stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in a private party that had secured "The Deck" for a family celebration of life. The views over the Thames are spectacular & the service & buffet food very acceptable. A fitting venue for someone who wants something a little different. Thank you to all concerned.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was around the area when it was built.I didn't like the brutality architecture then and I still don't like it.However I have been to the theatres on many occasions and have always enjoyed my visits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not only because of its great theatre shows but the chilled atmosphere they have in there. You can work, chill with a friend or on your own, get a bite. Don't forget to try the Baileys hot chocolate or coffee at the Bar Expresso. My favourite!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff here are always very helpful....drinks are reasonably priced too. There are usually offers to be had on tickets....see web pages for details.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting tour. Got to see a lot of different bits that you wouldn't see or know about if you didn't go. And keep an eye out for the Royal Staircase!

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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.
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