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National Theatre

South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 9PX, England
+44 20 7452 3000
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 9PX, England
+44 20 7452 3000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Having been lucky enough to get a ticket for the much sought after production of Angels In America (although only for Part 2), this was my first visit to the National, being more of a musical theatre person, than watching a play. However, when the...More

Thank galileo72
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My first time at the national theatre seeing Ugly Lies the Bone in the Lyttelton theatre. I can't say i'm much of a fan of the brutalist architecture outside or in, but that said, once inside it is probably my favourite London theatre. I was...More

Thank Emily R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to the Dorfman theatre, the newest theatre at the National. We hadn't been there before. It's comfortable and a great space. We saw Nina Raine's play called Consent. It explored the issues of rape trials but also follows the lives of the barristers...More

Thank sdee101
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first visit to see a play at the Olivier Theatre and we were lucky enough to have seats for the last night of Twelfth Night. It is a lovely theatre and the seats are comfortable. We had an excellent view in row...More

Thank Taxidevil
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were lucky - went to the NT early morning and got same day tickets for only £15! I asked if it was obscured view and was told no. However, because the seating and staging changes per show, the agent didn't realize that it WAS...More

Thank MidwestCoastie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My spouse and I went for a late in the day backstage tour the afternoon of May 10th and we really enjoyed it! We had bought the London Pass (3 day) and the that afternoon was our last chance to use the pass. I was...More

Thank matthewfreeland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went with a friend to see a new play, Salome, mid-week. Just walking along South Bank is a pleasure, and the architecture of the different centres is interesting and always provide something to look at. Inside, again, it is different from an average theatre,...More

Thank Maytrea
Management response:

Thank you for posting your comments and for the 5 star rating. You're right to point out that the Olivier is an impressive space, with an open stage, containing a revolve which has lift mechanisms to raise and lower the performance area, as well a...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are regulars at the National and when a play starts at 7:00 pm the logistics of travel and getting something to eat can get complicated. We booked the House Restaurant right on site this past week and it was outstandingly good. We were able...More

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Thanks, Edward. I was pleased to pass you comments on to the team in House, the National's restaurant. With an early start for 'Angels in America 'we plan our service around getting audiences to the theatre, refreshed and replete especially if they are seeing both...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always wonderful to walk around the bustling area and enjoy the river-side view. Atmosphere inside the theatre complex is just as lively before you go watch a play. All the four plays I saw were incredibly thought-provoking and entertaining. Seats at the Dorfman and Lyttleton...More

Thank Gene C
Management response:

Thank you for the review, Gene, and the 5 star rating. I'm glad you were able to see 4 plays here and enjoy the ambience of the building including the bookshop. We hope we can tempt you back with more thought-provoking and entertaining work for...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Saw Angels in America on the first night and the play was excellent. But this review concerns the National Threatre itself. I saw 9 plays in 9 days in London (yes, I'm a theater junkie from California). Ordering tickets was very simple on its website....More

Thank resipsaloquitur
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Thank you for your thoughtful and detailed review of your experience at the National Theatre, particularly for the appreciative comments about the staff. We aim to make the whole experience enjoyable, not just the performances with a selection of places to eat and drink, as...More

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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
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I just thought I should advise people that this play was not at The National Theatre, it was performed at The Young Vic. The National Theatre produces the live stream videos of lots of shows, but they are not always on stage at The National. It is rather confusing, but do please note that each live stream video shown in your cinemas is from many different theatres. I think it is difficult if you then want to see a play/opera live, as it is not made clear always where the live performances are, particular for visitors to London, who are not familiar with the amazing choice of theatre all round London.
October 27, 2016|
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Response from tiskerman |
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
Hello! I am trying to buy the tickets to the backstage tour from overseas but I was wondering if NT sends us a confirmation email and then we show that to when we get to the ticket area or if I need to pick up the tickets to for the backstage tour somewhere else? Thank you very much in advance for your help!
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.
Hi when is check out? Martin
December 22, 2014|
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Response from Kashvili | Reviewed this property |
Well, I do not think I have ever heard the expression "check out time" used in regards to any theatre! check out is used for hotels !! I think what may be indicated here is that some theatres indicate "curtain down... More