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“The Magistrate minus 3 main actors”
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National Theatre
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This is a theatre that everyone can enjoy, from the classics and spectacular musicals to new plays and special events for the entire family.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed January 5, 2013

As always the Olivier theatre is an excellent venue, plenty of leg room and lots of bars,restaurants etc to use before or after the show. As I am starting with the positives I will add the set design is excellent. However this turgid, slow farce perhaps could have been saved by John Lithgow in the lead but the understudy was not able to carry the lead role. Two other main actors were also not present making the whole experience rather flat and disappointing. When we arrived to find out the 3 actors were being replaced we asked to change our tickets but we were refused. I feel the £153 I paid for 4 tickets was not justified and we should have been given a discount.

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Reviewed January 4, 2013

The great thing about the National Theatre (NT) is that there's typically actually something there for everyone at any given time. Really a collection of three theatres, productions are staged in rep meaning that in a single week you likely have three or more selections to chose from. Content ranges from classics (Shakespeare, Coward, Shaw), contemporary British writers (Bennett), international fare and innovative work from fresh, new authors. The casts are much the same - from young actors just starting out to famous faces like Helen Mirren and Judi Dench to theatre veterns like Simon Russell Beale and British television favorites like James Corden - the talent here is vast and ever-present.

The NT sits on the south bank like a large concrete vault but don't let it's lack of "traditional" exterior charm persuade you not to investigate its offerings. Some of London's best theatrical productions of the last two decades have originated from this building and can often be seen for very little money thanks to the Travelex twelve pound ticket scheme. In addition to traditional stage productions, free music and entertainment is often offered in the plaza and the NT also hosts a series of platform discussions on a range of topics. Its director was also just voted one of the most influential and important people in theatre (The Stage's 100 List) making right now an especially good time to pay a visit.

They also have quite a good little shop. We love a little shop.

Thank domer2007
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

In the Lyttleton -Brilliant tale about a run down estate and the children running riot. The 1927 Theatre company were amazing just 3 actors, spellbinding animation and a simple plot which enthralled the whole audience. It was wonderful to see so many children there taking it all in. The music was good and catchy and it was a real treat. Not something I would have given a second glance but I was taken by my daughter and her choice spot on. Far better than a pantomime not too childish or too adult, humour and the inevitable hard done by character who accepts his lot. I hope this is not the last thing I see by this company and I'm certain I'll be back at the National soon.

Thank Aileen F
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Having taken a tour of the National a few years ago I always wanted to see a production in the Olivier Theatre. Went to see the magistrate and we were not disappointed - the whole experience was excellent from the comfort of the theatre (so much space compared to the Victorian theatres in the West End) , quality of the acting and amazing sets. Children's seats are discounted upto 18 years which makes a big difference when doing London on a budget

Thank deniharv
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

a farcical romp set in Victorian society where a little lie leads into a twisting plot full of laughs and delight

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