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“A must for those who like drama”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of National Theatre

National Theatre
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$50.83*
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Ranked #74 of 1,595 things to do in London
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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: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
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“A must for those who like drama”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

We've been coming to the National for many years and our latest visit was to see the political drama This House. The range of productions is very ecletic - there's something for everyone - and the quality of the productions is always excellent. This one managed to turn the Olivier into the House of Commons, complete with government and opposition benches, Speaker's Chair and even Big Ben. The costumes were authentically 1970s and ghastly - beige slacks, kipper ties and some horrendous checked jackets! A very funny play, well acted and with lots of lessons for today's coalition government. Another advantage of the National is the lower ticket prices than the commercial West End theatre (thanks to the subsidy). There are plenty of bars and cafes and a reasonable restaurant open pre and post theatre and all round this is a great evening.

Visited March 2013
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“Oversized venue”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

Extremely large venue, make sure youre sitting close and you visit a well worth it play. Went to see Brecht's Mother Courage and it was like watching an outdated, plotless play on a pocket tv. I'm sure it is what you make it so just be sure you will enjoy the play and sit as close to the stage as possible!

Visited June 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Lots of plays and other things”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

The architecure is brutal and somewhat cold , but the plays are usually top class with stage sets that are remarkable. The cafes and restaurants are somewhat diaappointing but there are plenty of other eateries near by. Look out for cheap ticket offers both on the day of the performance and in advance

Visited February 2013
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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“a must for theatre lovers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

If you are a lover of theatre or just curious, wondering how do they do that, a backstage tour at The National is a must. The tour takes you into the various auditoriums as available and around the back stage areas and on to the stages. where the sheer scale and the complexity of mounting world renowned productions becomes obvious,- from huge hydrolic lifts and revolving stages to the detail of set and prop design. Although the workshops are currently off site there is still much to see and learn. If possible follow up the tour with seeing a show in one of the theatres afterwards- you will be much more appreciative of the work of those who are unseen. And of course you can always dine out on the fact that you have stood on the same stage as the great people of the theatre!

Visited March 2013
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“Good play”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

The atmosphere of this theatre is wonderful. We felt the prices were quite high in terms of the lack of concessions offered for students, unless walk ups. The location was also not too ideal if you are staying in the west end and the eating facilities not great in terms of price and quality.

However most importantly the play This House was just brilliant and an excellent introduction for our group into contemporary British theatre.

Visited March 2013
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