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.