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National Theatre

South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 9PX, England
+44 20 7452 3000
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This is a theatre that everyone can enjoy, from the classics and spectacular musicals to new plays and special events for the entire family.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good18%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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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 21 June 2015

This four theatre complex never ceases to impress. Because of their rep. style, you can see 5 or 6 shows in 4 days and you will likely be blown away. There are also several eating options and a terrific new bar area The Understudy so...More

Thank Ed T
Reviewed 7 June 2015

Confession time: I've been a regular here since the early '80's.... Not mad keen on the bars and restaurants here - they're ok, but I think you are better off going to one of the ones round the corner near the Royal Festival Hall (or,...More

Thank Sam N
Reviewed 6 June 2015

the National Theatre puts on splendid BIG productions immaculately and my wife and I go there often - made easier by corporate sponsorship holding ticket prices often to only £15 each. even odd things are enjoyable and much of what is done is core theatre...More

1  Thank Rufus B
Reviewed 3 June 2015

Wasn't able to catch a production this trip but I did the backstage tour for the first time. It is well worth the time. This place is a gem and a treasure. Going back in July see at least one play.

1  Thank kikiwhite69
Reviewed 1 June 2015 via mobile

I would highly recommend the backstage tours which can be booked at certain times. Very knowledgeable and informative theatre staff take the tour. Interesting to see the auditoria when empty and in one case from the stage perspective. Mind-boggling how sets can be switched around...More

1  Thank MPriaulx
Reviewed 24 May 2015

I love the National - have been there a few times, and this month there is a new play by Caryl Churchill. The theatres at the National are all very good, though I recommend the Lyttleton as its a little more intimate. The top-floor has...More

Thank Anja K
Reviewed 24 May 2015 via mobile

Visited for a preview performance of Farquar's Beaux Stratagem in The Olivier. A very amusing play, well performed, as usual. The theatre is fantastic. We love going there. There are no bad or restricted view seats. The whole area is buzzing, and the walk back...More

Thank Alan F
Reviewed 24 May 2015

This is a beautiful theater with a perfect rake. All theaters should have rakes like this - the theater is huge is but I believe that sight lines are great all around. The theater has ample and clean bathrooms - we saw a preview performance...More

Thank Traveling_a_lot4fun
Reviewed 24 May 2015

Caryl Churchill's poor so called Civil war play smacked of agit prop and 1976 production standards of a lack of theatricality and amateurism. Lectures are not theatre, though the Putney Debates dialogue was interesting. On another front the experience was poor: the new cafeteria still...More

Thank john c
Reviewed 20 May 2015

We went to see Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at the Lyttleton. The theatre is great -- good views from everywhere, comfortable seats and not too hot. The National Theatre is a brutalist concrete building but it works and there are some very pleasant spaces inside....More

Thank Vermy100
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
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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.
27 October 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!
5 July 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
22 December 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