National Theatre


The National Theatre has four auditoriums, the Olivier, Lyttelton, Dorfman and Temporary Theatre. It has a reputation for producing theatre of the highest standards and presents an unrivalled range of classics and new plays, plus entertainment for all the family. The theatre also offers a selection of bars and restaurants, a bookshop, exhibitions, backstage tours, platform performances, riverside terraces, and parking. The Clore Learning Centre is a new dedicated space for Learning at the National Theatre. Offering events and courses for all ages, exploring theatre-making from playwriting to technical skills, often led by the NT’s own artists and staff.

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Venue Details & Map

National Theatre

South Bank
+44 (0)20 7452 3000
Public transport:
Tube: Embankment/Waterloo Train: Waterloo
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Accessible Bathroom Facilities
Designated wheelchair accessible public toilet
Some toilets with handrails
Accessible Venue Facilities
Level access, ramp or lift to dining area
Level access, ramp or lift to restaurant or cafe
Level access, ramp or lift to the bar
Level access, ramp or lift to the lounge
Level access, ramp or lift to the shop
Accessible Communication Facilities
Audible alarm system
Clear signage (colour contrast, large letters or pictograms)
Hearing loop system
Information available in audio format
Information available in braille
Information available in large print
Accessible Venue Facilities
Assistance dogs welcome
Emergency evacuation procedures for guests with disabilities
Special dietary requirements catered for
Staff available to assist
Staff disability awareness trained
Wheelchairs available free of charge
Access into the Building
Automatic doors
Flat routes from parking area to entrance
Full, non-assisted wheelchair access
Ramps with handrails to entrance
Additional Accessible Facilities
Accessible baby changing rooms
Level access, ramp or lift from entrance to reception
Level access, ramp or lift to information point
Level access, ramp or lift to ticket issuing point
Accessible Parking Facilities
Blue badge parking available
Public car park available within two hundred metres of main entrance
Access Inside Building Facilities
Accessible lift
All routes suitable for limited mobility users
All routes suitable for pushchairs or prams
Effective lighting throughout for visually impaired users
Lift buttons with raised numbers or letters
Ramps within building
Some routes suitable for wheelchair users
Some routes with tactile features for visually impaired users
Steps within building
Attraction Facilities
Gift shop
Public toilets
Booking Facilities
Group bookings accepted
Event Facilities
Breakout Rooms
Event facilities
Civil Partnership licence held
Wedding service
General Facilities
Internet access
On-site coach parking
On site parking
Good views
Wi-Fi access
Payment Facilities
Credit cards accepted
Debit cards accepted
Group rates available

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Yelp Reviews

4 out of 5 based on 76 reviews

Top 5 reviews of National Theatre

4.0 out of 5 3 October 2015
by Chris T.

A great Theatre where we went to see Chiwetel Ejiofor in Everyman which was a great show!

The Olivier Theatre was spacious and very modern, the seats were comfortable and we had a great view of the whole stage from row b in the circle. We loved the whole building which is quite ugly from the outside but its like a tardis in the inside its huge!

There are many bars to relax before the show...more

5.0 out of 5 17 September 2015
by Robert W.

I used to hate the look of this place both on the outside and the inside. I now think is brutalst architecture at its best and love it!!

The National Theatre was originally a theatrical group founded in 1963 when the company was based at the Old Vic theatre in Waterloo. In 1976 it moved to its present site, which was purpose built for the company. The first of the three theatres to open on...more

5.0 out of 5 29 July 2015
by Matt B.

Places like the National Theatre are why I love living in London. It is located on the South Bank not far from Waterloo, on the outside it looks like a concrete mess but inside there are a number of stages (I can't remember how many there are) so there are a wide range of performances.

My employer is a corporate sponsor so I was lucky to be based there for a team building away day in one of...more

4.0 out of 5 23 April 2015
by Tasmine A.

One of the best, and most well funded, theatres in London.

They ALWAYS have something new on, and pride themselves on providing a range of different performances in one of the three performance spaces. (The Olivier, the Lyttleton and their temporary performance space 'The Shed')

From a mix of classic Ibsen to Stoppard to Caryl Churchill, they have some of the best talent around performing in...more

5.0 out of 5 14 April 2014
by Gina J.

This review is for the tour of the National Theatre.

The backstage tour of the National Theatre was a wonderful experience. Our tour guide showed us the 3 smaller theaters WITHIN the National Theatre, explaining the advantages of each. One catered to a much more smaller, intimate audience while the Olivier theater was definitely for the headlining shows. We also go to go backstage to see...more

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