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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National Theatre

South Bank
+44 (0)20 7452 3000
Public transport:
Tube: Embankment/Waterloo Train: Waterloo


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

For comprehensive independently assessed accessible information for National Theatre, please see the DisabledGo website

Yelp Reviews

4.5 out of 5 based on 84 reviews

Top 5 reviews of National Theatre

5.0 out of 5 9 October 2016
by Megan S.

Could easily be my favourite theatre in London. I got seriously attached to the place when it was showing The History Boys about a decade ago - I loved it so much I came several times and queued for day tickets for the final show, which meant getting there at about 5am (and, er, skipping school to do so - literally the only time I ever did that #rebel)

Because of this, the NT feels incredibly...more

5.0 out of 5 6 July 2016
by Lee P.

We LOVE the National Theatre! Our group of forty from Arizona enjoyed a private tour of this wondrous facility! We learned of the history and founding of this treasure in London! We viewed all three theatres in differing stages of making ready for performances! It would seem there is not a bad seat in any of the three! We then ventured backstage to view all of the inner workings, then upstairs...more

5.0 out of 5 17 June 2016
by Bianca W.

The National is definitely one of my favourite theatres, it's absolutely brilliant.

There are three auditoriums in this rather clunky, 60s style building. The Olivier is the largest and there isn't a bad seat to be found. The auditorium is fan-shaped, spreading around the circular, rotating stage. Stage design is always fantastic and appropriate for the show, I've seen over ten plays here...more

5.0 out of 5 10 May 2016
by Henri R.

I love this theatre. From it's Travelex season that does amazing tickets for amazing prices.

They do traditional plays as well as fringe plays. They have cafes, restaurants, free music performances in the summer.

It was built in the 1960's so the architecture is not the best looking, however it is part of the London view.

The shop has sooooo many plays. You can get lost in the shop for...more

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

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