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


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

4.5 out of 5 based on 80 reviews

Top 5 reviews of National Theatre

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 March 2016
by Ashka K.

I managed recently catch Enter digital exhibition in there. Albeit being much smaller than expected it was excellently executed. 360 VR music video watched on the loo was an experience on its own.more

4.0 out of 5 9 January 2016
by Richard B.

I love the national theatre! The Theatres within it are gorgeous and huge, and you can almost always get a good view of everything. There are some fantastic shows at all times of the year, so do catch a play if you can. I love the shop as well,

as it's filled with quirky gifts and SO MANY PLAYS. You'll be dumbstruck at how much you can spend on DVDs and scripts, but really, just wow.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

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

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