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National Theatre have stage over 20 productions at our South Bank home each year. The programme is broad and inclusive, appealing to the widest possible audiences with new plays, musicals, re-imagined classics and work for young audiences.

The New Work Department collaborates with hundreds of artists each year to develop work for our stages, exploring a diverse range of progressive new voices and forms, and supporting practitioners through development and training.

The National Theatre want to be as open, as diverse, as collaborative and as national as possible.

Our work is seen on tour throughout the UK and internationally, and in collaborations and co-productions with partners across the country. Some of our shows transfer to the West End and Broadway, and through NT Live we broadcast some of the best of British theatre to over 2,000 venues in 60 countries around the world.

Our extensive Learning programme offers talks, events and workshops for people of all ages in the Clore Learning Centre, and reaches nationwide through programmes such as Connections, our annual festival of new plays for schools and youth theatres.

Every UK school can stream a selection of our productions in class, for free, using On Demand In Schools. Online, there is a rich variety of innovative digital content on all aspects of theatre.

We do all we can to keep ticket prices affordable and to reach a wide audience. We use our public funding to maintain artistic risk-taking, accessibility and diversity. Whether you’ve been to the National many times or are making your first visit, we hope you will be entertained, challenged and inspired.

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Listing Details

  • Address: South Bank, London,SE1 9PX,United Kingdom
  • Phone: Waterloo
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  • Get there by bus: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68
  • Get there by tube/train: The closest tube stations are Waterloo (on the Northern, Bakerloo & Jubilee lines), Southwark (on the Jubilee line) or walk over the Hungerford Bridge from Embankment (on the Northern, Bakerloo, District and Circle lines).
  • Wheelchair access: Yes
  • Additional information: The Lyttelton/Olivier main entrance is at ground, riverside level facing the river. the Cottesloe theatre entrance is some 80m round the corner of the building. In the main building the levels are connected by lifts, including the under ground parking and the upper walkway. Several mezzanine levels are reached by steps, but there are now slow platform stairlifts to bypass these. All three theatres have infrared hearing systems using headsets. Alternatively, for people with a hearing aid T switch necklace type sensors can be provided, giving you your own induction loop. Both system work anywhere in the theatre. Oliver The box office is on a meaaznin, reached via 11 steps up from level 1 or 23 steps down from Level 2. While there are stairlifts, using them is a hassle, and you can arrange to pick up Oliver tickets at the Lyttelton box office on the ground floor. The theatre is an amphitheatre on two levels, linked by the main lifts. Three chair spaces in the rear stalls accessed by lift on Level 2. the bar is also on this level. Accessible toilet outside the rear stalls. Lyttelton Box office and foyer on the ground floor. A tranditional proscenium arch theatre, also on two levels. Level access on the ground floor to rear stalls where there are four chair spaces. Accessible toilet off the foyer, next to the Ladies. to the right of this, there is a lift to circle(level 2), bypassing 22 steps up. Cottesloe Ramped entrance, bypassing 5 steps up, 100m to the left of the Olivier/Lyttleton main entrance. It is alongside the IBM building. Step free to foyer and box office. A small studio-style theatre where a variety of layouts are used. The auditorium has three seating levels. There are steps to both higher and lower seating levels. Adapted toilet on the right inside front entrance. In the Natioanl Theatre, the Mezzanine Restaurant has lift access via the glass lift opposite the Long Bar or is 13 steps down from Level 1 with plat form stairlift. Accessible toilet adjacent to the restaurant. the Terrace Cafe(bistro style) has lift access via the glass lift. the Circle Cafe is between levels 2 and 3 and you would need to use a platform stairlift to bypass the 22 steps up and down to get there. The Lyttelton Long Bar is on the ground floor with level access and sometimes has free entertainment of one kind or another, often prior to evening performances. Backstage tours of the theatre are organised three itimes a day, and we are told that they are step free and accessible.

Opening Times

  • Monday 9.30am − 8pm
  • Tuesday 9.30am − 8pm
  • Wednesday 9.30am − 8pm
  • Thursday 9.30am − 8pm
  • Friday 9.30am − 8pm
  • Saturday 9.30am − 8pm
  • Sunday 12noon − 6pm

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