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Address: South bank,London, SE1 9PX
(south side of Waterloo Bridge)
Tube: Waterloo
Tel: 020 7452 3000
Capacity Olivier(1,160); Lyttelton(890); The Shed (225)
Air Conditioning: Yes!
Wheelchair Access: Yes!
Sound Amplification: Infra-red
Olivier Seating Plan / Lyttelton Seating Plan


The National Theatre was designed by Denys Lasdun and opened by the Queen in 1976. It has three theatres, The Olivier, The Lyttelton, and the small Cottesloe*. Shows are usually in repertoire. The National also hosts several Platform performances where discussions take place with various people in the industry.

The National complex has several cafes/bars, restaurant, and a bookshop. Before a show there are free live acts in the Olivier foyer, as well as several free exhibitions. Back Stage Tours are also available most days.

*(from February 2013, the Cottesloe Theatre will be refurbished as part of the NT Future transformation project, re-opening in spring 2014 as the Dorfman Theatre with improved facilities. From April 2013 the NT will open The Shed: a temporary performance space at the front of the building. "Celebrating new theatre that is adventurous, ambitious and challenging", the programme will feature a mix of emerging and established artists, visitors from around the world and a range of unexpected collaborations.)

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