Lyttelton Theatre, National

Lyttelton Theatre, National

South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
Fringe/Off West End

The Lyttelton Theatre takes its name from the first board chairman of the National Theatre, Oliver Lyttelton. It was designed with a traditional proscenium arch, much like the typical theatre seen in the West End. The unique quality of the Lyttelton is that the proscenium arch may be adjusted to create different stage spaces, as well as accommodating an orchestra pit. The space offers exceptional acoustics and sightlines for the audience - there are no restricted view seats. It is the second largest auditorium at the National Theatre.


The auditorium has two levels, Stalls and Circle, both of which are raked, offering exceptional views from all seats. The 890-seat theatre is smaller than most West End houses, and offers a very intimate theatrical experience.

Of note, the first four rows in the Stalls do not have arm rests, are slightly narrower seats and are not raked.

Travel Info
Nearest tube: 
Tube lines: 
Waterloo & City, Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee
Railway station: 
Bus numbers: 
(Waterloo Road) 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, RV1, X68
Night bus numbers: 
(Waterloo Road) 139, 176, 188, 243, 341, N1, N68, N76, N171, N343
Car park: 
National Theatre, Upper Ground (1min)
Within congestion zone?: 
Directions from tube: 
(10mins) Follow signs for exits to the South Bank. This should lead you to an underground pedestrian passage called ‘Sutton Walk’ that emerges at the South Bank. Turn right and walk along the river Thames until you see the National Theat
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