Olivier Theatre

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1150 capacity
The Olivier Theatre, named after Laurence Olivier, resembles Epidaurus's theatre. It is the largest auditorium at the National Theatre famous for its drum-revolve and intimate seating.

Olivier Theatre location and directions

Olivier Theatre

National Theatre, South Bank, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9PX


Location: National
Railway station: Waterloo
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)
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 Theatre.

About Olivier Theatre

The Olivier Theatre takes its name from the first artistic director of the National Theatre, Laurence Olivier. The auditorium was designed to resemble the theatre at Epidaurus in Greece, with the seating arranged in a fan-like fashion around a circular stage.

The Olivier Theatre is the largest of the three auditoriums at the National Theatre, completed by the Lyttelton Theatre and the Dorfman Theatre.

The stage itself is famous for its drum-revolve, effectively enabling the stage to split into two allowing scenic changes to take place underneath the stage and then be rotated into place within seconds.

Olivier Theatre Seating Information

The auditorium has two levels, Stalls and Circle, both of which are steeply raked, offering exceptional views from all seats. The Olivier Theatre still manages to feel rather intimate, guaranteeing a connection with the actors on stage.

Olivier Theatre seating plan

Olivier Theatre seating plan

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