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The National Theatre

Set within an icon of Brutalist architecture - discover why National Theatre is a world-leading performance venue.

 

The National Theatre is an internationally-renowned arts centre with three auditoriums presenting new writing, classics, comedies and musicals. Responsible for smash-hits such as War Horse and One Man, Two Guvnors, the venue presents over 20 productions every year.

NT is committed to nurturing new talent, from writers and directors to creative artists and performers - with much of this work carried out at the NT Studio. Thanks to the Clore Learning Centre, the venue also acts as an educational hub managing a range of learning programmes.

In addition to the innovative productions, enjoy backstage tours, free exhibitions and a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars.

did you know?

  • The roof of the National Theatre is home to approximately 60,000 bees; they keep bee hives to promote the declining bee population and sell the honey in the National Theatre shop.
  • The Royal National Theatre was founded at the site of The Old Vic in 1963 until it found its permanent home on the South Bank in 1976.
  • Sir Denis Lasdun is the architect behind one of the countries most celebrated brutalist buildings.
  • Sir Laurence Olivier was the theatre's first Artistic Director in 1963.
  • It's completely free to access the Sherling High-Level Walkway, which offers visitors views into The National Theatres busy backstage area.The walkway is high above the production workshops for set construction and assembly, scenic painting and prop-making.

where
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the national theatre

Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX 

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