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National Theatre

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Address: South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 9PX, England
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+44 20 7452 3000
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

This is a theatre that everyone can enjoy, from the classics and...

This is a theatre that everyone can enjoy, from the classics and spectacular musicals to new plays and special events for the entire family.

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Book well ahead for 15gbp front row seats!

I've wanted to come here since I saw an NTLive screening of Benedict Cumberbatch's Frankenstein (years ago, from the other side of the world) - and after that I signed up for NT... read more

Reviewed 5 May 2015
Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 5 May 2015

I've wanted to come here since I saw an NTLive screening of Benedict Cumberbatch's Frankenstein (years ago, from the other side of the world) - and after that I signed up for NT emails, so I get notified when booking for actual NT performances opens, and was able to get a 15gbp front row seat for Treasure Island. The play... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 May 2015 via mobile

Excellent adaption from the book. Good acting. Excellent production and set design. Comfy seats and good view even from rear stalls. Parking £8 from 5pm. £15 tickets 👍

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Reviewed 26 April 2015 via mobile

Been here a few times lately. Lines of sight, even for cheap seats, seem very good. Good theatre, good building, and (unlike other places) no need to take out an additional mortgage for a coffee.

Thank SimonBristol2012
Brookmans Park, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2015

The ultimate in great theatrical productions. You may not always like the play, but the acting is always superb. It is, without doubt, the very best that London theatre has to offer, and with tickets at £15.00 if you're quick off the mark, unbeatable value. Lots of bars and restaurants too. Attractive bookshop - but expensive.

Thank Robbie C
Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 April 2015

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire: plot and political relevance National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris describes his revival of Caryl Churchill's Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, opening just before the General Election, as a 'timely reminder as we go to the polls of the power of personal choice'. Written in 1976 and set in the 1640s, this is a play with great... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 April 2015

Called at the cafe called the kitchen at the bottom of the building ,is a bit tired but plenty of wicker baskets about to look like a bakery quite basic really average prices

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Dunwoody, Georgia, United States
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Reviewed 17 April 2015

I am not really a person who see many plays but seeing Treasure Island at National Theater in the Olivier theater was excellent. The set alone was mesmerizing and the view of London from the balcony of the theater after the show was amazing

Thank Stephanie H
Billericay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 April 2015

My daughter and I did a backstage tour on Wednesday 8th April. The cost was £9 each. Our guide was Lisa who was knowledgable, entertaining and enthusiastic host. It gave us a fascinating incite into the workings of a theatre and visiting each of the stages showed us how completely different they are. Would recommend it to everyone.

Thank BillBabe
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 April 2015

Treasure Island is a amazing production they have very good characters and you can understand the story by the way there acting. It is a big theatre so you can get great view from wherever you are.

Thank Felixmonster
Lake Forest, Illinois, United States
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Reviewed 6 April 2015

The Royal National Theatre on the South Bank offers free backstage tours multiple times daily. It's a great way to gain more insight into how they produce so many shows simultaneously. The tour guides are great, very humorous and passionate about the National Theatre.

Thank Michael B

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Big time attractions such as the London Eye and a thriving theatre scene (compliments of the National Theatre and the Young Vic) are but a few of the reasons that Southbank is such a collectively cherished part of town. With plenty of family friendly activities and venues lined up along a pedestrianized river bank between Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge, visitors can always expect a casual and festive atmosphere. On top of all the fun stuff to do at Southbank is the opportunity to simply sit back and admire photo-op views of iconic landmarks like Parliament and St Paul's Cathedral, just on across the Thames.
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