Royal National Theatre
Royal National Theatre is home of the National Theatre Company.
The Royal National Theatre, commonly referred to as just the National Theatre, was opened in 1976 as the new home of the publicly funded National Theatre Company. They were previously based in the Old Vic Theatre from their beginnings in 1963.
The theatre is of modern concrete architecture and houses 3 separate auditoriums. The main auditorium is the Olivier Theatre which is named after Laurence Olivier, the first artistic director for the theatre. It features an open stage from which seating for 1160 spectators fans out. The Lyttelton Theatre features a proscenium arch design which seats up to 890 guests. And finally the Cottesloe Theatre is a smaller studio space which holds up to 400 depending on the configuration. On the riverside there is a courtyard that is used for outdoor performances during the summer.
The theatre's foyers and terraces are open to the public and feature restaurants, bars, exhibition space and a theatrical bookshop. Tours of the backstage are available throughout the day and live music is played in the foyer at 5:45pm and prior to performances. There is no cost for this.
The National Theatre is open to the public from 9:30am to 11pm on Monday thru Saturday and from noon until 6pm. On holidays it is usually open at 4pm.
For more information about the Royal National Theatre as well as shows and schedules visit their official website: National Theatre
|Getting There on Transit|
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|Northern, Bakerloo and Jubilee Lines||Waterloo Station||3 minutes|
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Walking Distance from Tube Station. No bus needed.