The National Theatre

Theatre Venues South Bank
Tel: 0207452 3000

The National Theatre
(comprising Olivier, Lyttelton and Cottesloe Theatres)

The Royal National Theatre

Type of performances
The aims of the National, under the direction of Nicholas Hytner, are to present a diverse repertoire, embracing classic, new and neglected plays; to present these plays to the very highest standards; and to give audiences a wide choice. The National Theatre offer all kinds of other events, including early evening performances; free live entertainment both indoors and outdoors; free exhibitions and foyer music; backstage tours; bookshops, and plenty of places to eat and drink.

Seating capacity
Olivier: 1100
Lyttleton: 900
Cottesloe: up to 350.

Originally opened in 1963 at the Old Vic under the direction of Laurence Olivier; moved to the South Bank in 1976.

Hiring Information

Annual Seasons
Open 52 weeks a year

Booking details
Box Office
Tel: 0207452 3000
Fax: 020 7452 3030
Book online at

Free e-membership is available when you sign up from the website, or a paid membership scheme is available from the box office.

National Theatre
South Bank

Tube: Waterloo, or cross the river from Charing Cross or Embankment.

Numerous bus routes.

British Rail: Waterloo.
Local Parking information: Ticketed car park below the National.

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