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National Theatre

South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 9PX, England
+44 20 7452 3000
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This is a theatre that everyone can enjoy, from the classics and spectacular musicals to new plays and special events for the entire family.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good18%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 9PX, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My Official view interesting My real view totally confused. My wife thought it was brilliant so who am I to disagree? But beware NO interval so don’t drink before!!!! One good thing we had a seat in the circle but on the side so could...More

Thank Derrick S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I regularly see plays and just hang out at the National Theatre. There’s a huge variety of shows - often including some of the best in London. There are 3 theatres. Generally speaking, the Olivier is for the biggest shows on its enormous stage, the...More

Thank TravelAndTheatre
Reviewed 3 days ago

I saw Pinocchio the musical and I thought it was just amazing. I loved the way they did the puppets, the effects and the movements of the puppets and Monstro the whale. The setting was amazing. The actors were brilliant and so were their characters....More

Thank Anja G
Reviewed 6 days ago

Until yesterday I would have rated the National as five stars. We have been members and attended so many productions over the years we have lost count. As with all live theatre, some you win, some you lose, and on balance I would always have...More

Thank Lawtonguy
alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

I’m very sorry you felt we let you down earlier this week. We share your disappointment along with other audience members that this early performance of Pinocchio wasn’t able to go ahead as scheduled. During the preview period work continues in the day to hone...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Watched the production of St George and thoroughly enjoyed it. The Oliver stage is immense and as always the set design was superb. We had £15 travelex seats and had a great view. Although the building may not be to the visual tastes of everyone...More

Thank Zapstar67
alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for posting your review of your visit to the National Theatre : I'm pleased to read you enjoyed your experience here, from the staff to the show. St George and the Dragon ended its run recently in the Olivier Theatre as part of...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a back stage tour with seven friends yesterday which we all thought was excellent. Our tour guide Jess's knowledge and history of the theatre was first class. Made really enjoyable by the fun way she told us about everything.More

Thank carolcorti
alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review of the NT Backstage Tour which I was pleased to pass on to Jess, your tour guide. Delighted to read this was a good day out activity for you and your friends - do come back again and see how...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This building looks more like a multi story car park than it does a Theatre. Inside is just the same, concrete. Add to that performance of Follies, of which I had to leave with about an hour to go. Luvvies were clapping and cheering and...More

Thank Terry W
alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Denys Lasdun's National Theatre was designed in the 1960's and opened in the 70's and yes, shares some features with other buildings of the period, including car parks. It is acknowledged as a key work of British Modernism, and was awarded English Heritage listed status...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited the National’s various stages and benefited from great productions over the years, but we do not always spend time in the main foyer areas, where there are often a variety of displays, a good shop and various catering options. It was particularly...More

Thank bsandrs
alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your appreciative comments about the show and NT experience - the foyers host free exhibitions, currently the Lindbury Prize for emerging stage designers, and there is usually a good pre-show 'buzz' as the audience gathers. If you can't get to visit the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were here to see Follies, a brilliant production. It is always a joy to visit the National Theatre, it is a stunning example of brutalist architecture. As a theatre it functions really well, good circulating spaces, good views and acoustics and very comfortable seats....More

Thank JonVanner
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Saw the Follies at the VUE Cinema in Camberley when it was transmitted live. What a terrible experience. It brings home everything that is awful about the US. Just a bad noise!

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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
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13 July 2017|
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Response from sdee101 | Reviewed this property |
If you go a short walk to Waterloo station there is a black cab (taxi) rank there or you can order an uber or mini cab
27 October 2016|
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Response from tiskerman |
I was referring to the production of Streetcar Named Desire, with Gillian Anderson playing Blanche Dubois. Someone sent a note to Trip Advisor extolling the virtues of this National Theatre production, having seen the live... More
5 July 2016|
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Response from Rampit | Reviewed this property |
Hi I havne't done the backstage tour, but with other bookings you get a confirmation email and depending on how you asked for the tickets they either send them to you or you collect them from the box office.