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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
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South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 9PX, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After an excellent pre-show dinner in one of the restaurants in the complex, we made our way into the Olivier Theatre for a performance of 'FOLLIES' The scale of this auditorium is breathtaking - this huge amphitheater has excellent sightlines and comfortable seating with good...More

1  Thank Eric H
alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your appreciative comments about your recent visit. Dominic Cooke's production has returned to Sondheim's original intentions, and so we play without a break to support the storytelling. The Olivier accommodates Vicki Mortimer's inventive set, as well as 21 strong band and, of...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

State of the art and "arts"! This theatre is one of the very best and has consistently good shows. Easy to get to has a great selection of dining both inside the NT and nearby.More

Thank 7BruceC
alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you - I'm glad you have enjoyed your recent visits, both the performances and the range of eating options. If you were here during the Summer you'll have seen our outlets on the river walk way and we run 3 restaurants all year round...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Expensive and plain meal at Terrace restaurant (tiramisu and coffee was the only good part) before seeing George and the Dragon which was pretty poor. Acoustics not great, acting very average. Obviously most people knew this as very low turnout in the audience.More

Thank Michelle M
alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for posting your review and I am sorry to read that both the food and the theatre offer were disappointing. With around 25 productions a year, from Classics to new works - or, in the case of St George a retelling of mid-20th...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Very very disappointing. This is not up to the National Theatre standards. Very poor acting. We were in the circle and could barely hear the dialogue. Projection of voice did not appear to be advised or even expected or taught. The play could definitely have...More

Thank MChristine72
alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. I was sorry to read that your visit fell somewhat short of your expectations on a couple of counts. I've forwarded your comments to our voice team who I know will share your disappointment as they work with our acting...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been lucky enough to see both a preview and last Saturday’s performance. Stunning production with stellar cast. The stage set is simple breathtaking. The show is being streamed live in cinemas 15 November. You won’t regret it!More

Thank kateharmond
alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Delighted to read that you enjoyed Follies and got to see it twice. As well as the Encore screening you can also catch other NT Live broadcasts, at cinemas and other venues, of both shows from the South Bank and our partners. We're looking forward...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The setting for this Sondheim musical classic is New York City in 1971. Various performers who have appeared in "The Follies" over the years have gathered for "a first and final reunion" at a theatre which is about to be demolished. Three couples who knew...More

Thank George S
alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your 5 start review of our production of Follies, George. It will play here at the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre until Jan 3rd. There will also be opportunity to catch broadcasts as part of NT Live to cinemas worldwide, as...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The National’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s “The Follies” is outstanding. If you can’t get a seat to view at the National Theatre watch it live in the cinema on Nov 13th 2017. A superb cast and an imaginative production not to be missed.More

Thank Gee M
alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for the 5 star review - delighted that you enjoyed Follies in the Olivier Theatre. The NT Live Broadcast went out on 16 November and there will be Encore broadcasts - check the NT Live website for dates and venues. I hope you'll...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Jess was an amazing, knowledgeable tour guide, who gave the tour a special feeling. We learned a lot and she was great with the kid in our group too. Did a good job of making us want to return for another tour or to see...More

Thank Daniel W
alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you Daniel for your review of your Tour with Jess. I hope you will book for a show in the near future AND come on a tour again as there's always something different to see as we'll be working on a couple of new...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The backstage tour through the National Theatre is a must for any true theatre lover and it's interesting both for those who have never been much further than the auditorium as well as those who work in the arts industry. Great for kids, too! It...More

1  Thank Dace A
alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your positive comments about your tour which I was pleased to pass on to Jess. We aim to satisfy both the seasoned theatre-goer and industry professionals as well as opening up the behind the scenes world to younger visitors as well as...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent sight line from stalls J23. The rake is excellent so even with someone tall in front (I'm 5' 3") the view is unobstructed. There is sufficient leg room to sit but a couple of larger women chose to move to the aisle to let...More

Thank Jeanette M
alison R, Manager at National Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Jeannette - you're right to point out that there are other outlets here as well as the Espresso Bar and all offer the 'very good' coffee by our supplier Mozzo. Next time, you may like to check out Kitchen or the Dorfman foyer....More

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Bridge, visitors can always expect a casual and
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Marvin881
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
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tiskerman
27 October 2016|
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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
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lightwithin7
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.
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