The National Theatre in London, officially known as the Royal National Theatre is, along with the Royal Shakespeare Company, one of the most famous publically funded theatre companies in the UK. Founded between 1963 and 1976, it was designed by Sir Denys Lasdun and Peter Softley and houses three auditoriums – the Olivier Theatre, the Cottesloe Theatre and the Lyttelton Theatre. These three stages were all opened between 1976 and 1977 and have since been host to numerous plays and musicals, some premiering here before moving onto the West End and Broadway such as smash-hit play, War Horse. The theatres first artistic director was Oscar-winning British actor, Sir Laurence Olivier, whom the Olivier Theatre is named after.
Located in London’s South Bank area right next to the River Thames, the National Theatre is near to several tube and rail stations. Waterloo on the Northern, Jubilee and Bakerloo lines and Southwark on the Jubilee line are both very close and you will see the theatre as you exit the station. Also nearby is Embankment tube station on the Northern, Bakerloo, District and Circle lines, which is a short walk over Hungerford Bridge from the theatre.
Here, we outline information on each of the auditoriums in the complex as well as how to purchase discounted and cheap National Theatre London tickets.
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The nearest railway station to the National Theatre is Waterloo or Waterloo East, both almost directly next to the theatre. Charing Cross is also nearby. Again, just walk over the Hungerford Bridge to arrive at the theatre.
To book seats and tickets to any show at one of the National Theatre’s three auditoriums, you can either telephone or email the National Theatre Box Office. Opening hours are from 9.30am until 8pm, Monday to Saturday.
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7 452 3000
Group bookings: +44 (0)20 7 452 3010
Fax: +44 (0)20 7 452 3030