The Cottesloe Theatre was named after Lord Cottesloe who was chairman of the South Bank theatre board, and it is the smallest of three auditoriums inside the National Theatre complex. The theatre is located next to the Thames River in the London borough of Lambeth in South Bank and was designed by Iain Mackintosh. It is a small, adaptable studio which holds up to 400 people. Cottesloe opened in 1977.
Cottesloe has showed several popular plays since opening, including Humble Boy, inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, where it was first performed in 2001.Another notable production is The Seafarer, a 2006 play set in Dublin.
To book seats to a show at the Cottesloe Theatre, you can either telephone or email the National Theatre Box Office. Opening hours are from 9.30am until 8pm, Monday to Saturday.
Cottesloe Theatre is within the National Theatre at South Bank by the River Thames, with the nearest tube station to the venue being Waterloo. Waterloo is on the Jubilee, Bakerloo and Northern lines and is also a major main line railway station.
The auditorium in Cottesloe Theatre has a relatively small seating capacity of 300 to 400 people on three levels – Ground Level, Level 1 and Level 2. If you have seen a play at the Cottesloe and had a great (or a not so great!) seat, then please share your comments in the box below.