National Theatre

The National Theatre on the Southbank, London

Photo by Peter Brown 2017

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Artistic director: Rufus Norris
Executive Director: Lisa Burger


Dorfman - seats 450
Lyttleton - seats 890
Olivier - seats 1150


Box office: 020 7452 3000


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South Bank
London SE1 9PX

Council: Lambeth

Region: London

Location map for National Theatre


Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District, Northern)
Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern)

Charing Cross



Waterloo Bridge/ South Bank

Day no:
RV1, 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521

Night no:
N1, N68, N76, N171, N343

Access information


To book tickets at the disabled concessionary rate, you will need to be subscribed to the Access List. Find more details on the access page of the theatre's website. Assistance dogs can be taken into the auditoriums. Mention this when booking and you'll be offered an aisle seat. Alternatively, dogs may be left in the care of front-of-house staff. Phone 020 7452 3000 or email in advance of your visit. Relaxed performances available for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment including people with an autistic spectrum condition, sensory or communication disorders, or a learning disability. Much more information available on the theatre's web site.

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Wheelchair access

If you'd like to borrow a wheelchair for access to your theatre seat, phone or email the box office in advance of your visit. Five wheelchair spaces at the back of the Olivier stalls. There's an accessible toilet on the way into the Olivier theatre. There's flat access from the foyer to the back of the Lyttelton Stalls (row V). There is an accessible toilet and phones in the Lyttleton stalls foyer.

Visual assistance

Audio-described performances and touch tours for blind and visually impaired people - check schedule for details.

Hearing assistance

An infra-red audio system is available in all three theatres. Two types of hearing enhancement are available: headsets for people who don't use hearing aids, or neck loops for use with a hearing aid by switching it to the 'T' position. Headsets are essential and should be collected before the performance from the Box Office in whichever theatre you're seeing a show. Captioned performances for deaf, deafened and hard-of-hearing people. FREE synopsis available to all bookers.

Current shows


It's a summer's morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems.

Previews from: Thursday 22 August 2019

Closes: ... no close date announced

Small Island

A company of 40 tells a story which journeys from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 - the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.

Previews from: Wednesday 17 April 2019

Closes: ... no close date announced

Three Sisters

Owerri, 1967, on the brink of the Biafran Civil War. Lolo, Nne Chukwu and Udo are grieving the loss of their father. Months before, two ruthless military coups plunged the country into chaos.

Previews from: Monday 2 December 2019

Closes: Wednesday 19 February 2020

My Brilliant Friend

When the most important person in her life goes missing without a trace, Lenu Greco, now a celebrated author, begins to recall a relationship of more than 60 years.

Previews from: Tuesday 12 November 2019

Closes: Saturday 22 February 2020

Death of England

A family in mourning. A man in crisis. After the death of his dad, Michael is powerless and angry. In a state of heartbreak, he confronts the difficult truths about his father's legacy and the country that shaped him.

Previews from: Friday 31 January 2020

Closes: Saturday 7 March 2020

The Visit

In the town of Slurry, New York, post-war recession has bitten.Claire Zachanassian, improbably beautiful and impenetrably terrifying, returns to her hometown as the world's richest woman.

Previews from: Friday 31 January 2020

Closes: Wednesday 13 May 2020

The Welkin

Rural Suffolk, 1759. As the country waits for Halley's comet, Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder. When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of 12 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she's telling the truth ...

Previews from: Wednesday 15 January 2020

Closes: Saturday 23 May 2020

'Master Harold' ... and the boys

St George's Park Tea Room, Port Elizabeth, 1950. On a long rainy afternoon, employees Sam and Willie practice their steps for the finals of the ballroom dancing championship.

Previews from: Saturday 21 September 2019

Closes: Thursday 17 December 2020


Owen, the prodigal son, returns to rural Donegal from Dublin. With him are two British army officers. Their ambition is to create a map of the area, replacing the Gaelic names with English. It is an administrative act with radical consequences.

Previews from: Tuesday 15 October 2019

Closes: Friday 18 December 2020

Upcoming shows

The Seven Streams of the River Ota

Tracing survivors and their descendants across five decades, this giant theatrical journey through time and space explores the way in which a few kilograms of uranium falling on Japan changed the course of human history.

Previews from: Friday 6 March 2020

Closes: Sunday 22 March 2020

All of Us

Jess has a job she loves, great friends and a sharp sense of humour. So, when the life she has worked hard to build is threatened, she decides to take a stand.

Previews from: Wednesday 18 March 2020

Closes: Saturday 16 May 2020


Energetic and engaging retelling of Shakespeare's most well-known tragedy re-imagined for young audiences.

Previews from: Monday 30 March 2020

Closes: Thursday 9 April 2020


A violent storm sweeps the coast. Diana Stuckley and her daughter are struggling to keep the roof on their run-down manor house, when neighbours and strangers begin to appear on their doorstep, seeking shelter from the floods.

Previews from: Tuesday 7 April 2020

Closes: ... no close date announced

Jack Absolute Flies Again

Staged to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Thea Sharrock (After The Dance) directs a riotous new comedy based on Sheridan's The Rivals, co-written by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris.

Previews from: Wednesday 15 April 2020

Closes: ... no close date announced

Sea Sick

Following a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival and a Canadian tour, the Theatre Centre's critically acclaimed production about the state of the global ocean, written and performed by Alanna Mitchell, comes to the National Theatre.

Previews from: Wednesday 22 April 2020

Closes: Thursday 7 May 2020

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