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National Theatre

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Sound Amplification:

Sennheisher Infrared


Mens and Womens throughout. Nine accessible toilets including in Understudy Bar.

Guide Dogs Policy:

Access dogs are allowed inside the auditorium. Staff can also dog-sit, returning them to the owner during the interval and at the end of the performance.


Spaces available in Stalls: 5 situated in Olivier, 4 situated in Lyttelton, 2 situated in Dorfman.

Access from Street to Foyer:

Level access

Access From Theatre Foyer To Seat:

1 step to back of Olivier. 0 steps to back of Lyttelton and Dorfman. All have steps leading down towards the front.

Level Access:

Lyttelton & Dorfman

Stairs/Lift/Ramp Available:



Contact the venue:

020 7452 3000

Your Visit

Security Information:

Security note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Please contact the venue for more information.


6 licensed bars throughout the building; "The Understudy" (craft beer pub) and "Espresso Bar" (coffees and cakes) on the ground floor. Some bars' opening hours dependent on matinee performances times. For more information, please visit website.

Air Conditioned:


Accepts Theatre Tokens:



The National Theatre is one of the United Kingdom’s foremost publicly funded performing arts venues, internationally known as the National Theatre of Great Britain.

Founded in 1963, the National Theatre company was initially based at The Old Vic Theatre in Waterloo, before its main building was opened in 1976. The building is located next to the Thames in the South Bank area of central London.

Inside its current uber-cool exterior are, in fact, three different theatres: The Olivier (named after Sir Lawrence Olivier, the National Theatre’s first artistic director and one of the theatre’s founding fathers), The Lyttelton, and The Dorfman. Each auditorium can run up to three shows in repertoire, meaning the National can be hosting a large number of shows at any one point, anything up to 20 productions each year.

The National Theatre has produced mega hits such as The History Boys, War Horse, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, People, Places And Things, and One Man, Two Guvnors. Many of these productions continue to tour the country and globe.

In June 2009, the National Theatre began its NT Live programme; this now broadcasts the best of British Theatre to over 2,000 venues in 60 countries around the world.

A multi-functional building, the National is not just a theatre though – it’s also home to restaurants, bars, work-spaces and a unique theatre bookshop. Be sure to give yourself time before a show to buy a drink from the Understudy Bar, sit with the crowds on the banks of the Thames, and enjoy reading the script of that play you’e fallen in love with.

Due to the current pandemic various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows. Please bear with us as we try to keep this page as up to date as possible. If you find a mistake, please let us know by emailing enquiries@soltukt.co.uk. If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

For more than 40 years, TKTS was our on-the-day theatre ticket box office in Leicester Square. Currently closed due to the current situation, we are now selling our great last minute seats and prices online. Click here to learn more.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.