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National Theatre Review

When this theater, designed by Sir Denys Lasdun, opened in 1976 Londoners weren't all so keen on the low-slung, multilayered Brutalist block. Prince Charles described the building as "a clever way of building a nuclear power station in the middle of London without anyone objecting." But whatever its merits or demerits as a feature on the landscape, the National Theatre's interior spaces are definitely worth a tour. Interspersed with the three theaters—the 1,150-seat Olivier, the 890-seat Lyttelton, and the revamped 400-seat Dorfman (formerly the Cottesloe)—is a multilayered foyer with exhibitions, bars, and restaurants, and free entertainment. Musicals, classics, and new plays are all performed by top-flight professionals. Some shows offer £12 ticket deals.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Belvedere Rd., South Bank, London, SE1 9PX | Map It
  • Phone: 020/7452–3000 box office; 020/7452–3400 information
  • Cost: Tour £8.50
  • Hours: Foyer Mon.–Sat. 9:30 am–11 pm, selected Sun. noon–6 pm; 75-min tour backstage, times vary
  • Website:
  • Tube: Waterloo.
  • Location: The South Bank
Updated: 02-27-2014

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