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Hire this venue for your own event - it has seven function rooms the largest of which can hold a maximum of 400 guests and the smallest is ideal for 12.

Each year the three superb venues in the National Theatre put on a significant proportion of the world's best productions. From intimate character studies in the Dorfman Theatre, to grand spectacles in the Olivier, the National Theatre is the spiritual centre of the British theatrical tradition. Free music in the foyer, experimental outdoor performances on the roof and terraces, backstage tours, bars, restaurants, cafes and remarkable (if controversial) architecture complete the picture of the greatest theatre in the world. The Temporary Theatre, formerly opened as The Shed during the Dorfman's closure for refurbishment, will remain in situ until 2017 and the recently opened Clore Learning Centre offers a new dedicated space for learning at the National, transforming the theatre's approach to education with events and courses for all ages. Exploring all forms of theatre-making, from playwriting to technical skills, the courses will be frequently led by the National's own artists and staff.

 

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Mr Gum And The Dancing Bear - The MusicalMr Gum And The Dancing Bear - The MusicalMr Gum And The Dancing Bear - The MusicalNine-year-old Polly and her misfit chums help a big bear called Padlock to escape from the clutches of villainous Mr Gum in a madcap musical adapted from Andy Stanton and David Tazzyman's award-winning children's books. Singing, dancing and occasional burping make this play, suitable for ages 7 and up, a hilariously anarchic extravaganza for all th23rd August 2019Saturday 31st August 2019 Where:
National Theatre: Dorfman,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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Now On
Mr Gum And The Dancing Bear - The Musical
event  Running until Saturday 31st August 2019
TIMES  25th July to 31st August 2019  PRICING  £15-£45, Jul 25-30 previews £15-£40
Nine-year-old Polly and her misfit chums help a big bear called Padlock to escape from the clutches of villainous Mr Gum in a madcap musical adapted from Andy Stanton and David Tazzyman's award-winning children's books. Singing, dancing and occasional burping make this play, suitable for ages 7 and up, a hilariously anarchic extravaganza for all th... More about this event
 
Faith, Hope And CharityFaith, Hope And CharityAlexander Zeldin directs the conclusion to his trilogy, which began with Beyond Caring and LOVE, which untangles the intertwined hopes and fears of the visitors to a run-down community hall on the edge of town.9th September 2019Saturday 12th October 2019 Where:
National Theatre: Dorfman,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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Faith, Hope And Charity
event  Running from Monday 9th September 2019 until Saturday 12th October 2019
VENUE  National Theatre: Dorfman 
Alexander Zeldin directs the conclusion to his trilogy, which began with Beyond Caring and LOVE, which untangles the intertwined hopes and fears of the visitors to a run-down community hall on the edge of town.
'Master Harold'... and the boys'Master Harold'... and the boys'Master Harold'... and the boysA semi-autobiographical play by Tony Award-winning playwright Athol Fugard, 'Master Harold'... and the boys comes to the National Theatre this September. Set in 1950s apartheid South Africa, the play tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Sam and Willie and Master Harold. On a long rainy afternoon in St George's Park Tea Room, Port Eliza21st September 2019Saturday 26th October 2019 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
Category: event
On Soon
'Master Harold'... and the boys
event  Running from Saturday 21st September 2019 until Saturday 26th October 2019
TIMES  21st September to 26th October 2019  PRICING  £15-£89
A semi-autobiographical play by Tony Award-winning playwright Athol Fugard, 'Master Harold'... and the boys comes to the National Theatre this September. Set in 1950s apartheid South Africa, the play tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Sam and Willie and Master Harold. On a long rainy afternoon in St George's Park Tea Room, Port Eliza... More about this event
 
In Conversation: Creating and Performing Peter GyntIn Conversation: Creating and Performing Peter GyntLiterary & Education, Talk.1st October 2019Tuesday 1st October 2019 Where:
National Theatre,   South Bank  South Bank    SE1 9PX
Category: event
 
In Conversation: Creating and Performing Peter Gynt
event  Tuesday 1st October 2019
TIMES  Tuesday 1st October 2019 - 6pm-7pm  PRICING  £12, concs £7
Literary & Education, Talk.
My Brilliant FriendMy Brilliant FriendMy Brilliant FriendApril De Angelis' adaptation of Elena Ferrante's bestselling novel is re-worked for the Olivier Theatre following a sell-out run at the Rose Theatre Kingston with the entire original cast, including Niamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack, returning. The five-and-a-half-hour production spans 50 years and "combines an intimate study of female friendshi12th November 2019Saturday 18th January 2020 Where:
National Theatre,   South Bank  South Bank    SE1 9PX
Category: event
 
My Brilliant Friend
event  Running from Tuesday 12th November 2019 until Saturday 18th January 2020
TIMES  12th November 2019 to 18th January 2020  PRICING  £32-£165
April De Angelis' adaptation of Elena Ferrante's bestselling novel is re-worked for the Olivier Theatre following a sell-out run at the Rose Theatre Kingston with the entire original cast, including Niamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack, returning. The five-and-a-half-hour production spans 50 years and "combines an intimate study of female friendshi... More about this event
 
The Ocean at the End of the LaneThe Ocean at the End of the LaneThe Ocean at the End of the LaneStaging a modern fairytale for those aged 12 and above, the National Theatre adapts Neil Gaiman's 2013 novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, "a tale of a magical boyhood" (Financial Times) by "a master of fear" (The Guardian). This adventure from the creator of Good Omens, American Gods and Coraline is told through the eyes of an adult man looki3rd December 2019Saturday 25th January 2020 Where:
National Theatre: Dorfman,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
Category: event
 
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
event  Running from Tuesday 3rd December 2019 until Saturday 25th January 2020
VENUE  National Theatre: Dorfman 
Staging a modern fairytale for those aged 12 and above, the National Theatre adapts Neil Gaiman's 2013 novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, "a tale of a magical boyhood" (Financial Times) by "a master of fear" (The Guardian). This adventure from the creator of Good Omens, American Gods and Coraline is told through the eyes of an adult man looki... More about this event
 
The WelkinThe WelkinThe WelkinMaxine Peake returns to the National for the first time since 2002 to star in Lucy Kirkwood's new play, The Welkin. The playwright first came to our attention with Chimerica - the hottest ticket in the West End in 2013. She sets this new drama in Suffolk in 1759 whenSally Poppy has been sentenced to hang for murder. When she claims to be pregnant, 5th January 2020Monday 10th February 2020 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
Category: event
 
The Welkin
event  Running from Sunday 5th January 2020 until Monday 10th February 2020
VENUE  National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 
Maxine Peake returns to the National for the first time since 2002 to star in Lucy Kirkwood's new play, The Welkin. The playwright first came to our attention with Chimerica - the hottest ticket in the West End in 2013. She sets this new drama in Suffolk in 1759 whenSally Poppy has been sentenced to hang for murder. When she claims to be pregnant, ... More about this event
 

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Olivier Stalls Foyer

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Theatre
100
 
Reception
400
 

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Lyttleton Exhibition Area

Capacity

Theatre
240
 
Reception
300
 

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Mezzanine

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Theatre
110
 
Reception
150
 

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Terrace Cafe

Capacity

Theatre
120
 
Reception
240
 

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Gielgud Room

Capacity

Theatre
12
 
Reception
15
 

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Richardson Room

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Theatre
12
 
Reception
20
 

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Ashcroft Room

Capacity

Theatre
28
 
Reception
40
 

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Mr Gum And The Dancing Bear - The Musical
Mr Gum And The Dancing Bear - The Musical
Theatre | Until 31st August 2019 

National Theatre: Dorfman

Nine-year-old Polly and her misfit chums help a big bear called Padlock to escape from the clutches of villainous Mr ...More

 
The Cocoa Butter Club
The Cocoa Butter Club
Theatre | Until 13th September 2019 

Underbelly Festival 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

An evening of neo-soul, R&B, Motown, blues and jazz songs, burlesque, spoken word, drag, voguing and fire-breathing....More

 
Gay Garage
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 23rd August 2019 

Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

DJs spin garage tunes....More

The Lion King
The Lion King
Theatre | Until 29th September 2019 

The Lyceum Theatre 8 minutes walk from National Theatre

The Lion King tells the story of Simba - the epic adventure of his battles, his friendships, his dreams and ...More

 
Adam Kay: This Is Going To Hurt
Comedy | Until 30th August 2019 

Vaudeville Theatre 9 minutes walk from National Theatre

Adam reads aloud unsettling entries from his diary as a junior doctor and intersperses the anecdotes with songs....More

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical
Tina - The Tina Turner Musical
Theatre | Until 21st December 2019 

Aldwych Theatre 9 minutes walk from National Theatre

Phyllida Lloyd, director of Mamma Mia!, helms a life-affirming musical based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner, written ...More

 
UU Studios: Wear
Concerts | Until 24th August 2019 

Bridewell Theatre 11 minutes walk from National Theatre

Award-nominated contemporary opera combining music and dance and is about fashion at the end of the world....More

Yohei Nakajima & Rimanta Vingras
Concerts | On 23rd August 2019 

St Martin-in-the-Fields 11 minutes walk from National Theatre

A performance by the viola and pianist duo of Bach's Sonata For Viola Da Gamba No 3 In G Minor, ...More

Trafalgar Sinfonia
Concerts | On 23rd August 2019 

St Martin-in-the-Fields 11 minutes walk from National Theatre

Ivor Setterfield conducts Handel's Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba, 'Air' from Concerto No 10 and Concerto Grosso, Corelli's Concerto ...More

Aquila
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 23rd August 2019 

National Portrait Gallery 13 minutes walk from National Theatre

The selector drops pop, soul, soft rock, world and jazz tracks....More

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Colours
Colours
Entertainment 

Mothership Group, the team behind the Queen of Hoxton and The Book Club, gives us ...More

 
Foragers Of The Foreshore
Exhibitions | From 24th September 

Bargehouse

An expansive exhibition at the Bargehouse on mudlarking on the River Thames, Foragers of the Foreshore is curated by Florence Evans and features photographic portraits of mudlarkers taken by Hannah Smiles. Meet Mudlarker in Residence ...More

Royal Docks
Attractions 

The biggest enclosed docks in the world, with around 250 acres of water, the Royal Docks encompass three docks....More

One Day At The Disco
One Day At The Disco
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 24th August 

Three Mills Island

A massive ten hours of disco and house are certainly one way to put the ...More

 
Thabiso Sekgala: Here Is Elsewhere
Thabiso Sekgala: Here Is Elsewhere
Exhibitions | From 28th August 

Southbank Centre

Fifty works by the late South African photographer, ...More

 
Astana Ballet
Astana Ballet
Dance | From 12th September 

Linbury Theatre

The Republic of Kazakhstan's leading ballet company performs four one-act ballets at the Royal Opera ...More

 
Electric Soul Festival
Electric Soul Festival
Concerts | On 7th September 

The O2 Arena

A brand new one day only festival that's music to the ears of soul fans,the ...More

 
What Girls Are Made Of
What Girls Are Made Of
Theatre | From 9th September 

Soho Theatre

Actor, musician and playwright Cora Bissett used her own diaries to document her life from ...More

 
The Fishermen
Theatre | From 3rd September 

Trafalgar Studios

New Perspectives' award-winning staging of Chigozie Obioma's powerful allegory of brotherhood based on the Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel. Adapted for the stage by Gbolahan Obisesan, The Fishermen tells the powerful story of four brothers ...More

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Theatre | From 21st September 

Trafalgar Studios

Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner (best known for ...More

 
Noises Off
Noises Off
Theatre | From 27th September 

Garrick Theatre

Meera Syal, Lloyd Owen and Daniel Rigby star in Michael Frayn's classic comedy which follows ...More

 
Doctor Dolittle
Doctor Dolittle
Theatre | From 17th September 

New Wimbledon Theatre

Doctor Dolittle, the man who can talk to the animals, embarks on an extraordinary adventure ...More

 
The Espresso Room, Holborn
The Espresso Room, Holborn
Dining 

Renowned as one of London's best, and first, ...More

 
The Espresso Room, Southampton Row
The Espresso Room, Southampton Row
Dining 

Renowned as one of London's best, and first, ...More

 
The Espresso Room, Covent Garden
The Espresso Room, Covent Garden
Dining 

Renowned as one of London's best, and first, ...More

 
Haya
Haya
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Offering Tel Aviv-inspired cuisine across two floors, Haya is an all-day Mediterranean restaurant in west ...More

 
Liv
Liv
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Offering a neighbourhood hub for residents of Belgravia, Chelsea and Battersea, Liv is an all-day ...More

 
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With Market Halls, Arcade and Seven Dials Market opening in one year, food halls ...More

 
December in London 2019
December in London 2019
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The National Theatre adapts Neil Gaiman's modern myth for its Christmas show, joining much ...More

 
Moon Landing 50th Anniversary in London
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London is marking the 50th anniversary of ...More

 
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Follow the rainbow flags to find out where ...More

 
 
 
 
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