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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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Nine NightNine NightNine NightWhen Gloria passes away after a prolonged illness, her children and grandchildren mark her passing with a traditional Jamaican Nine Night Wake that brings together friends and relatives for a party full of music, food and sharing stories that lasts over one week. The endless parade of mourners pushes the family to the brink in Natasha Gordon's touc26th April 2018Saturday 26th May 2018 Where:
National Theatre: Dorfman,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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Nine Night
event  Running until Saturday 26th May 2018
VENUE  National Theatre: Dorfman 
When Gloria passes away after a prolonged illness, her children and grandchildren mark her passing with a traditional Jamaican Nine Night Wake that brings together friends and relatives for a party full of music, food and sharing stories that lasts over one week. The endless parade of mourners pushes the family to the brink in Natasha Gordon's touc... More about this event
 
Absolute HellAbsolute HellAbsolute HellThirty years after the rediscovery of Absolute Hell Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the National Theatre to direct Rodney Ackland's plunge into post-war Soho, full of despair, longing and a need to escape. Branded 'a libel on the British people' on its first airing in 1952 under the title 'The Pink Room', the play was panned. Revised and rewritten but 26th April 2018Saturday 16th June 2018 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
Category: event
Now On
Absolute Hell
event  Running until Saturday 16th June 2018
VENUE  National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 
Thirty years after the rediscovery of Absolute Hell Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the National Theatre to direct Rodney Ackland's plunge into post-war Soho, full of despair, longing and a need to escape. Branded 'a libel on the British people' on its first airing in 1952 under the title 'The Pink Room', the play was panned. Revised and rewritten but ... More about this event
 
The National Theatre at The Old Vic 1963-1976The National Theatre at The Old Vic 1963-1976The National Theatre at The Old Vic 1963-1976The National Theatre celebrates The Old Vic's 200th birthday with a new exhibition this spring. The historic Lambeth theatre first opened its doors in 1818 and then in 1963 the National Theatre was established, spending its first 13 years at The Old Vic. Led by Sir Laurence Olivier, the NT established a company of young and emerging actors, playwri26th April 2018Saturday 23rd June 2018 Where:
National Theatre,   South Bank  South Bank    SE1 9PX
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The National Theatre at The Old Vic 1963-1976
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VENUE  National Theatre 
The National Theatre celebrates The Old Vic's 200th birthday with a new exhibition this spring. The historic Lambeth theatre first opened its doors in 1818 and then in 1963 the National Theatre was established, spending its first 13 years at The Old Vic. Led by Sir Laurence Olivier, the NT established a company of young and emerging actors, playwri... More about this event
 
JulieJulieJulieKnown for her reinterpretations of classic plays, Carrie Cracknell directs Vanessa Kirby (Princess Margaret in The Crown) in Julie at the National's Lyttelton Theatre. Reworked by Polly Stenham and designed by Tom Scutt, the new version of August Strindberg's tragedy brings Miss Julie into contemporary London. As a late-night party begins to die do31st May 2018Saturday 4th August 2018 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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Julie
event  Running from Thursday 31st May 2018 until Saturday 4th August 2018
VENUE  National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 
Known for her reinterpretations of classic plays, Carrie Cracknell directs Vanessa Kirby (Princess Margaret in The Crown) in Julie at the National's Lyttelton Theatre. Reworked by Polly Stenham and designed by Tom Scutt, the new version of August Strindberg's tragedy brings Miss Julie into contemporary London. As a late-night party begins to die do... More about this event
 
An OctoroonAn OctoroonAn OctoroonIn 1859, white Irish playwright Dion Boucicault writes a hit play about America. Today, a black American playwright attempts to do the same. Described by the New York Times as "this decade's most eloquent statement on race in America today", Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' provocative play comes to the National Theatre after a sold out run at the Orange Tr7th June 2018Wednesday 18th July 2018 Where:
National Theatre: Dorfman,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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An Octoroon
event  Running from Thursday 7th June 2018 until Wednesday 18th July 2018
VENUE  National Theatre: Dorfman 
In 1859, white Irish playwright Dion Boucicault writes a hit play about America. Today, a black American playwright attempts to do the same. Described by the New York Times as "this decade's most eloquent statement on race in America today", Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' provocative play comes to the National Theatre after a sold out run at the Orange Tr... More about this event
 
Exit the KingExit the KingThis July at the National's Olivier Theatre, Patrick Marber directs his own adaptation of Eugene Ionesco's dark comedy, Exit the King. On the back of his lead role in A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic Theatre, Rhys Ifans stars as the King while Indira Varma takes the role of the Queen. Anthony Ward provides the designs.1st July 2018Wednesday 1st August 2018 Where:
National Theatre,   South Bank  South Bank    SE1 9PX
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Exit the King
event  Running from Sunday 1st July 2018 until Wednesday 1st August 2018
VENUE  National Theatre 
This July at the National's Olivier Theatre, Patrick Marber directs his own adaptation of Eugene Ionesco's dark comedy, Exit the King. On the back of his lead role in A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic Theatre, Rhys Ifans stars as the King while Indira Varma takes the role of the Queen. Anthony Ward provides the designs.... More about this event
The Lehman TrilogyThe Lehman TrilogyFrom July 2018, Sam Mendes directs the epic story of Lehman Brothers from its beginning in 1844 to its end 163 years later. Few will forget the scenes of bankers leaving in 2008, their personal effects in cardboard boxes. Stefano Massini's play, adapted for the National by Ben Power, has been staged across Europe. The triumphant world premiere in P1st July 2018Wednesday 1st August 2018 Where:
National Theatre,   South Bank  South Bank    SE1 9PX
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The Lehman Trilogy
event  Running from Sunday 1st July 2018 until Wednesday 1st August 2018
VENUE  National Theatre 
From July 2018, Sam Mendes directs the epic story of Lehman Brothers from its beginning in 1844 to its end 163 years later. Few will forget the scenes of bankers leaving in 2008, their personal effects in cardboard boxes. Stefano Massini's play, adapted for the National by Ben Power, has been staged across Europe. The triumphant world premiere in P... More about this event
Home, I'm DarlingHome, I'm DarlingHome, I'm DarlingKatherine Parkinson (whose role as Jen in the IT Crowd "brought her something close to a cult following" - The Guardian) plays Judy in Home, I'm Darling, an unsettling new comedy about one woman's quest to be the perfect 1950s housewife, written by Laura Wade (who penned Posh). Every couple needs a little fantasy to keep their marriage sparkling. B24th July 2018Wednesday 5th September 2018 Where:
National Theatre: Dorfman,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
Category: event
 
Home, I'm Darling
event  Running from Tuesday 24th July 2018 until Wednesday 5th September 2018
VENUE  National Theatre: Dorfman 
Katherine Parkinson (whose role as Jen in the IT Crowd "brought her something close to a cult following" - The Guardian) plays Judy in Home, I'm Darling, an unsettling new comedy about one woman's quest to be the perfect 1950s housewife, written by Laura Wade (who penned Posh). Every couple needs a little fantasy to keep their marriage sparkling. B... More about this event
 

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Olivier Stalls Foyer

Capacity

Theatre
100
 
Reception
400
 

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Lyttleton Exhibition Area

Capacity

Theatre
240
 
Reception
300
 

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Mezzanine

Capacity

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

Capacity

Theatre
12
 
Reception
20
 

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Ashcroft Room

Capacity

Theatre
28
 
Reception
40
 

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Nine Night
Nine Night
Theatre | Until 26th May 2018 

National Theatre: Dorfman

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Absolute Hell
Absolute Hell
Theatre | Until 16th June 2018 

National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre

Thirty years after the rediscovery of Absolute Hell Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the National Theatre to direct Rodney Ackland's plunge ...More

 
Concrete Dreams Exhibition
Concrete Dreams Exhibition
Exhibitions | Until 29th April 2018 

Southbank Centre: Queen Elizabeth Hall 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

Take an immersive audio-visual backstage journey with Concrete Dreams, a free tour which marks the reopening of Queen Elizabeth Hall, ...More

 
Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams
Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams
Theatre | Until 20th May 2018 

Underbelly Festival 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

Circus Abyssinia, an African acrobatic spectacular from Ethiopia, makes its London premiere at the Underbelly Festival but if you saw ...More

 
ABBA: Super Troupers
ABBA: Super Troupers
Exhibitions | Until 29th July 2018 

Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

Created in association with ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, the Southbank Centre presents ABBA: Super Troupers, an immersive 60 minute ...More

 
Underbelly Festival
Underbelly Festival
Theatre | Until 30th September 2018 

Underbelly Festival 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

The unrivalled Underbelly Festival returns to South Bank, between the Southbank Centre and London Eye, from April 2018 and they're ...More

 
Macbeth
Macbeth
Theatre | Until 23rd June 2018 

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in this revival of Shakespeare's intense and terrifying tragedy, directed ...More

 
Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition
Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition
Exhibitions | Until 6th May 2018 

Somerset House 6 minutes walk from National Theatre

The World Photography Organisation stages a large-scale London exhibition showing the winning and shortlisted images of the 11th edition of ...More

 
Dreamgirls
Dreamgirls
Theatre | Until 25th September 2018 

Savoy Theatre 7 minutes walk from National Theatre

A multi-award winning hit on Broadway and a 2006 film starring Beyonce, Dreamgirls returns thirty-five years after the original 1981Tony ...More

 
Rainforest Adventure: SEA LIFE London
Rainforest Adventure: SEA LIFE London
Exhibitions | Until 24th March 2019 

Sea Life London Aquarium 7 minutes walk from National Theatre

Opening to the public on 24th March 2018, just in time for the Easter holidays, Rainforest Adventure brings the UK's ...More

 

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Faber Fox
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With this third branch of temper, in Covent Garden, Neil Rankin has further cemented his ...More

 
Sin Gusano
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Foodie Events | From 3rd May 

Curio Cabal

Taking over popular Haggerston cafe and bar space Curio Cabal, on Thursday to Saturday evenings, ...More

 
Curio Cabal
Drinking 

Opened in the summer of 2013 Curio Cabal in Haggerston is supported by its brother company, Creative Blocks, a co-working / studio space based in the same building....More

Andina Picanteria
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Martin Morales's 40 cover Andina Picanteria is an ode to the Peruvian picanterias, the family-run, ...More

 
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Pioneer of Peruvian cooking Martin Morales is behind this Peruvian bakery and the forty cover ...More

 
Home, I'm Darling
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National Theatre: Dorfman

Katherine Parkinson (whose role as Jen in the IT Crowd "brought her something close to ...More

 
An Octoroon
An Octoroon
Theatre | From 7th June 

National Theatre: Dorfman

In 1859, white Irish playwright Dion Boucicault writes a hit play about America. Today, a ...More

 
Cora Pearl
Cora Pearl
Dining 

With double-height windows opening onto the 'Actors' Church', this Covent Garden restaurant from the team ...More

 
Scarlett Green
Scarlett Green
Dining 

Bondi meets Soho at this Antipodean-inspired restaurant from the Daisy Green Collection, serving bottomless brunch ...More

 
Fayre Share
Fayre Share
Dining 

Classic British dishes like roasted beer chicken and Arctic roll with jelly are on the ...More

 
London Celebrates 250 Years of the Circus
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In 2018 London celebrates the 250th anniversary ...More

 
The Queen of Hoxton Summer Rooftop: The Lost Vegas
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The Queen Of Hoxton

The Queen of Hoxton has been given a makeover once again, transforming into The Lost Vegas Rooftop just in time for summer. One of east London's most popular ...More

Cafe de Paris: Royal Wedding Show
Cafe de Paris: Royal Wedding Show
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 19th May 

Cafe de Paris

Not one the 2,640 members of the public ...More

 
Portobello Live!
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Concerts | From 6th May 

Portobello Live! Various Venues

Now an established fixture in the festival calendar, Portobello Live! returns on Sunday and Monday ...More

 
Building The Wall
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Theatre | From 2nd May 

Park Theatre

Jez Bond directs the UK premiere staging of Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan's gripping political ...More

 
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