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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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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 Tr25th June 2018Wednesday 18th July 2018 Where:
National Theatre: Dorfman,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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Now On
An Octoroon
event  Running 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
 
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 do25th June 2018Saturday 4th August 2018 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
Category: event
Ongoing
Julie
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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
 
The Lasting Impact Of The Slave TradeThe Lasting Impact Of The Slave TradeLiterary & Education, Talk.3rd July 2018Tuesday 3rd July 2018 Where:
National Theatre,   South Bank  South Bank    SE1 9PX
Category: event
On Soon
The Lasting Impact Of The Slave Trade
event  Tuesday 3rd July 2018
TIMES  Tuesday 3rd July 2018 - 6pm-7pm  PRICING  £7, concs £5
Literary & Education, Talk.
The Lehman TrilogyThe Lehman TrilogyAdam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale portray the Lehman brothers, their sons and grandsons in Ben Power's English version of Stefano Massini's poetic drama about a family and a company that changed the world, triggering the largest financial crisis in history. Told in three parts on a single evening, the production is directed by Sam Mend4th July 2018Wednesday 8th August 2018 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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On Soon
The Lehman Trilogy
event  Running from Wednesday 4th July 2018 until Wednesday 8th August 2018
VENUE  National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 
Adam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale portray the Lehman brothers, their sons and grandsons in Ben Power's English version of Stefano Massini's poetic drama about a family and a company that changed the world, triggering the largest financial crisis in history. Told in three parts on a single evening, the production is directed by Sam Mend
The Lehman TrilogyThe 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 P4th July 2018Saturday 22nd September 2018 Where:
National Theatre,   South Bank  South Bank    SE1 9PX
Category: event
On Soon
The Lehman Trilogy
event  Running from Wednesday 4th July 2018 until Saturday 22nd September 2018
TIMES  4th July to 22nd September 2018  PRICING  £45-£68
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
 
Exploring Translations By Brian FrielExploring Translations By Brian FrielLiterary & Education, Talk.9th July 2018Monday 9th July 2018 Where:
National Theatre,   South Bank  South Bank    SE1 9PX
Category: event
On Soon
Exploring Translations By Brian Friel
event  Monday 9th July 2018
TIMES  Monday 9th July 2018 - 10.30am-4pm  PRICING  £55, OAP £40, NUS/child £7.50
Literary & Education, Talk.
The Stages of Translating a PlayThe Stages of Translating a PlayLiterary & Education, Talk.10th July 2018Tuesday 10th July 2018 Where:
National Theatre,   South Bank  South Bank    SE1 9PX
Category: event
On Soon
The Stages of Translating a Play
event  Tuesday 10th July 2018
TIMES  Tuesday 10th July 2018 - 5.30pm-6.30pm  PRICING  £7, concs £5
Literary & Education, Talk.
River Stage FestivalRiver Stage FestivalRiver Stage FestivalThe River Stage Festival is back at the National Theatre this summer for five weekends of free entertainment. There's an eclectic mix of theatre, drag, DJs, family fun, contemporary dance, outdoor cinema and live music including takeover weekends from East London's The Glory, HOME Manchester, Sadler's Wells and Nonclas13th July 2018Sunday 12th August 2018 Where:
National Theatre,   South Bank  South Bank    SE1 9PX
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
River Stage Festival
event  Running from Friday 13th July 2018 until Sunday 12th August 2018
TIMES  13th July to 12th August 2018  PRICING  Free
The River Stage Festival is back at the National Theatre this summer for five weekends of free entertainment. There's an eclectic mix of theatre, drag, DJs, family fun, contemporary dance, outdoor cinema and live music including takeover weekends from East London's The Glory, HOME Manchester, Sadler's Wells and Nonclas... More about this event
 
Feminism and Hierarchy On StageFeminism and Hierarchy On StageLiterary & Education, Talk.18th July 2018Wednesday 18th July 2018 Where:
National Theatre,   South Bank  South Bank    SE1 9PX
Category: event
On Soon
Feminism and Hierarchy On Stage
event  Wednesday 18th July 2018
TIMES  Wednesday 18th July 2018 - 6pm-7pm  PRICING  £7, concs £5
Literary & Education, Talk.
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
On Soon
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

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Theatre
12
 
Reception
20
 

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Ashcroft Room

Capacity

Theatre
28
 
Reception
40
 

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Julie
Julie
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Known for her reinterpretations of classic plays, Carrie Cracknell directs Vanessa Kirby (Princess Margaret in The Crown) in Julie at ...More

 
An Octoroon
An Octoroon
Theatre | Until 18th July 2018 

National Theatre: Dorfman

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

 
Lee Bul: Wayward Wander
Lee Bul: Wayward Wander
Exhibitions | Until 19th August 2018 

The Hayward Gallery 2 minutes walk from National Theatre

The Southbank Centre's Hayward Gallery hosts a mid-career survey of the work of acclaimed South Korean artist Lee Bul. The ...More

 
The Purcell School Freddy Morgan Piano Recitals
Concerts | On 25th June 2018 

Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

Pianists Bunny Liu, Cherry Ge, Kasparas Mikuzis and Chea Woom perform works by Schubert, Ravel, Liszt, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Schumann and ...More

Larry Dean: Fandan
Comedy | On 25th June 2018 

Underbelly Festival 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

The Glaswegian, who was crowned Scottish Comedian Of The Year when he was just 23, shares stories of his globe-trotting ...More

Circolombia
Circolombia
Theatre | Until 14th July 2018 

Underbelly Festival 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

Circolombia, the Colombian circus company from Bogota, returns to the UK as part of the Underbelly Festival after taking Edinburgh ...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

 
Jeppe Hein: Appearing Rooms
Jeppe Hein: Appearing Rooms
Kids Events | Until 9th September 2018 

Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

To the art world Jeppe Hein's 'Appearing Rooms' is a delightful mix of sculpture and architecture, playing with the viewers ...More

 
Translations
Translations
Theatre | Until 11th August 2018 

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

Thirteen years after it was last staged at the National Theatre, Brian Friel's modern classic, Translations, returns. Ciaran Hinds and ...More

 

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Exhibitions | On 10th July 

The Mall

On Tuesday 10th July, one hundred days after the official 100th birthday of the Royal Air Force, up to 100 aircraft representing the RAF's history will fly over Buckingham Palace. In the hour and a ...More

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This August, the Old Truman Brewery hosts brand new vegan lifestyle festival, V For. Offering ...More

 
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Concerts | From 29th June 

Royal Opera House

Kasper Holten's "thoughtul and attentive" (Telegraph) 2014 production of Mozart's drama returns to the Royal ...More

 
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Theatre | From 13th July 

The O2 Arena

They've been entertaining audiences for over 60 years but this is the first time the ...More

 
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Royal Artillery Square

The world premiere of Graeae Theatre Company's moving tribute to Britain's wounded soldiers, directed by ...More

 
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Theatre | From 4th January 

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The Dutch dance company, "One of world dance's truly great companies" (Daily Telegraph), performs two ...More

 
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