National Theatre, Olivier
© Mike Smallcombe
Time Out says
Posted: Wed Jun 20 2012
The Olivier (named, of course, after Laurence) is the National Theatre’s papa bear auditorium whose amphitheatre-style space has a capacity of over 1,000. The National Theatre’s epic productions tend to play here: Chicago company Steppenwolf’s ‘August: Osage County’ and an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s ‘War Horse’ among them. It was once a large draughty space to fill but in recent years a new generation of very visual directors has transformed the vertical spaces with spectacular sets. The theatre is also pretty proud of its drum revolve – a sort of giant rotating stage that comes complete with set-friendly elevators.
What's on at National Theatre, Olivier
West End, Drama
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Kids' theatre, Drama, West End
The National Theatre's annual family friendly Christmas epic this year isn't exactly unheard of. Robert Louis Stevenson's classic 'Treasure Island' is one of the most dramatised novels ever. Thankfully, the big bods at the National have commissioned Bryony...