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
- Rating: 3/5
Would a writer of less stature than Sir David Hare have managed to get this over-stuffed behemoth of a play accepted by the National Theatre? Maybe not, but a stage version of ‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers’ kind of needs to be a mess to preserve the...
West End, Drama, Kids' theatre
- Rating: 4/5
Those salty buccaneers Polly Findlay and Bryony Lavery have taken Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic pirate story by force, and given it quite the refit. The imaginative writer/director team has turned Stevenson’s classic boy’s-own adventure story into...