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
Rufus Norris gets his first season as artistic director of the National Theatre off with a bang, roping in Chiwetel Ejiofor to star in his production of Carol Ann Duffy's new adaptation of centuries-old morality play 'Everyman'. Ejiofor stars as the eponymous...
West End, Comedy
A dizzy, light-hearted entry in Rufus Norris's diverse first season at the NT, 'The Beaux' Stratagem' is the final work by George Farquhar, who died in 1707, the year of its premiere. One of the last of the Restoration comedies, it is, nonetheless, as...
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...