The world's greatest theatre?
Arguably the greatest theatre in the world, the Royal National Theatre is also one of London's most iconic landmarks and perhaps this country's foremost example of brutalist architecture. It boasts four auditoriums – Olivier, Lyttelton, Dorfman and Temporary – a firm foothold on the West End thanks to 'War Horse' and 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time', and its NT Live programme beams its greatest hits to cinemas across the globe.
NT Live is just one of the initiatives to issue forth from the golden reign of Nicholas Hytner, which saw a canny mix of modernised classics, popular new writing, the odd worthy excavation from the canon and a splash of hip experimental work fill out the houses night after night, something further driven by a major initiative to reduce ticket prices by actively seeking private sponsorship, notably that of Travelex, who subsidise tickets in the Lyttelton and Olivier.
The current artistic director is Hytner's successor Rufus Norris, whose initial programming has stuck with many Hytner fundamentals but offered an edgier, more international spin.
Following major upgrade work in 2014, the National Theatre sports all manner of eating and drinking facilities, including flagship restaurant House. Our top tip is The Understudy, a fine riverside bar which brews its own lager and plays excellent music.
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Antony & Cleopatra
Ralph Fiennes recommences his one-man journey through the most herculanean roles in theatre as he follows recent forays into Shaw, Ibsen and, indeed, Shakespeare to take on the role of doomed Roman general Antony in Shakespeare’s great historial tragedy....Shakespeare Until Saturday January 19 2019
‘The Lehman Trilogy’ review
Sam Mendes’s recent forays onto the stage – ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘King Lear’, ‘The Ferryman’ – have all been bombastic, blockbuster-style affairs that sparkle with the traces of his Hollywood success. But he tamps it down with ‘The Lehman...Drama Until Saturday October 20 2018
‘The Prisoner’ review
Even though it only clocks in at just over an hour long, ‘The Prisoner’, by legendary theatre director Peter Brook, is thin fare.A curious visitor to a foreign land tells the story of Mavuso, condemned by his uncle to sit alone in front of a white prison...Drama Until Thursday October 4 2018
‘Exit the King’ review
Death comes to us all, and we’re lousy at preparing for it. And probably would be even if we lived for 483 years – like King Berenger, of Ionesco’s absurd comedic tragedy, who squirms in the face of his impending, certain demise. A capricious, despotic...Comedy Tuesday October 2 2018 - Saturday October 6 2018
I'm Not Running
After a stream of West End hits, 'This House' and 'Labour of Love' author James Graham is threatening to steal David Hare's crown as London's premiere chronicler of politics on stage. But now 'Stuff Happens' man Hare's back with a new political drama...Drama Tuesday October 2 2018 - Thursday January 31 2019
After her fiery, relentless intelligent play 'Consent' landed a West End transfer, Nina Raine is back at the NT with a new work. And this time, she's exploring baby-making and biological clocks. 'Stories' follows a 39-year-old single woman who wants to...Drama Wednesday October 10 2018 - Wednesday November 28 2018
Ooh, this is one to get excited about: hit indie musical 'Hadestown' is coming to the NT, as it warms up for a run on Broadway. 'Girl From the North Country' fans are likely to be intrigued by its lo-fi mix of folk music and emotional intensity, based...Musicals Friday November 2 2018 - Saturday January 26 2019
The NT are bringing back 'War Horse' for Christmas 2018. This review is from the show's 2012 West End run. The National Theatre's 'War Horse' has become ubiquitous. The toast of the West End and Broadway, as I write this it's sold out at the New London...West End Thursday November 8 2018 - Saturday January 5 2019
The Tell-Tale Heart
Auteur director Anthony Neilson has honed his signature method of working - where he cooks up brand new shows in collaboration with the cast - on intriguing recent works like 'Unreachable' and 'The Prudes'. His latest is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's...Drama Wednesday December 5 2018 - Wednesday January 9 2019
This review is from 2017. 'Follies' returns to the National Theatre in February 2019. There’s nothing like a Stephen Sondheim musical to make you wonder what the hell everybody else is playing at. Revived at considerable expense, with a lot of style,...Musicals Thursday February 14 2019 - Tuesday March 26 2019
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The national theatre puts on epically large productions with beautiful set designs that you can't help be impressed by. I love that they're so openly encouraging to get people from all works of life into theatre thought NT live and their young person discounts. However, my teeny tiny qualm would be that the productions can feel slightly too big - you sometimes loose the beautiful intimacy that you can find in my very favourite theatre (the Old Vic). That being said - a ticket purchase here will never be too far wrong!
An amazing contemporary venue that allows you get up close to stars big and small in a tremendously creative space.
Might be the most special venue in the entire world for me. You could spend the entire day here and fell at home & entertainted. Contantly changing yet stays the most welcoming. It may look like a fortress from the outside but once you step in you just don't wanna leave. Magic space! Happy 52th birthday, btw )
A wonderful space for the public as well as a place to see some fantastic theatre, often at extremely reasonable prices. Really good coffee too!
Nothing like the National! Best night out in London and seeing the inner workings of his great theater is a delight! Don miss it!!
The National never fail in excelling with putting on some first class pieces of theatre. The Travelex season makes it even sweeter, as well as the building being a great example of brutalist architecture, and located in one of my favourite parts of London.
Outstanding. If you haven't been to watch something here yet, you haven't experienced true London. This is how theatre should be done.