National Theatre
National Theatre
4.5
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This is a theatre that everyone can enjoy, from the classics and spectacular musicals to new plays and special events for the entire family.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Southbank
Big time attractions such as the London Eye and a thriving theatre scene (compliments of the National Theatre and the Young Vic) are but a few of the reasons that Southbank is such a collectively cherished part of town. With plenty of family friendly activities and venues lined up along a pedestrianized river bank between Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge, visitors can always expect a casual and festive atmosphere. On top of all the fun stuff to do at Southbank is the opportunity to simply sit back and admire photo-op views of iconic landmarks like Parliament and St Paul's Cathedral, just on across the Thames.
How to get there
  • Temple • 6 min walk
  • Waterloo • 6 min walk
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  • Sarah C
    Ashtead, United Kingdom1,254 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dear England - fantastic at the Olivier Theatre
    We saw Dear England at the Olivier Theatre. It was a fantastic performance, so cleverly staged. "Gareth Southgate" was exceptional. Comfy seating and great views, plenty of women's loos too! Only downside was the relatively narrow staircases when leaving at the end, we were in the Circle and the mass exodus at all these pinch-points meant everyone had to shuffle down at the pace of the slowest audience member. I wonder how many trains were missed as a result?
    Visited July 2023
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Edward F
    United Kingdom87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Effect
    I had the pleasure of seeing the play called 'The effect'. The acting was very good and although the advertising gives the impression that it is only two people in the cast, it is actually more. The chemistry between the two leads Tristan (Paapa Essiedu) and Connie (Taylor Russell) is amazing.. The play navigates around depression and medication excellently. The stage is simplistic, yet effective. The supporting cast, Dr Lorna James (Michele Austin, who steals the show in my opinion) and Dr Toby Sealey (Kobna Holdbrook-Smith) , encourage the audience to ponder on the wider issue of drug testing. The national theatre venue and staff were amazing. As it was a hot day, we chilled outside in the seating/ outside bar area after the play.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Damien1809
    108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    National Theatre London Stage and Behind the Scenes Tour
    We went on a behind the scenes tour of NT. Our guide was called Chelsea. There were about twenty in our group. She was knowledgeable and very entertaining. Cost was Fifteen pounds. Tour lasted approx 90 minutes. Numbers on tour are limited. Book early to ensure your Place. Would recommend!!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 November 2023
  • tezpil
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom4,732 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Smart Glasses Accessibility
    Here for Dear Octopus which was entertaining. Comfortable seats in the circle with good leg room. My wife being deaf used for the first time the Smart Caption Glasses. the text is projected onto a pair of glasses which means the words can be seen regardless of where you look. This is a big improvement on the usual captioned performances. Wearing them for the whole performance they were found to be quite heavy and so pinched the nose. Also of note and in hindsight they may have been better with reading spectacles on as well although we are unsure if reading glasses can be worn with the Smart glasses. Overall an improvement in accessibility but with some limitations
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 April 2024
  • Dolores Gaskell
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very proud of Michael
    We popped along just the other night to see our Michael do his very first tap solo in a wonderful little show. Lovely community production, I can tell a lot of effort went into it. We’re both very proud of Michael and his friends of course. In fact it might even be quite the idea for him to pursue this professionally!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 April 2024
  • Rachel D
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Backstage tour of The National Theatre.
    I did a tour which lasted about 90 minutes - a perfect length. Andrew was the guide and he passed on a great deal of knowledge expertly and with enthusiasm. He clearly loves the place. The group was shown the theatres, workshops and much backstage activity. There was plenty of time for questions too. Recommend highly!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 May 2024
  • Bluebellplasnewydd
    Cardiff, United Kingdom1,975 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Olivier Theatre - Nye
    This theatre feels well constructed and the seats are very comfortable. I was in the circle and had good unrestrictive views although not close enough to see facial expressions of the players. The staff are helpful and there is plenty of space at the interval to have a drink although the surroundings are rather functional. Nye was an interesting and rather evangelical performance of someone who had a mission and I suspect took no prisoners. Great and unusual acting and screenplay.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 May 2024
  • John F
    Greater London, United Kingdom36 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Something to be proud of.
    The National is the big, concrete, brutalist building on the South Bank of the Thames. It has an underground car park that is free if you take your blue badge to the box office. It is not too far from Embankment or Waterloo stations. There is good bookshop and gift shop on the ground floor and restaurants and cafes ranging from reasonable to expensive. Ticket prices go from £20 to £90? which is cheaper than most West End theatres. Programmes are generally £5. The view from the terraces is superb across the Thames with St Pauls in the distance. Well worth a look at the interval. There are three auditoriums: The Dorfman, small and cosy. The Littleton normal size with a proscenium arch. The Olivier is huge but with good sight lines. Front of house staff are very helpful. There was to have been a National Opera House adjoining but funds ran out. Shows are generally very good.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 May 2024
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bkatierose
Skipton, UK20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
I loved the show but i felt awkward with a staff member; I went to buy a pin his tone didn't help in the next phrase "Are you aware how much that is" but other than that every other staff member was very friendly.
Written 30 May 2024
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FIL M
London, UK557 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Truly a thought provoking production. It had great performances by all the cast. The staff of the theatre itself were most professional and helpful too.
Written 28 May 2024
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John F
Greater London, UK36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The National is the big, concrete, brutalist building on the South Bank of the Thames. It has an underground car park that is free if you take your blue badge to the box office. It is not too far from Embankment or Waterloo stations. There is good bookshop and gift shop on the ground floor and restaurants and cafes ranging from reasonable to expensive.
Ticket prices go from £20 to £90? which is cheaper than most West End theatres. Programmes are generally £5.
The view from the terraces is superb across the Thames with St Pauls in the distance. Well worth a look at the interval.
There are three auditoriums: The Dorfman, small and cosy. The Littleton normal size with a proscenium arch. The Olivier is huge but with good sight lines.
Front of house staff are very helpful.
There was to have been a National Opera House adjoining but funds ran out.
Shows are generally very good.
Written 25 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,975 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This theatre feels well constructed and the seats are very comfortable. I was in the circle and had good unrestrictive views although not close enough to see facial expressions of the players. The staff are helpful and there is plenty of space at the interval to have a drink although the surroundings are rather functional. Nye was an interesting and rather evangelical performance of someone who had a mission and I suspect took no prisoners. Great and unusual acting and screenplay.
Written 21 May 2024
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Rachel D
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I did a tour which lasted about 90 minutes - a perfect length. Andrew was the guide and he passed on a great deal of knowledge expertly and with enthusiasm. He clearly loves the place. The group was shown the theatres, workshops and much backstage activity. There was plenty of time for questions too.
Recommend highly!
Written 13 May 2024
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Dolores Gaskell
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We popped along just the other night to see our Michael do his very first tap solo in a wonderful little show. Lovely community production, I can tell a lot of effort went into it. We’re both very proud of Michael and his friends of course. In fact it might even be quite the idea for him to pursue this professionally!
Written 14 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

tezpil
Portsmouth, UK4,732 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Here for Dear Octopus which was entertaining. Comfortable seats in the circle with good leg room. My wife being deaf used for the first time the Smart Caption Glasses. the text is projected onto a pair of glasses which means the words can be seen regardless of where you look. This is a big improvement on the usual captioned performances. Wearing them for the whole performance they were found to be quite heavy and so pinched the nose. Also of note and in hindsight they may have been better with reading spectacles on as well although we are unsure if reading glasses can be worn with the Smart glasses. Overall an improvement in accessibility but with some limitations
Written 7 April 2024
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john e
11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Dear Octopus. We ate a couple of delicious small plates in Forza beforehand, with fantastic service. But the play, oh dear. In the first row of the circle, it was very difficult to hear what most of the actors were saying, and completely impossible to hear the children. Not just us; I net a friend during the interval who said exactly that before I said anything. I have no idea why all the reviews I read were so positive.
Written 20 March 2024
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martham777
London, UK3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We couldn’t hear the actors, particularly the children, it was so hard to hear that we left at the interval. All the women were dressed the same , difficult to tell them apart. Very bland.
Written 20 March 2024
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RebblaB
Nottingham, UK15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Enjoyed the play. Bar very busy at Dorfman - needs a better system as was a massive queue. It’s in a great location of course.
Written 9 February 2024
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