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Performing arts, free exhibitions, live music and more
The Royal National Theatre, known as the National Theatre or The National, is one of UK’s most prominent publicly funded theatre companies, after the Royal Shakespeare Company. It was founded in 1963, and it’s been called the Royal National Theatre only since 1988.
The National Theatre building houses three separate auditoria: the Olivier Theatre (named after the theatre’s first artistic director, Laurence Olivier); the Lyttelton Theatre (named after Oliver Lyttelton, the first chairman of the National Theatre Board) and the Cottesloe Theatre (named after Lord Cottesloe, chairman of the South Bank Theatre Board).
Current and forthcoming productions include: The Habit of Art by Alan Bennet, The Power of Yes by David Hare, Love the Sinner by Drew Pautz, After the Dance by Terence Rattigan, Spring Storm by Tennessee Williams and many more.
Aside live performances, visitors can also enjoy free exhibitions in the foyers, live music before performances, outdoor events in the Summer months, backstage tours and one of the world’s best-stocked theatre bookshops.
Royal National Theatre
Brixton Road, London
Phone: 020 7452 3000
Open Hours: Box Office opening hours 9.30am to 8.00pm Monday to Saturday