National Theatre

A concrete building with a series of interlocking terraces
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In our three theatres on the South Bank in London, the National presents an eclectic mix of new plays and classics, with seven or eight productions in repertory at any one time. It aims constantly to re-energise the great traditions of the British stage and to expand the horizons of audiences and artists alike. It aspires to reflect in its repertoire the diversity of our culture. At the Studio, the National offers a space for research and development for the NT's stages and the theatre as a whole. Through the NT Education department, tomorrow's audiences are addressed. Through an extensive programme of Platform performances, backstage tours, foyer music, exhibitions and free outdoor entertainment it recognises that the theatre doesn't begin and end with the rise and fall of the curtain.

Stage by Stage, an exhibition on the National's history is on permanent display in the Olivier Circle Gallery. It tells the National's story from 1848 to the present day and includes nearly 200 photographs and illustrations.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Free exhibitions throughout the building all year round. Open 10am-11pm.

Admission charges

Entrance to the building is free; individual performances vary. See website.

Collection details

Performing Arts, World Cultures

National Theatre
Royal National Theatre
South Bank
Greater London




Information (10.00am to 10.45pm)

020 7452 3400

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