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“Awesome setting for great theater.”
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National Theatre
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This is a theatre that everyone can enjoy, from the classics and spectacular musicals to new plays and special events for the entire family.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 21 June 2014

We were able to score tickets to see King Lear at the National Theatre. The production was brillant! All of it was enriched by the excellence of the theater itself. Sound, lighting, sets, etc. Wonderful.

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Reviewed 16 June 2014

The national have always done great productions that moved and shake.
Not this one. One Sam Mendes (Tempest 2010) was enough.
A 3 hours 25 minutes production is just way too long. We are in 2014, not 1420.

2  Thank Harris J
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

Firstly, no-one ever calls it the "Royal" National Theatre - it was founded as a people's theatre and had the "Royal" accolade thrust upon it and subsequent management have (I feel rightly) clung to the name "National Theatre" or just NT.
The building is in the style of the rest of the arts complex on the South Bank and almost certainly drives Prince Charles mad. It is unashamedly concrete modernist and if you only like "twee" you will hate it. On the other hand if you appreciate interesting spaces it has plenty of them to while away time between, before or after performances. As well as theatre there are often (free) art and photographic exhibitions, a great book shop, a good restaurant, cafeteria and coffee bars all of which are open to the publc not watching a performance. (NB at the time of writing the facilities are being upgraded so some have temporary facilities)
The name is also a misnomer in another way - it is not just one theatre but three stages. One unique to central London being in the "half round" (a semi-circle stage surrounded on approximately 170 degrees by seats), one traditional proscenium stage and smaller more studio space (currently under redevelopment and temporarily housed in "The Shed"). This gives directors lots of freedom to develop different types of production and experience. It is also worth mentioning the seating is by far the best of any theatre in London with ample legroom and very easy access.
Finally the plays produced vary across the spectrum from the traditional like Shakespeare, through the popular to very experimental. Prices vary from extremely low for "on the day" or concession tickets to the same as typical West End prices.
I consider this somewhere anyone who is interested in theatre and in London should check out. Don't just go for "a show" in the West End, go and see some of the other things that makes the capital's theatre scene so vibrant - and if you do there is not a better place to see it than The NT.

Thank MartinBaines
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Have visited the National Theatre several times and have always been impressed. I felt moved to review The Silver Tassie however, as it's possibly the worst play I've ever seen. Whilst booking I checked reviews in the press which were positive - this now baffles me. While the set and acting were excellent the play itself is dreadful. You never get to know or care about the characters and the incomprehensible, endless chanting/singing in the second act ruins any momentum the story had. Many people left at the interval never to return. We stayed until the bitter end but it didn't improve. Save your money and don't bother going.

1  Thank codown1978
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

The location is ideal for those travelling via Waterloo station. Outside the building is not pretty and very stark but that probably makes it special. There are a number of cafes/bars inside with plenty of space. Directions are clear. The carpet on the stairs is very tired and could do with freshening up. Staff we encountered we friendly and helpful.
The theatre itself is large - we seem to be in Lyttleton most of the time we visit and the seats are quite wide with sufficient leg room, quite generous really when compared to some of the theatres in the WEST END. There are free cloakrooms.
The standard of plays is excellent, staging good and imaginative. Prices reasonable. Informal theatre - good to visit.

Thank Wendy119186363
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