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“Do the tour - a must for people interested in the workings of theatre”
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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: Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Sydney, Australia
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78 reviews
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“Do the tour - a must for people interested in the workings of theatre”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

When I was in London I took a group tour of the Theatre - this is included in the London pass if you have that and it is totally worth it! You get to have a look at the workings of the theatre, the workshop areas and a description of the technology in the theatre. I still talk about this almost a year later because it is so much more than a theatre.
Also, by doing this tour you support the theatre and they are always really appreciative of each person. The guide was lovely and knew just about everything, as well as talking to us about what was on at the time if it wasn't something we were familiar with.

Visited August 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Dinner and a Show”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

Never having been to the National Theatre, we booked our tickets well in advance, and since we didn't know the situation re food/restaurants in Southbank (we live in Canada), we booked dinner at the National Theatre's restaurant before the show as well.

The play was “A Small Family Business" by Alan Ayckbourn. Lots of fun. We had great seats, but looking around during intermission (walking up to the mezzanine to take a peek around) I noted that there really isn't a bad seat in the house (we were in the Olivier Theatre).

Given its reputation, I would always expect an excellent production of whatever play they are staging and we were not disappointed.

The best part of the evening, however, was the amazing food at their restaurant. In our neck of the woods, the dinner part of dinner/show packages is usually anemic and minimalist - bit of a cash grab. Not at NT. We had 3 courses and were stuffed. Good sized portions and it was hard to choose amongst the variety on the menu. The service was quick and friendly.

We had planned to go back just for dinner, but ran out of time!

Visited June 2014
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Essex, United Kingdom
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“Excellent theatre by the river”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

We have seen some excellent plays here, great location and facilities. The roof top bars are great for a drink at the interval.

Visited October 2013
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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“A Small Family Business by Alan Ayckbourn”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

This was my first trip to the National Theatre. What a treat! The performance was fantastic, full of laughter and energy. The timings were perfect. Great characters played superbly.

Visited April 2014
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Los Angeles
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“Awesome setting for great theater.”
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.

Visited June 2014
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