The Lyttelton is a traditional proscenium arch theatre with seating for 890 people on two levels: Stalls and Circle. The box office for the Lyttelton is on the ground floor and opens two hours before performances.
Lyttelton Cloakroom: Ground Floor
The Lyttelton Cloakroom is in the Lyttelton Stalls Foyer, opposite the main lifts.
Lyttelton Stalls Foyer: Ground Floor
There's flat access from the foyer to the back of the Lyttelton Stalls (row V). The Lyttelton Buffet and Long Bar are both on this level and the entrance to the Espresso Bar is three steps up from the foyer. Before evening and Saturday matinee performances, free live music is played in the Djanogly Concert Pitch opposite the Long Bar. An accessible toilet and phones are also located on this level.
Lyttelton Stalls Seating: Ground Floor
There's flat access from the ground floor foyer to the back of the Lyttelton Stalls, and four wheelchair accessible spaces, via doors on either side of the Long Bar. All other rows are accessible by steps (15 steps down to row A at the front). There's an accessible toilet next to the Stalls entrance, to the right of the Long Bar.
Lyttelton Circle Foyer:
From the Ground Floor take 22 stairs or the glass lift (80cm/31.5” wide) opposite the Long Bar. There's an exhibition area, a bar and seating in the Lyttelton Circle Foyer, plus flat access to Mezzanine restaurant where there's an accessible toilet. The Richardson and Gielgud Rooms (for private functions) are also on this level.
Lyttelton Circle Seating:
The Lyttelton Circle Foyer can be reached via 22 stairs or the glass lift (80cm/31.5” wide) opposite the Long Bar. There are five steps down from the foyer to the Circle seats. There are two steps up to row A at the front and 25 steps to row J at the back. The Circle is quite steep and has handrails on both aisles.
There are seats at the front of each auditorium for visually impaired people. Please mention your requirements when booking your tickets.
Guide dogs can be taken into the auditorium. Please mention this when booking and you'll be offered an aisle seat, and told about any special effects that might affect your dog's comfort. Alternatively, guide dogs can be left in the care of front-of-house staff.
Most productions are audio-described, usually at a matinee and an evening performance. Audio description is a live commentary, by trained describers, interspersed with the actors' dialogue. There is also a 'programme notes' description, starting 15 minutes before the production, that helps to capture the atmosphere, costumes, characters and action before and during the course of a performance. Description is relayed via a discreet headset linked to the infrared audio system. When booking for an audio-described performance, please let us know where you'd prefer to sit and the number of headsets you require. Headsets should be collected before the performance from the information desk next to the box office in whichever theatre you are seeing a show. Programme notes are available on tape in advance.
The National aims to offer a touch tour for every audio described production, usually before an audio-described matinee. It's a chance to visit the set, feel the props, and enhance your enjoyment of the show. The tour is free and lasts about half an hour. Please let us know if you're coming to the tour on your own and we'll arrange for a member of staff to accompany you. Guide dogs are also welcome on set, subject to an advance assessment to ensure a safe environment. Alternatively, we can arrange for your guide dog to be looked after. If you'd like to join a tour, please make a reservation in advance by phoning 020 7452 3284.
The National Theatre is a member of SPIT – Signed Performances in Theatre, www.spit.org.uk
Hearing Dogs for the Deaf
Assistance dogs can be taken into the auditoriums. Please mention this when booking and you'll be offered an aisle seat. Alternatively, dogs may be left in the care of front-of-house staff. Please phone 020 7452 3281 or fax 020 7452 3344 in advance of your visit.
The National offers captioned performances for most productions. A block of seats are reserved to ensure a good view of the caption box or boxes.
Sign Language Interpreted Performances
The National offers signed performances in all three theatres. A block of Stalls seats is reserved for deaf people to ensure a good view of the signer and the stage. If you need assistance during your visit, a number of our staff can communicate in basic British Sign Language.
Hearing Enhancement & Headsets
An infrared audio system is available in all three theatres. Two types of hearing enhancement are available: headsets for people who don't use hearing aids, or neck loops for use with a hearing aid by switching it to the 'T' position. Headsets are essential and should be collected before the performance from the information desk in whichever theatre you're seeing a show. A small refundable deposit is required.
There are induction loops (marked by the symbol) at all bars, buffets, bookstalls, box offices, cloakrooms and at the main Information Desk and Bookshop.
Playtexts and programmes are available from the Bookshop. Order online, by phone 020 7452 3456, fax 020 7452 3457 or e-mail email@example.com. We also offer a script lending service. Phone 020 7452 3281, fax 020 7452 3344 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Free synopses are available for all signed and captioned performances. They can be sent in advance of your visit and are also available on the day from the Box Office and Information Desk.