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South Bank, London, SE1 9PX


One of the South Bank's most memorable buildings, The National Theatre is London's cultural hub for the theatrical arts, housing three auditoriums that continually strive to present the best in innovation and talent alongside showcasing classic and new works. Finished in 1977, the brutalist concrete building's architecture has many naysayers but twice as many admirers, and has been Grade II listed since 1994. Many incredible works have benefited from their National Theatre patronage, including the recent successes of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, One Man Two Guvnors and the groundbreaking War Horse.

Upcoming Highlights

  • Follies

    Booking until Jan 03

  • Beginning

    Now Showing

  • Network

    Booking until Mar 24

  • Disney's Pinocchio: The Musical

    Opens Dec 01

  • Amadeus

    Opens Jan 11, 2018


National Theatre, Olivier

Open Run

Hot on the heels of the announcement that she will star in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Imelda Staunton will be starring in the iconic Follies at the National Theatre in Autumn 2017.


National Theatre, Dorfman

Open Run

A world premiere romantic comedy floats into the Dorfman Theatre at the National this October! Directed by Polly Findley, this new work by playwright David Eldridge is the latest in a long line of successful plays, including those made for both the Almeida and Royal Court Theatres. Set in the early hours following a riotous north London party, a meeting between two strangers is set to change both of their lives forever. Eldridge 's previous works include 's 2012 In Basildon, starring Linda Bassett and Ruth Sheen. Also writing for television, his last project was the TV movie The Scandalous Lady W, starring Natalie Dormer.


National Theatre, Lyttelton

Until March 24, 2018

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston makes his London stage debut in a brand new adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky's chilling black comedy. A landmark satire, Network is the story of newsreader Howard Beale who becomes disenfranchised with the way that proper 'news' is being made into a circus. After being fired following ailing ratings, Beales' desperation leads him to deliver the rant of his career, threatening a bloody outcome to his final broadcast. Whilst planning his on-air suicide ratings go sky high in this cautionary tale of outrage and exploitation.

Disney's Pinocchio: The Musical

National Theatre, Lyttelton

December 1, 2017-April 7, 2018

The National Theatre are now working with Disney for its most ambitious project in recent years! Director John Tiffany (Harry Potter And The Cursed Child) will direct a new musical adaptation of Disney's Pinocchio which is set to run over the Christmas period at the Lyttelton Theatre. With music from the beloved 1940 movie including When You Wish Upon A Star, Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide, and I Got No Strings, the show will be written by Enda Walsh, with set by Bob Crowley and choreography provided by Steven Hoggett.


National Theatre, Olivier

January 11-February 17, 2018

As part of Rufus Norris' inaugural season at the National, he has announced a programme of diversely cast plays, including this brand-new revival of Amadeus with colour-blind casting. Last seen on the NT stage in 1979 when it premiered, Amadeus explores the stormy relationship between aging court composer Antonio Salieri and genius young upstart Mozart. Salieri will be played by British-Tanzanian veteran actor Lucian Msamati.

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