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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

  • Amadeus

    Now Showing

  • Twelfth Night

    Booking until May 13

  • Angels in America

    Opens Apr 01

  • The Majority

    Opens Aug 08

  • Network

    Opens Nov 01


National Theatre, Olivier

Open Run

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.

Twelfth Night

National Theatre, Olivier

Until May 13, 2017

As part of Rufus Norris' inaugural season at the National Theatre, he has announced a series of shows that challenge traditional casting, making roles gender fluid or colour-blind to encourage diversity in theatre. In this new revival of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Tamsin Grieg takes on the role of Malvolia, the antagonist of this gender-bending comedy.

Angels in America

National Theatre, Lyttelton

Open Run

Andrew Garfield stars as Prior Walter alongside Nathan Lane and Olivier Winner Denise Gough in the National Theatre's revival of Tony Kushner's sprawling saga of the AIDs epidemic in 1980's New York City. As Prior's illness develops he begins to have heavenly visions where angels seek him out as a prophet. Meanwhile, his ex -over Louis struggles with his guilt over leaving him at his most vulnerable, whilst carrying on a relationship with Joe, a closeted Mormon Republican who's own inner turmoil has made his wife Harper mad.

The Majority

National Theatre, Dorfman

August 8-October 1, 2017

Part of the National Theatre's drive in 2017/18 to feature equality in voices on stage, Rob Drummond returns to the stage with a brand-new show that explores democracy in a one-man format. Famed for his infamous show Bullet Catch, in which he displayed the most deadly "magic trick" in stage history on a nightly basis, Drummond's new target, forgive the pun, is in fact about politics within democratic society. It may not contain the danger of a bullet catch, but Drummond assures us that it will be thrilling and thoughtworthy!


National Theatre, Lyttelton

Opens November 1, 2017

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.

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