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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

  • The Majority

    Booking until Oct 01

  • Follies

    Booking until Jan 03

  • Jane Eyre

    Opens Sep 26

  • Beginning

    Opens Oct 04

  • Network

    Opens Nov 04

The Majority

National Theatre, Dorfman

Until 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, 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.

Jane Eyre

National Theatre, Lyttelton

September 26-October 21, 2017

Charlotte Bronte's seminal novel comes alive on the stage in this breathtaking production that returns to the National Theatre this September. Follow the story of a young woman who beats the odds against the bad fortune that life has bestowed upon her, as she escapes poverty as an orphan, falls in love with an aloof aristocrat and suffers a huge betrayal. Directed by Sally Cookson.


National Theatre, Dorfman

Opens October 4, 2017

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

November 4, 2017-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.

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