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National Theatre

Upper Ground, South Bank, LONDON, SE1 9PX
020 7452 3000
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The National makes world-class theatre that is entertaining, challenging and inspiring. And it is made for everyone.

The National Theatre is dedicated to making the very best theatre and sharing it with as many people as possible. The National stages up to 30 productions at their South Bank home each year, ranging from re-imagined classics – such as Greek tragedy and Shakespeare – to modern masterpieces and new work by contemporary writers and theatre-makers.

The National's work is also seen on tour throughout the UK and internationally, and in collaborations and co-productions with theatres across the country. Popular shows transfer to the West End and occasionally to Broadway, and live performances are broadcast to over 2,000 cinemas in 55 countries around the world through the National Theatre Live programme.

Since September 2015, National Theatre: On Demand in Schools has made acclaimed, curriculum-linked productions free to stream on demand in every secondary school in the country, this scheme was extended to primary Schools from September 2016. Online, the NT offers a rich variety of innovative digital content on every aspect of theatre.

The National do all they can to keep ticket prices affordable, to reach a wide audience and to use their public funding to maintain artistic risk-taking, accessibility and diversity.


Underground: The closest Tube stations are Waterloo (on the Northern, Bakerloo & Jubilee lines), Southwark (on the Jubilee line) or walk over the Hungerford Bridge from Embankment (on the Northern, Bakerloo, District and Circle lines). Bicycle Racks: There are bicycle racks outside the Espresso Bar at the corner of Theatre Square on the North-West side of the National, and opposite the Dorfman Theatre on the East side. Buses: All the following buses cross Waterloo Bridge: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68, Riverside Bus (RV1 – which also stops on Upper Ground which runs by the back of the National Theatre). 77 (Upper Ground near the Festival Hall), 211 & 507 (Waterloo Road near Waterloo station), 381 (Stamford Street). 45, 63 & 100 all stop at the southern end of Blackfriars Bridge, and there is a 10 minute walk along the riverside to the National. Stationlink provide a fully accessible, low-floor bus service stopping at Waterloo. Route 705 runs every 30 minutes, linking Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street, London Bridge, Waterloo, St Thomas' Hospital, Victoria, Victoria Coach Station and Paddington.


Car Park – National Theatre basement, accessed from Upper Ground Opening times: 6am to 12 midnight (Mon – Fri) and 7am to 12 midnight (Sat and Sun) Please note: on Sunday when the NT building is closed there is no step-free access from the car park. The entrance ramp to the car park is at the south-west corner of the National Theatre, on Upper Ground, by Theatre Avenue (the road between the National Theatre and the British Film Institute). Spaces in the basement car park are £8.00 after 5pm or if you attend a daytime ticketed event and leave before 7pm. Combined matinee and evening show rate £14.00. Validation must be obtained from the Box Office. Sundays/public holidays: £8.00 all day, no validation required. Early Bird offer: Mon – Fri arrive between 06:00 and 09:30, and leave 18:30 for £10 Blue Badge holders Blue Badge holders and those with access requirements can be dropped off at the top of Theatre Avenue (the road between the British Film Institute and the National Theatre), before parking in the car park; there will be a very limited number of spaces for oversized vehicles only above ground. These spaces need to be booked ahead of your visit with the Box Office on 020 7452 3000 Free parking is available in the NT Car Park for Blue Badge holders attending a performance or eating at the National. When attending a performance, or dining at an NT restaurant, Blue Badge holders can park anywhere in the car park and there are spaces near the lifts reserved for use by disabled people. There is a ramped entrance with semi-automatic doors to the basement foyer and lifts. For free parking, Blue Badge holders should take their badge, theatre ticket and car park ticket to any Box Office in the foyers for validation, prior to leaving.


Restaurants, cafés and bars can be found throughout the building, most with al fresco seating overlooking the vibrant South Bank. Seasonal and best quality ingredients are used to create a wide range of food and drink.

Access Info

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Tokenline: 020 3011 0755

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