The NT stages over 20 productions a year in three theatres presenting a mix of new plays and classics. Plus free events, Q&As, bars, cafes, bookshop and more.
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Some of the UK's best theatre comes out of the three auditoriums at the National. There's a cheap tickets scheme for under-25s. Try a matinee show for better ticket availability at short notice.
The concrete-clad, 1960s modernist grandmother of them all: no theatrical tour of London is complete without a visit to the National. Grab a drink from the upper floor bars and take a balcony seat after the performance starts and everyone's enjoying themselves inside. Enjoy the sunset outside!
You can sometimes get last-minute cheap tickets from their website. Definitely worth trying!
A great theatre with a lot of good shows. Often some of the best in London. Catering to every price bracket.
The NT is part of a complex of buildings on the South Bank of the Thames. It is a great place to spend time in comfort with a coffee and cake, listening to free live music, especially jazz. Nice cafe and shop, some restaurants in case you want a full meal. Lots of paid parking under cover. Very…
“The Globe Theatre hosts the most accomplished Shakespearean actors to be found in the world, and is only fifteen minutes' away. The venue is small, but tickets are often available at late notice and at a surprisingly affordable price - especially if you are willing to stand. Just be aware that longer productions can turn into a marathon when not sat - especially in the summer heat!”
“You can often catch a play with a well-known actor at this Waterloo institution. Both classic and modern productions on offer.”
“The Hayward Gallery is an art gallery within the Southbank Centre in central London, England and part of an area of major arts venues on the South Bank of the River Thames. It is sited adjacent to the other Southbank Centre buildings and also the National Theatre and BFI Southbank repertory cinema.”
“Great selection of avant garde and historic movies in show with different themes throughout the year. ”
“The BFI IMAX is an IMAX cinema in the South Bank district of London, just north of Waterloo station. It is owned by the British Film Institute and since July 2012 has been operated by Odeon Cinemas. The BFI London IMAX is the largest cinema screen in Britain. It measures 26m by 20m with a total screen size of 520m². The auditorium seats 485.”