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Hire this venue for your own event - it has seven function rooms the largest of which can hold a maximum of 400 guests and the smallest is ideal for 12.

Each year the three superb venues in the National Theatre put on a significant proportion of the world's best productions. From intimate character studies in the Dorfman Theatre, to grand spectacles in the Olivier, the National Theatre is the spiritual centre of the British theatrical tradition. Free music in the foyer, experimental outdoor performances on the roof and terraces, backstage tours, bars, restaurants, cafes and remarkable (if controversial) architecture complete the picture of the greatest theatre in the world. The Temporary Theatre, formerly opened as The Shed during the Dorfman's closure for refurbishment, will remain in situ until 2017 and the recently opened Clore Learning Centre offers a new dedicated space for learning at the National, transforming the theatre's approach to education with events and courses for all ages. Exploring all forms of theatre-making, from playwriting to technical skills, the courses will be frequently led by the National's own artists and staff.

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NetworkNetworkNetworkAn all star cast and creative team come directed by Olivier Award winner Ivo van Hove come together for Lee Hall's stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning 1976 film, Network, penned by Paddy Chayefsky. Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery, best known as icy Lady Mary in the TV drama, takes on the role of television executive Diana Christensen, played by 19th January 2018Saturday 24th March 2018 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
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Network
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VENUENational Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre†
An all star cast and creative team come directed by Olivier Award winner Ivo van Hove come together for Lee Hall's stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning 1976 film, Network, penned by Paddy Chayefsky. Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery, best known as icy Lady Mary in the TV drama, takes on the role of television executive Diana Christensen, played by ...†More about this event
JohnJohnTwenty-nine-year-old Elias and his girlfriend Jenny are en route to New York when they take a detour to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to bask in their nation's history. A subsequent stopover at a guest house run by 72-year-old Mertis exposes deep divisions in the UK premiere of a slow-burning drama by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker. Directed by James19th January 2018Saturday 3rd March 2018 Where:
National Theatre: Cottesloe Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
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Now On
John
event Running until Saturday 3rd March 2018
VENUENational Theatre: Cottesloe Theatre†
Twenty-nine-year-old Elias and his girlfriend Jenny are en route to New York when they take a detour to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to bask in their nation's history. A subsequent stopover at a guest house run by 72-year-old Mertis exposes deep divisions in the UK premiere of a slow-burning drama by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker. Directed by James
PinocchioPinocchioPinocchioAfter co-writing Matilda the Musical, Dennis Kelly now brings Pinocchio to life at the National Theatre. The new production will be directed by John Tiffany, former director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and will feature songs and score from the Walt Disney film, including I've Got No Strings, Give a Little Whistle and When You Wish Upon a 19th January 2018Saturday 7th April 2018 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
Category: event
Ongoing
Pinocchio
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TIMES1st December 2017 to 7th April 2018† PRICING£15-£62
After co-writing Matilda the Musical, Dennis Kelly now brings Pinocchio to life at the National Theatre. The new production will be directed by John Tiffany, former director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and will feature songs and score from the Walt Disney film, including I've Got No Strings, Give a Little Whistle and When You Wish Upon a ...†More about this event
The Winter's Tale (Ages 8-12)The Winter's Tale (Ages 8-12)Prince Florizel falls madly in love with a shepherd girl called Perdita, who was once lost and then found, in a reimagining of Shakespeare's late romance for young audiences by Justin Audibert and the company.14th February 2018Wednesday 28th February 2018 Where:
National Theatre: Cottesloe Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
Category: event
On Soon
The Winter's Tale (Ages 8-12)
event Running from Wednesday 14th February 2018 until Wednesday 28th February 2018
TIMES14th to 28th February 2018 - Various Times† PRICING£12, under 18s £8
Prince Florizel falls madly in love with a shepherd girl called Perdita, who was once lost and then found, in a reimagining of Shakespeare's late romance for young audiences by Justin Audibert and the company.
The Great WaveThe Great WaveIndhu Rubasingham directs the National Theatre's co-production with the Tricycle Theatre of Francis Turnly's thriller set in Japan and North Korea about two teenage sisters, Hanako and Reiko, who are caught in a storm. One sibling is swept out to sea while the other survives but their devastated mother is convinced that her missing daughter is stil10th March 2018Saturday 14th April 2018 Where:
National Theatre: Cottesloe Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
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The Great Wave
event Running from Saturday 10th March 2018 until Saturday 14th April 2018
VENUENational Theatre: Cottesloe Theatre†
Indhu Rubasingham directs the National Theatre's co-production with the Tricycle Theatre of Francis Turnly's thriller set in Japan and North Korea about two teenage sisters, Hanako and Reiko, who are caught in a storm. One sibling is swept out to sea while the other survives but their devastated mother is convinced that her missing daughter is stil
Absolute HellAbsolute HellAbsolute HellThirty years after the rediscovery of Absolute Hell Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the National Theatre to direct Rodney Ackland's plunge into post-war Soho, full of despair, longing and a need to escape. Branded 'a libel on the British people' on its first airing in 1952 under the title 'The Pink Room', the play was panned. Revised and rewritten but 18th April 2018Wednesday 23rd May 2018 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
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Absolute Hell
event Running from Wednesday 18th April 2018 until Wednesday 23rd May 2018
VENUENational Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre†
Thirty years after the rediscovery of Absolute Hell Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the National Theatre to direct Rodney Ackland's plunge into post-war Soho, full of despair, longing and a need to escape. Branded 'a libel on the British people' on its first airing in 1952 under the title 'The Pink Room', the play was panned. Revised and rewritten but ...†More about this event
Nine NightNine NightWhen Gloria passes away after a prolonged illness, her children and grandchildren mark her passing with a traditional Jamaican Nine Night Wake that brings together friends and relatives for a party full of music, food and sharing stories that lasts over one week. The endless parade of mourners pushes the family to the brink in Natasha Gordon's touc21st April 2018Saturday 26th May 2018 Where:
National Theatre: Cottesloe Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
Category: event
Nine Night
event Running from Saturday 21st April 2018 until Saturday 26th May 2018
VENUENational Theatre: Cottesloe Theatre†
When Gloria passes away after a prolonged illness, her children and grandchildren mark her passing with a traditional Jamaican Nine Night Wake that brings together friends and relatives for a party full of music, food and sharing stories that lasts over one week. The endless parade of mourners pushes the family to the brink in Natasha Gordon's touc
Exit the KingExit the KingThis July at the National's Olivier Theatre, Patrick Marber directs his own adaptation of Eugene Ionesco's dark comedy, Exit the King. On the back of his lead role in A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic Theatre, Rhys Ifans stars as the King while Indira Varma takes the role of the Queen. Anthony Ward provides the designs.1st July 2018Wednesday 1st August 2018 Where:
National Theatre, † South Bank† South Bank† † SE1 9PX
Category: event
Exit the King
event Running from Sunday 1st July 2018 until Wednesday 1st August 2018
VENUENational Theatre†
This July at the National's Olivier Theatre, Patrick Marber directs his own adaptation of Eugene Ionesco's dark comedy, Exit the King. On the back of his lead role in A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic Theatre, Rhys Ifans stars as the King while Indira Varma takes the role of the Queen. Anthony Ward provides the designs....†More about this event
The Lehman TrilogyThe Lehman TrilogyFrom July 2018, Sam Mendes directs the epic story of Lehman Brothers from its beginning in 1844 to its end 163 years later. Few will forget the scenes of bankers leaving in 2008, their personal effects in cardboard boxes. Stefano Massini's play, adapted for the National by Ben Power, has been staged across Europe. The triumphant world premiere in P1st July 2018Wednesday 1st August 2018 Where:
National Theatre, † South Bank† South Bank† † SE1 9PX
Category: event
The Lehman Trilogy
event Running from Sunday 1st July 2018 until Wednesday 1st August 2018
VENUENational Theatre†
From July 2018, Sam Mendes directs the epic story of Lehman Brothers from its beginning in 1844 to its end 163 years later. Few will forget the scenes of bankers leaving in 2008, their personal effects in cardboard boxes. Stefano Massini's play, adapted for the National by Ben Power, has been staged across Europe. The triumphant world premiere in P...†More about this event

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Olivier Stalls Foyer

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Theatre
100
Reception
400

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Lyttleton Exhibition Area

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Theatre
240
Reception
300

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Mezzanine

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Theatre
110
Reception
150

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Terrace Cafe

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Theatre
120
Reception
240

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Gielgud Room

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Theatre
12
Reception
15

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Richardson Room

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Theatre
12
Reception
20

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Ashcroft Room

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Theatre
28
Reception
40

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