The Royal National Theatre London

The Royal National Theatre is commonly known as National Theatre and is one of the top sites of London. Being the national theatre, it is not only the biggest theatre of London, but of the whole Britain. The company hosts plays on site and also travels around and arranges for many plays in all of London. The fifty years of production of National Theatre includes numerous internationally renowned dramatic displays. Along with plays, many musical shows and different exhibitions are on the credit of this theatre. Its current building was designed by Sir Denys Lasdun, having an astonishing view of River Thames from its connecting terraces. The exotic furniture and many amazing statues spread across the building add up to the beauty of this place. National Theatre consists of three auditoriums; the Oliver Theatre, the Lyttelton Theatre and Cottesloe Theatre.


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    In 1902 the need for a national theatre was considered for the first time and London Shakespeare League was established for this purpose. They started working on the project and finally in 1963, the foundation of the National Theatre was laid at the Old Vic theatre in Waterloo, and it started working with the world famous play Hamlet. In 1976, after the construction of the new building at Southbank, the company shifted to the current location. On its silver jubilee, "ROYAL" was added to the name.

    Royal National Theatre is continuously improving and updating its facilities and back stage equipment and technologies. It is now self sufficient and able to work without any funding from the government. It annually produces almost 20 plays, many musical events and exhibitions.

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    Things to do at Royal National Theatre:

    National Theatre stages Shakespeare classics and also new plays of modern writers. For different kind of productions, three theatres are available.

    - The main auditorium, Olivier Theatre, has an open stage, 1,150 seats, a flying system and drum revolve technology that makes it one of its kind.

    - The Lyttelton Theatre is a traditional theatre with a proscenium stage and can accommodate 890 people.

    - The Cottesloe Theatre is the smallest of three with a capacity of only 400 audiences and yet has quite a few facilities. This studio style theatre has hosted many plays.

    Other highlights of National Theatre are described below.

    - In summers, the forecourts of the building host open-air performances.

    - Building terraces and lobbies host multiple activities. The foyer space is available for informal performances. It displays live music performances on daily basis and also has many restaurants and bars to entertain the visitors of National Theatre.

    - The foyer space also has a large bookshop with a wide collection of theatrical material. It also hosts free productions for community and educational purpose.

    - Backstage tours are also arranged daily.

    - Fly Tower is another highlight of this theatre that is covered with grass. It is used to store sets of the plays during other shows going on. Its cables have a capacity of 200 kg each.

    - Since 2009, the theatre started broadcasting its live productions internationally to 22 countries which is for the first time in the world. This project is called NT Live.

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    For Booking at Royal National Theatre:

    Below given is the contact information for booking and tickets.

    Contact Number: +44 20 7452 3000
    Group bookings: +44 20 7452 3010
    To get online tickets, click here.

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    Operational Hours:

    Theatre timings from Monday to Saturday are 9:30 am to 10:45 pm and on Sunday, it opens at 12 noon and closes at 6 pm.

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    South Bank, London SE1 9PX, United Kingdom.

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    How to Reach Royal National Theatre:

    By Tube:

    Waterloo tube station is the nearest one to reach National Theatre. The distance between the station and destination is 0.3 miles. Exit towards Southbank and a six minutes walk through Waterloo Road leads the guests to the Theatre. View map.

    By Bus:

    Nearest bus stop is Royal Festival Hall (Stop Q) at Waterloo Road where bus number RV1 arrives and Theatre is just a minute’s walk away with 404 feet of distance.

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