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1st October 2013 until 10th November 2013
 
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The National TrailPart of the National Theatre's 50th anniversary celebrations, the National Trail takes visitors on an interactive journey around the building. Created by arts company metro-boulot-dodo, the journey is part treasure hunt and part history tour, uncovering hidden glimpses into the history of the company. Starting at the information desk, visitors will move around the building, solving one clue after another. Those savvy enough will then reach the secret Vault, a world of many treasures.

 

About National Theatre

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 Cottesloe (currently closed for refurbishment), to grand spectacles in the Olivier, the National Theatre is the spiritual centre of the British theatrical tradition. More about National Theatre

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Waterloo Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Southwark Tube Station
 
9 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Waterloo East Railway Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Waterloo Railway Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Union Car Park
 
10 minutes walk
 
Library Street NCP
 
12 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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London Calendar 2014

Plan the perfect year in London with our pick of the capital's best events in 2014. From January through to December, every month boasts an impressive line-up of entertainment. So, take a look at our guide and be sure not to miss a thing.

 
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Hotels near The National Trail

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London Marriott Hotel County Hall
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £165  32% off
Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 | 7 minutes from The National Trail
A simply unbeatable location for anyone who loves to keep themselves busy. London's County Hall is at the heart of the South Bank, surrounded by theatres, ... More
 
 
 
The Savoy London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £251  42% off
Strand, WC2R | 7 minutes from The National Trail
After one of the most ambitious restoration programmes in Britain, The Savoy was officially reopened in autumn 2010 by Prince Charles. Pierre Yves Rochon's three-year, £220-million ... More
 
 
 
ME London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £200  38% off
336-337 The Strand, WC2R | 8 minutes from The National Trail
A luxurious 5-star hotel situated right in the heart of the city, ME London offers guests a lavish accommodation experience. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide the impeccable guestrooms ... More
 
 
 
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Events near The National Trail

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Mummenschanz: Musicians Of Silence
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 19th to 27th July 2014
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 11 minutes from The National Trail
Inspiring and captivating illusions using colourful masks, incredible props and skillful sleight of hand, producing a magical world of possibilities, all without uttering a word. See ...More
 
 
 
Uncle Vanya
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 23rd April to 3rd May 2014
Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 13 minutes from The National Trail
Last year saw London stage four revivals of Anton Checkov's Uncle Vanya and now 2014 welcomes another. Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky transfers his ...More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Skylight
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 6th June to 23rd August 2014
Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 13 minutes from The National Trail
Carey Mulligan makes her West End debut starring as the former lover of Bill Nighy in Stephen Daldry's revival of David Hare's Skylight. Originally staged at ...More
 
 
 
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Entertainment near The National Trail

Near The National Trail
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Dorfman Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 | Same location as The National Trail
The Dorfman Theatre opens at the end of 2014. Replacing the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre, which closed on 23rd February 2013, the Dorfman Theatre will see ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
BFI IMAX Cinema
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The National Trail
With a huge 26m x 20m screen, a 12,000 watt digital surround sound-system, and the special multi-dimensional technology of the IMAX format (short for Image Maximum), ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Southbank Centre
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The National Trail
London's hub of cultural arts, The Southbank Centre announced in March 2013 that it's set for a £100 million revamp that will see the 1960s design ... More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near The National Trail

The best museums, galleries, attractions near The National Trail
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Hayward Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 2 minutes from The National Trail
The Hayward Gallery has been the originator or host of influential exhibitions since 1968. It mounts temporary exhibitions of contemporary and historical art. The gallery, named ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Poetry Library
London > Attractions > Museums
Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The National Trail
The most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry from 1914 in Britain, The Poetry Library within the Southbank Centre contains 90,000 items and is still growing. ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Courtauld Institute Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 6 minutes from The National Trail
Manet's 'Bar at the Folies-Bergeres', Van Gogh's 'Self-Portrait with a Bandaged Ear' and Renoir's 'La Loge' are just a few of the celebrated artworks displayed at ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near The National Trail

The best shops and markets near The National Trail
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Foyles Royal Festival Hall
London > Shopping > Books
Riverside, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The National Trail
The family-run Foyles book shop has been in the book selling business since 1906. Around 30,000 books are stocked at this branch on a broad range ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Konditor & Cook
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
63 Stamford Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 4 minutes from The National Trail
Konditor & Cook specialise in the creation of amazingly tasty cakes which are also sold on to some of the finest restaurants in the city. This ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Konditor & Cook
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
22 Cornwall Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 4 minutes from The National Trail
Konditor & Cook specialise in the creation of amazingly tasty cakes which are also sold on to some of the finest restaurants in the city. This, ... More
 
 
 
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Restaurants near The National Trail

What are the best dining options near The National Trail London?
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Mezzanine
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
National Theatre, Upper Ground - South Bank, SE1 | Same location as The National Trail
Modern European Cuisine... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Benugo Bar & Kitchen
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 2 minutes from The National Trail
Benugo is a high class chain of cafes selling handmade sandwiches, salads and desserts. What makes it stand out from the over-crowded coffee shop market is ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
RSJ
London > Restaurants > French restaurants
13A Coin Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The National Trail
French cuisine. Booking advised. Separate room for parties. Tables on patio. ... More
 
 
 
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Education near The National Trail

Near The National Trail
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Career Energy
London > Education > Careers Services
4-6 Staple Inn, Holborn, London WC1V | 14 minutes from The National Trail
Situated in the heart of London, Career Energy – formed in March 2002 - offers comprehensive advice on careers, career change and job searching. They’ll analyse ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 17 minutes from The National Trail
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Method Studio
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R | 17 minutes from The National Trail
Learn to act by becoming the person you are portraying. Think yourself into the role... eat what they would eat, weigh what they would weigh, behave ... More
 
 
 
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The National Trail gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
London Marriott Hotel County Hall Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Westminster Bridge Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from The National Trail
Fancy detoxing in the building where the Greater London Council used to run the city? The Spa at the London Marriott County ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Jubilee Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
3 Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from The National Trail
The concrete promenade along the South Bank greatly benefits from this large patch of green grass for striders, strollers and sightseers to relax on. Not ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Chang's Hapkido Academy
London > Leisure > Martial Arts
Topnotch Health Club, 3 Tudor Street, City, London EC4Y | 9 minutes from The National Trail
Grandmaster Gedo Chang's Hapkido martial arts schools emphasises practical self-defence, confidence, balance and fitness. The ancient Korean martial art of Hapkido is made up of three components: ... More
 
 
 
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Pubs near The National Trail

The best pubs near London The National Trail.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Thirsty Bear
London > Nightlife > Pubs
62 Stamford Street, SE1 | 5 minutes from The National Trail
If you're the kind of drinker who gets thirsty, very thirsty, and you don't have the time or patience to queue for at a very busy ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
King's Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
25 Roupell Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 5 minutes from The National Trail
A short walk from the South Bank Centre, The Old Vic and The National Theatre this traditional old watering hole is a good place to have ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Anchor & Hope
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
36 The Cut, South Bank, London SE1 | 8 minutes from The National Trail
This is a gastropub that takes both parts of its name seriously, and you can certainly have a good evening just popping in to sample some ... More
 
 
 
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Nightlife near The National Trail

The National Trail clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
London > Nightlife > Bars
Belvedere Road, SE1 | 3 minutes from The National Trail
Designed by the Eden Project and run by Company of Cooks, the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden is the place to be on a summer's evening ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Oxo Tower Bar & Brasserie
London > Nightlife > Bars
Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 5 minutes from The National Trail
Boasting one of the best views in town, the Oxo Tower Bar is perfect for combining a spot of leisurely (if static) sightseeing with some classy ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych
London > Nightlife > Bars
1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 8 minutes from The National Trail
Named one of the top five hotel bars in the world by the Sunday Telegraph, the Lobby Bar at the chic One Aldwych hotel is renowned ... More
 
 
 
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Meeting venue hire near The National Trail

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near The National Trail.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Deck at the National Theatre
London > Business > Venue Hire
South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as The National Trail
The Deck is a modern roof-top venue with stunning views over the Thames, available for hire at the National Theatre, part of the Southbank Centre which ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
National Theatre
London > Business > Venue Hire
South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as The National Trail
The greatest theatre in the world? Probably. Each year the three superb venues in the National Theatre put on a significant proportion of the world's best ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Skylon
London > Business > Venue Hire
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The National Trail
The Royal Festival Hall's refurbishment has done away with 'The People's Palace', the marvellously 1950s restaurant that used to occupy this space, and replaced it with ... More
 
 
 

National Theatre events

 
Poems That Make Grown Men Cry: Poetry ReadingPoems That Make Grown Men Cry: Poetry ReadingReadings of poems by well-known literary figures.29th April 2014Tuesday 29th April 2014 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
Category: event
On Soon
Poems That Make Grown Men Cry: Poetry Reading
event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Poetry & Readings
DATES  Tuesday 29th April 2014 - 6pm
VENUE  National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 
Readings of poems by well-known literary figures.
The BlondettesThe BlondettesVocal jazz trio Alice Gimblett, Claire Harbourne and Freya Ward-Smith rework pop sings from the likes of ABBA, Adele, Beyonce and James Brown.1st May 2014Thursday 1st May 2014 Where:
National Theatre,   South Bank  South Bank    SE1 9PX
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
The Blondettes
event > Concerts > Jazz, Blues, Country and Folk - Gospel | PRICING  Free  
DATES  Thursday 1st May 2014 - 5pm-8pm
VENUE  National Theatre 
Vocal jazz trio Alice Gimblett, Claire Harbourne and Freya Ward-Smith rework pop sings from the likes of ABBA, Adele, Beyonce and James Brown.
The Silver TassieThe Silver TassieThe Silver TassieThe dazzling Harry Heegan is off to war, following the football team's latest victory in The Silver Tassie, Sean O'Casey's powerful, huge and rarely performed anti-war play of 1928 which comes to the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre this spring. Harry, played by Ronan Raftery, arrives at the trenches and finds a nightmarish world, where his fel1st May 2014Wednesday 21st May 2014 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
Category: event
On Soon
The Silver Tassie
event > Theatre > Dramas
DATES  15th April to 21st May 2014
VENUE  National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 
The dazzling Harry Heegan is off to war, following the football team's latest victory in The Silver Tassie, Sean O'Casey's powerful, huge and rarely performed anti-war play of 1928 which comes to the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre this spring. Harry, played by Ronan Raftery, arrives at the trenches and finds a nightmarish world, where his fel... More about this event
 
Yellow FaceYellow FaceWritten by Tony award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang, Yellow Face is an exploration on the impact race has had for the East Asian populace in the United States. This "enjoyably slick" "staged mockumentary" (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) straddles the line between reality and fiction, questioning what race really means. This "supe5th May 2014Saturday 24th May 2014 Where:
National Theatre,   South Bank  South Bank    SE1 9PX
Category: event
On Soon
Yellow Face
event > Theatre > Comedies
DATES  5th to 24th May 2014
VENUE  National Theatre 
Written by Tony award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang, Yellow Face is an exploration on the impact race has had for the East Asian populace in the United States. This "enjoyably slick" "staged mockumentary" (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) straddles the line between reality and fiction, questioning what race really means. This "supe... More about this event
Craig Brown And FriendsCraig Brown And FriendsBrown and guests celebrate 25 years with Private Eye.9th May 2014Friday 9th May 2014 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
Category: event
On Soon
Craig Brown And Friends
event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Talks & Lectures
DATES  Friday 9th May 2014 - 6pm
VENUE  National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 
Brown and guests celebrate 25 years with Private Eye.
First World War PoetryFirst World War PoetryFeaturing readings by Kenneth Cranham.16th May 2014Friday 16th May 2014 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
Category: event
On Soon
First World War Poetry
event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Poetry & Readings
DATES  Friday 16th May 2014 - 6pm
VENUE  National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 
Featuring readings by Kenneth Cranham.
O'Casey: Beyond Dublin: TalkO'Casey: Beyond Dublin: TalkMairead Delaney, Wayne Jordan and James Moran discuss the later work of Sean O'Casey.17th May 2014Saturday 17th May 2014 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
Category: event
On Soon
O'Casey: Beyond Dublin: Talk
event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Talks & Lectures
DATES  Saturday 17th May 2014 - 10.30am
VENUE  National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 
Mairead Delaney, Wayne Jordan and James Moran discuss the later work of Sean O'Casey.
The Animals and Children Took to the StreetsThe Animals and Children Took to the StreetsThe Animals and Children Took to the StreetsAvant-garde theatre quartet 1927 returns to the National Theatre following two sell-out runs here to present The Animals and Children Took to the Streets, a show featuring storytelling, animation, live music and performance, set in a slum tenement block. Created by the company's co-founders, poet Suzanne Andrade and film-maker Paul Barritt, the sho23rd May 2014Monday 26th May 2014 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
Category: event
On Soon
The Animals and Children Took to the Streets
event > Theatre > Specialist
DATES  23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th May 2014
VENUE  National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 
Avant-garde theatre quartet 1927 returns to the National Theatre following two sell-out runs here to present The Animals and Children Took to the Streets, a show featuring storytelling, animation, live music and performance, set in a slum tenement block. Created by the company's co-founders, poet Suzanne Andrade and film-maker Paul Barritt, the sho... More about this event
 
Polly Stenham: HotelPolly Stenham: HotelPolly Stenham: HotelA new play by 'That Face' writer Polly Stenham, Hotel comes to The Shed from 31st May. In this tropical thriller, set on a secluded desert island, Robert and the family are getting away from it all. But beyond the white sand and beautiful sunsets a storm is coming and we soon find out the cost of integrity. Stenham, who made her playwriting debut i31st May 2014Saturday 2nd August 2014 Where:
National Theatre,   South Bank  South Bank    SE1 9PX
Category: event
 
Polly Stenham: Hotel
event > Film Events > Film - Thriller
DATES  31st May to 2nd August 2014
VENUE  National Theatre 
A new play by 'That Face' writer Polly Stenham, Hotel comes to The Shed from 31st May. In this tropical thriller, set on a secluded desert island, Robert and the family are getting away from it all. But beyond the white sand and beautiful sunsets a storm is coming and we soon find out the cost of integrity. Stenham, who made her playwriting debut i... More about this event
 
Mark Thomas: 100 Acts Of Minor DissentMark Thomas: 100 Acts Of Minor DissentAnarchic and satirical humour as the stand-up and political activist catalogues his attempts to make 100 actions of mischief in one year.2nd June 2014Monday 2nd June 2014 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
Category: event
 
Mark Thomas: 100 Acts Of Minor Dissent
event > Comedy > Stand-Up
DATES  Monday 2nd June 2014 - 7.30pm
VENUE  National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 
Anarchic and satirical humour as the stand-up and political activist catalogues his attempts to make 100 actions of mischief in one year.
 

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A Taste Of Honey
A Taste Of Honey
Theatre | Until 5th April 2014 

National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre

Covering race, class, gender and sexual orientation, A Taste of Honey was a great defining and taboo-breaking play of the ...More

 
Martin Creed: What's the point of it?
Martin Creed: What's the point of it?
Exhibitions | Until 5th May 2014 

The Hayward Gallery 2 minutes walk from National Theatre

He got all the bells ringing in the country at the same time to launch the cultural Olympic celebration in ...More

 
Prince Rama Varma Of Kerala, India Presents South Indian Carnatic Classical Music
Concerts | On 25th April 2014 

Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

Indian Classical Carnatic roots vocal music from the descendant of the legendary composer Maharaja Swathi Thirunal and the painter Raja ...More

Pull Out All The Stops - An Organ Celebration
Pull Out All The Stops - An Organ Celebration
Concerts | Until 7th June 2014 

Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

Celebrating the complete restoration and return of the Royal Festival Hall's organ, the Southbank Centre is hosting Pull Out All ...More

 
Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras And Alexander Melnikov
Concerts | On 25th April 2014 

Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

The trio performs Haydn's Piano Trio In D, Beethoven's Piano Trio In E Flat and Schumann's Piano Trio No 3 ...More

Friday Night Freakshow
Theatre | Until 27th June 2014 

Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

EastEnd Cabaret's deviant diva Bernadette Byrne and half-moustachioed musician Victor Victoria host a dark and twisted night of burlesque and ...More

A Small Family Business
A Small Family Business
Theatre | Until 31st May 2014 

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

Nigel Lindsay stars as Jack McCracken, a principled man horrified at the extent of the greed in his extended family, ...More

 
Udderbelly Festival
Udderbelly Festival
Comedy | Until 13th July 2014 

Southbank Centre 5 minutes walk from National Theatre

Look out for an upside-down purple cow as you're crossing over the Golden Jubilee footbridge to the Southbank Centre from ...More

 
Rosie Whiting: Piano Recital: Contemporary Inspirations
Concerts | On 25th April 2014 

1901 Arts Club 5 minutes walk from National Theatre

The pianist performs works by Scarlatti, Tansy Davies, Chopin, Douglas Finch and Liszt....More

Retro Feva
Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 30th May 2014 

Walkabout Temple 5 minutes walk from National Theatre

DJ Wedgee plays pop, disco and electro from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s....More

 
 
 
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