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The WelkinMaxine Peake returns to the National for the first time since 2002 to star in Lucy Kirkwood's new play, The Welkin. The playwright first came to our attention with Chimerica - the hottest ticket in the West End in 2013. She sets this new drama in Suffolk in 1759 whenSally Poppy has been sentenced to hang for murder. When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of twelve matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she's telling the truth. With only one midwife, Lizzy Luke (played by Maxine Peake), prepared to believe the defendant the matrons debate the correct course of action. Directed by James Macdonald, the cast also includes Natasha Cottriall, Cecilia Noble - a "Windrush Lady Bracknell" as Telegraph critic Dominic Cavendish described her in Nine Night - Dawn Sievewright and Ria Zmitrowicz.

 

About National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre

The Lyttelton is one of three theatres which make up the National Theatre. It was built in a proscenium style, but has thoroughly modern sightlines and acoustics. There really is no bad seat here as there are no circle rails or view-blocking pillars. More about National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre

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London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
20 Upper Ground, SE1 | 6 minutes from The Welkin
London landmark Sea Containers House, situated between the OXO Tower and Blackfriars Bridge on the South Bank, was transformed into the Mondrian London in 2014 before ... More
 
 
 
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336-337 The Strand, WC2R | 8 minutes from The Welkin
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1 Addington Street, SE1 | 8 minutes from The Welkin
Close to Waterloo, the 4 star Park Plaza is - as the name suggests - just behind County Hall. Near to the Thames, it's also convenient ... More
 
 
 
 
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Stella: Filskit Theatre (Ages 3-8)
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: Wednesday 19th February 2020 at 2.45pm & Thursday 20th February 2020 at 11.30am and 2.30pm
The Welkin, Belvedere Road, SE1 | 3 minutes from The Welkin
The story of Stella, a Star Engineer, is told using projection, live performance and aerial circus....More
 
 
 
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The Quest For The Treasure Chest With ShayShay
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: Thursday 20th February 2020 at 11am and 1.30pm
The Welkin, Belvedere Road, SE1 | 3 minutes from The Welkin
Set sail for adventure with ShayShay, Sophie Brain and Mahatma Khandi in search of the greatest treasure in the world....More
 
 
 
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The Lion King
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 24th September - 30th May 2020
The Welkin, 21 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 8 minutes from The Welkin
The Lion King tells the story of Simba - the epic adventure of his battles, his friendships, his dreams and his journey from wide-eyed cub to ...More
 
 
 
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National Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
South Bank, South Bank, , South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as The Welkin
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 ... More
 
 
 
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National Theatre: Dorfman
London > Entertainment > Theatres
South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as The Welkin
In place of the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre, which closed in 2013, the Dorfman Theatre offers a greater capacity, more comfortable seats, better sightlines and enlarged ... More
 
 
 
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National Theatre: Dorfman Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
National Theatre, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as The Welkin
Replacing the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre, which closed in 2013, the Dorfman Theatre offers a greater capacity, more comfortable seats, better sightlines and enlarged foyer spaces. ... More
 
 
 
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near The Welkin
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Southbank Centre Beach
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
Queens Walk, SE1 | 2 minutes from The Welkin
Every summer, from the end of May until the beginning of September, the Southbank Centre brings the beach to ... More
 
 
 
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The Hayward Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 2 minutes from The Welkin
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
 
 
 
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Gabriel's Wharf
London > Attractions > Sights
Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The Welkin
Situated just 2 minutes walk from Oxo Tower Wharf, this paved area becomes an oasis of outdoor eating as soon as the sun comes ... More
 
 
 
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Foyles Royal Festival Hall
London > Shopping > Books
Riverside, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The Welkin
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
 
 
 
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Konditor
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
22 Cornwall Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 4 minutes from The Welkin
Konditor specialises in the creation of amazingly tasty cakes which are also sold on to some of the finest restaurants in the city. This, the first ... More
 
 
 
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Oxo Tower and Gabriel's Wharf
London > Shopping > Arts and Crafts
Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 5 minutes from The Welkin
As you stare across the river at this bustling, stylish, multi-faceted venue, it’s hard to believe that this riverside warehouse was once a reprocessing plant for ... More
 
 
 
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Mezzanine
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
National Theatre, Upper Ground - South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as The Welkin
Modern European Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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Benugo Bar & Kitchen
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 2 minutes from The Welkin
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
 
 
 
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Jimmy's Lodge On The River
London > Restaurants >
Thames Path, outside Queen Elizabeth Hall, SE1 | 2 minutes from The Welkin
Dine in your own personal snow globe alongside the Thames this winter. The four glass igloos are part of Jimmy's Lodge On The River created by ... More
 
 
 
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 6 minutes from The Welkin
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
 
 
 
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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 10 minutes from The Welkin
The award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, designed by Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey and awarded the RIBA London Building of the Year Award in 2014, ... More
 
 
 
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 13 minutes from The Welkin
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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Bernie Spain Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Upper Ground, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The Welkin
Located between Oxo Tower Wharf and Gabriel's Wharf, Bernie Spain Gardens is a pleasant green space to stop off on a riverside walk along the South ... More
 
 
 
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Agua Spa London
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Sea Containers London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from The Welkin
Six private treatment rooms, including a couples' suite and a private thermal suite, make up agua Spa within Sea Containers London. Bringing a new concept ... More
 
 
 
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London Marriott Hotel County Hall Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Westminster Bridge Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from The Welkin
Fancy detoxing in the building where the Greater London Council used to run the city? The Spa at the London Marriott County ... More
 
 
 
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The Thirsty Bear
London > Nightlife > Pubs
62 Stamford Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 5 minutes from The Welkin
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
 
 
 
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King's Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
25 Roupell Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 5 minutes from The Welkin
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
 
 
 
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Doggett's Coat and Badge
London > Nightlife > Pubs
1 Blackfriars Bridge, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from The Welkin
Functional, multi-purpose pub whose saving grace is its excellent Southbank location and views of the river. Doggett's Coat and Badge could hardly be described as a ... More
 
 
 
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Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
London > Nightlife > Bars
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The Welkin
Designed by the Eden Project, the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden is the place to be on a summer's evening for stunning sundown views over the ... More
 
 
 
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Oxo Tower Bar & Brasserie
London > Nightlife > Bars
Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 5 minutes from The Welkin
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
 
 
 
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Somerset House Terrace
London > Nightlife > Bars
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 6 minutes from The Welkin
For summer 2019 the riverside terrace next to Somerset House is partnering with San Miguel beer to offer a summery menu of Spanish-inspired ... More
 
 
 
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The Deck at the National Theatre
London > Business > Venue Hire
South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as The Welkin
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
 
 
 
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National Theatre
London > Business > Venue Hire
South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as The Welkin
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
 
 
 
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Skylon
London > Business > Venue Hire
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The Welkin
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: Lyttelton Theatre events

 
The WelkinThe WelkinThe WelkinMaxine Peake returns to the National for the first time since 2002 to star in Lucy Kirkwood's new play, The Welkin. The playwright first came to our attention with Chimerica - the hottest ticket in the West End in 2013. She sets this new drama in Suffolk in 1759 whenSally Poppy has been sentenced to hang for murder. When she claims to be pregnant, 2020-02-20T00:00:00+00002020-05-23T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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event > Theatre > Dramas
PRICING  £20-£89
DATES  15th January to 23rd May 2020
VENUE  National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 
Maxine Peake returns to the National for the first time since 2002 to star in Lucy Kirkwood's new play, The Welkin. The playwright first came to our attention with Chimerica - the hottest ticket in the West End in 2013. She sets this new drama in Suffolk in 1759 whenSally Poppy has been sentenced to hang for murder. When she claims to be pregnant, ... More about this event
 
The Seven Streams of the River OtaThe Seven Streams of the River OtaThe Seven Streams of the River OtaMarking 75 years since the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, The Seven Streams of the River Ota returns to London in 2020. As part of a world tour, the production will be given nine performances at the National Theatre, where it was originally staged back in 1996. The theatrical masterpiece by Robert Lepage traces the survivors of the bombing and their2020-03-06T00:00:00+00002020-03-22T00:00:00+0000 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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event > Theatre > Dramas
PRICING  £30-£125
DATES  6th to 22nd March 2020
VENUE  National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 
Marking 75 years since the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, The Seven Streams of the River Ota returns to London in 2020. As part of a world tour, the production will be given nine performances at the National Theatre, where it was originally staged back in 1996. The theatrical masterpiece by Robert Lepage traces the survivors of the bombing and their... More about this event
 
The Seven Streams Of River OtaThe Seven Streams Of River OtaTo mark 75 years since the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Robert Lepage's seven-hour theatrical experience charts survivors and their descendants across five decades in English, French, German and Japanese with English subtitles.2020-03-06T15:00:00+00002020-03-22T00:00:00+0000 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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The Seven Streams Of River Ota
ManorManorManorA new play by Moira Buffini, Manor sees Olivier Award-winning actors Nancy Carroll and Ben Daniels take to the National Theatre stage. When a violent storm sweeps the coast, several strangers seek refuge in Diana Stuckley's run-down manor house, which is in danger of losing its roof to the winds. One such stranger is Ted Farrier, a charismatic lead2020-04-07T00:00:00+01002020-06-06T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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event > Theatre > Dramas
PRICING  £15-£89
DATES  7th April to 6th June 2020
VENUE  National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 
A new play by Moira Buffini, Manor sees Olivier Award-winning actors Nancy Carroll and Ben Daniels take to the National Theatre stage. When a violent storm sweeps the coast, several strangers seek refuge in Diana Stuckley's run-down manor house, which is in danger of losing its roof to the winds. One such stranger is Ted Farrier, a charismatic lead... More about this event
 
 

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London Philharmonic Orchestra
Concerts | On 22nd February 2020 

Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from The Welkin

Dima Slobodeniouk conducts Jorg Widmann's Lied For Orchestra, Ravel's Sheherazade and Beethoven's Symphony No 3 (Eroica), with mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton....More

Sam And Mark's On The Road Show
Theatre | On 22nd February 2020 

Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from The Welkin

CBBC stars Sam and Mark present a rib-tickling show full of sketches, music, jokes, games and gags....More

BBC Concert Orchestra
Concerts | On 22nd February 2020 

Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from The Welkin

Anna-Maria Helsing conducts Copland, Vivaldi, Piazzolla, Shostakovich, Jennifer Higdon, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Errollyn Wallen, Welner and Quincy Jones....More

My Brilliant Friend - Part One
Theatre | Until 22nd February 2020 

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre 3 minutes walk from The Welkin

Celebrated author Lenu Greco recalls a lifelong friendship which began on the streets of post-war Naples more than 60 years ...More

Extinction Underground
Theatre | On 22nd February 2020 

The Vaults 7 minutes walk from The Welkin

A weird and wonderful celebration of the success of Extinction Rebellion protesters in putting the climate emergency at the heart ...More

The Misadventures Of David And Sam
Theatre | Until 23rd February 2020 

The Vaults 7 minutes walk from The Welkin

Physical theatre and comedy from Al Dente Theatre as two farmers, under the eye of their rumbustious Gran, portray untold ...More

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures Of Baron Munchausen
Comedy | Until 21st March 2020 

The Vaults 7 minutes walk from The Welkin

Award-winning comedians and improvisors tell extravagant stories all based on the Adventures Of Baron Munchausen....More

Saturday At The Boat Show Comedy Club
Comedy | On 22nd February 2020 

Tattershall Castle 7 minutes walk from The Welkin

Smart observations and social and political anecdotes from Nathan Caton. Plus Zoe Lyons, Jeff Innocent and MC Thanyia Moore....More

Aamira And Gad
Theatre | Until 7th March 2020 

The Vaults 7 minutes walk from The Welkin

Bee In My Beanie present an immersive theatre experience which explores the role of storytelling and narrative in conflict situations....More

Clown-Hearted
Theatre | Until 23rd February 2020 

The Vaults 7 minutes walk from The Welkin

Clodhopper's Owen Jenkins and Leonie Spilsbury explore mental health through interactive physical comedy without dialogue....More

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Mama London

Eccentric east London hotel Mama London presents an ...More

 
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Lewis Cubitt Park and Square

Described as a 'multi-sensory sonic theme park' Darkfield ...More

 
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Royal Albert Hall

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At the intersection of design, contemporary art and research, Italian design duo Formafantasma examines the ...More

 
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Sadler's Wells Theatre

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