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National TheatreEach 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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Antony Sher: Author EventAntony Sher: Author EventThe actor in conversation with Sue MacGregor.2015-05-06T14:30:00+01002015-05-06T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Theatre: Cottesloe Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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Stanley Wells: Author EventStanley Wells: Author EventAn informative talk.2015-05-06T18:00:00+01002015-05-06T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Theatre: Cottesloe Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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Light Shining in BuckinghamshireLight Shining in BuckinghamshireLight Shining in BuckinghamshireCaryl Churchill's impassioned drama about a group of rebels, preachers, soldiers and dissenters, who go into battle for the heart and soul of England in the aftermath of a bloody and brutal civil war. Lyndsey Turner, who is set to direct Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre this summer, directs Churchill's early play about the Eng2015-05-07T19:30:00+01002015-06-22T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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event > Theatre > Dramas
DATES  15th April to 22nd June 2015
VENUE  National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 
Caryl Churchill's impassioned drama about a group of rebels, preachers, soldiers and dissenters, who go into battle for the heart and soul of England in the aftermath of a bloody and brutal civil war. Lyndsey Turner, who is set to direct Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre this summer, directs Churchill's early play about the Eng... More about this event
 
Ralph Fiennes: TalkRalph Fiennes: TalkThe actor in conversation.2015-05-15T15:00:00+01002015-05-15T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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Ralph Fiennes: Talk
Civil War: Ancient And Modern: TalkCivil War: Ancient And Modern: TalkEvents in England in the 1640s and more recent parallels.2015-05-21T18:00:00+01002015-05-21T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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Paul Merton: Author EventPaul Merton: Author EventThe comedian discusses his book Only When I Laugh.2015-06-03T18:00:00+01002015-06-03T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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The Motherf**ker With The HatThe Motherf**ker With The HatThe Motherf**ker With The HatStephen Adly Guirgis's profane and hilarious Tony award nominated tale of love and addiction in New York City comes to the National Theatre. Centred on a former drug dealer called Jackie, who is released from prison and attempts to get his life back in order, The Motherf**ker with the Hat is a whip-smart look at how love and addiction finds light e2015-06-10T19:30:00+01002015-07-07T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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event > Theatre > Dramas
DATES  10th June to 7th July 2015
VENUE  National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 
Stephen Adly Guirgis's profane and hilarious Tony award nominated tale of love and addiction in New York City comes to the National Theatre. Centred on a former drug dealer called Jackie, who is released from prison and attempts to get his life back in order, The Motherf**ker with the Hat is a whip-smart look at how love and addiction finds light e... More about this event
 
Stephen Adly Guirgis And Indhu Rubasingham On The Motherf**ker With The Hat: TalkStephen Adly Guirgis And Indhu Rubasingham On The Motherf**ker With The Hat: TalkThe writer and director in conversation.2015-06-18T18:00:00+01002015-06-18T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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Stephen Adly Guirgis And Indhu Rubasingham On The Motherf**ker With The Hat: Talk
Focus On Football: TalkFocus On Football: TalkAn informative discussion.2015-06-19T18:30:00+01002015-06-19T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Theatre: Cottesloe Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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Focus On Football: Talk
A Declaration From The PeopleA Declaration From The PeopleA company of community actors present a devised performance.2015-06-21T19:30:00+01002015-06-21T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Theatre: Cottesloe Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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A Declaration From The People
 

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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

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

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January in London 2012

She Stoops to Conquer National Theatre: Olivier Theatre, SE1 8XZ 24th January 2012 - 28th March 2012 Theatre's version of a rom com, She Stoops to Conquer is...

 
 
February in London 2012

The Death of Klinghoffer London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), WC2N 4ES 25th February 2012 - 9th March 2012 A unique concept: The Death of Klinghoffer is a 1991...

 
 
April in London 2012

World Shakespeare Festival Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, SE1 9DT 23rd April 2012 - 8th September 2012 With 2012 being the year to be proud to be in London, it's...

 
 
June in London 2012

LIFT Festival Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX 11th June 2012 - 8th July 2012 The London International Festival of Theatre (or LIFT, if your prefer) returns to the capital in...

 
 
July in London 2012

Play Without Words Sadler's Wells Theatre, EC1R 4TN 12th July 2012 - 5th August 2012 The sounds of the swinging sixties hit Sadler's Wells as Matthew Bourne's wickedly...

 
 
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With an exciting calendar of events, London 2014 is shaping up to be another special year. Find out the best of what's happening throughout the capital this year with our thorough guide to 2014's finest entertainment.

 
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    Mondrian London
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    336-337 The Strand, WC2R | 8 minutes from National Theatre
    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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    London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £33  42% off
    372 Strand, WC2R | 8 minutes from National Theatre
    This West End Art Deco hotel right on the Strand and next to Covent Garden is in a fantastic location for accessing central London and theatreland. ... More
     
     
     
     
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    Alternative Theatres nearest National Theatre

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    Temporary Theatre (formerly The Shed)
    London > Entertainment > Theatres
    National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 | Same location as National Theatre
    Originally called 'The Shed' when it first opened in March 2013, the Temporary Theatre run by and to the front of the National Theatre, is unmissable ... More
     
     
     
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    National Theatre: Dorfman Theatre
    London > Entertainment > Theatres
    National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 | Same location as National Theatre
    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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    Rambert
    London > Entertainment > Theatres
    99 Upper Ground, SE1 | 3 minutes from National Theatre
    Founded by Marie Rambert in 1926, who was heavily influenced by her work with Diaghilev, Stravinsky and the Ballet Russes, Rambert dance company is one of ... More
     
     
     
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    BFI IMAX Cinema
    London > Entertainment > Cinemas
    1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from National Theatre
    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
     
     
     
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    Southbank Centre
    London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
    Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from National Theatre
    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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    Southbank Centre: Purcell Room
    London > Entertainment > Classical Music
    Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from National Theatre
    Housed in the same modernist block as the Royal Festival Hall and sandwiched between it and the Hayward Gallery, the Purcell Room has a 372-seat auditorium, ... More
     
     
     
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    wonder.land
    London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 27th November 2015 to 30th January 2016
    National Theatre, South Bank, South Bank, SE1 | Same location as National Theatre
    A brand new musical inspired by Alice in Wonderland, wonder.land is Damon Albarn and Moira Buffini's hotly anticipated musical take on Lewis Carroll's much admired ...More
     
     
     
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    Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
    London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 17th December 2014 to 23rd May 2015
    Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 8 minutes from National Theatre
    Olivier-Award winner Tamsin Greig (Episodes, Green Wing, Jumpy, God of Carnage), who made her name as Debbie Aldridge in Radio 4's The Archers, makes her musical ...More
     
     
     
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    War Horse
    London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 28th March 2009 to 13th February 2016
    New London Theatre, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 13 minutes from National Theatre
    This moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I epic War Horse gets a West End transfer to the New London Theatre after two critically acclaimed ...More
     
     
     
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    Sights and Attractions near National Theatre

    The best museums, galleries, attractions near National Theatre
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    The Hayward Gallery
    London > Attractions > Art Galleries
    Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 2 minutes from National Theatre
    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 National Theatre
    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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    The Poetry Library
    London > Attractions > Museums
    Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from National Theatre
    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
     
     
     
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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 National Theatre
    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 & Cook
    London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
    22 Cornwall Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 4 minutes from National Theatre
    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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    Oxo Tower and Gabriel's Wharf
    London > Shopping > Arts and Crafts
    Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 5 minutes from National Theatre
    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, SE1 | Same location as National Theatre
    Modern European Cuisine... More
     
     
     
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    Benugo Bar & Kitchen
    London > Restaurants > British restaurants
    Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 2 minutes from National Theatre
    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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    Brasserie Blanc
    London > Restaurants > French restaurants
    9 Belvedere Road, SE1 | 3 minutes from National Theatre
    Seasonal French fare from Raymond Blanc's team is on offer at 20 brasseries across the UK, including seven in London. In 1996, Raymond opened his first ... More
     
     
     
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    Education near National Theatre

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    Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
    London > Education > Universities and Colleges
    1 Sheffield Street, WC2A | 10 minutes from National Theatre
    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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    Career Energy
    London > Education > Careers Services
    4-6 Staple Inn, Holborn, London WC1V | 14 minutes from National Theatre
    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
     
     
     
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    English [Out There!]
    London > Education > English Language Courses
    10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 17 minutes from National Theatre
    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
     
     
     
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    Agua Bathhouse and Spa
    London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
    Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, SE1 | 6 minutes from National Theatre
    Six private treatment rooms, including a couples' suite and a private thermal suite, make up agua Bathhouse and Spa within Mondrian London at Sea Containers. Bringing ... 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 National Theatre
    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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    Jubilee Gardens
    London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
    3 Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from National Theatre
    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
     
     
     
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    The Thirsty Bear
    London > Nightlife > Pubs
    62 Stamford Street, SE1 | 5 minutes from National Theatre
    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 National Theatre
    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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    The Anchor & Hope
    London > Restaurants > Gastropub
    36 The Cut, South Bank, London SE1 | 8 minutes from National Theatre
    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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    Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
    London > Nightlife > Bars
    Belvedere Road, SE1 | 3 minutes from National Theatre
    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
     
     
     
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    Oxo Tower Bar & Brasserie
    London > Nightlife > Bars
    Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 5 minutes from National Theatre
    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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    Dandelyan
    London > Nightlife > Bars
    Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, SE1 | 6 minutes from National Theatre
    A sumptuous, Art Deco-inspired interior designed by Tom Dixon and views over the South Bank, Dandelyan is no unwanted weed. Instead it's a cut above your ... More
     
     
     
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    Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near National Theatre.
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    The Deck at the National Theatre
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as National Theatre
    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 National Theatre
    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 National Theatre
    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
     
     
     
     

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    Beyond Caring
    Beyond Caring
    Theatre | Until 16th May 2015 

    Temporary Theatre (formerly The Shed)

    This piece on the "emotional fallout of minimum-wage lives is quietly devastating" said Lyn Gardner in The Guardian when Alexander ...More

     
    The Hard Problem
    The Hard Problem
    Theatre | Until 27th May 2015 

    National Theatre: Dorfman Theatre

    Sir Nicholas Hytner's last production at the National before he steps down as Artistic Director will be Tom Stoppard's neuroscience ...More

     
    Boom-Tish!
    Comedy | On 4th May 2015 

    Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

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    Gamelan Novice Course
    Exhibitions | On 4th May 2015 

    Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

    Learn the basic technique of playing the percussion instruments....More

    Campo Viejo Streets Of Spain
    Campo Viejo Streets Of Spain
    Foodie Events | Until 4th May 2015 

    Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

    The four day Streets of Spain festival returns to the South Bank on the first May Bank Holiday of ...More

     
    Shlomo's Beatboxing Adventure For Kids
    Kids Events | Until 25th May 2015 

    Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

    The world record-breaker teaches beatboxing skills....More

    Behind The Beautiful Forevers
    Behind The Beautiful Forevers
    Theatre | Until 5th May 2015 

    National Theatre: Olivier Theatre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

    Meera Syal stars in Behind the Beautiful Forevers, David Hare's adaptation of Katherine Boo's book - "a small classic of ...More

     
    Gypsy
    Gypsy
    Theatre | Until 28th November 2015 

    Savoy Theatre 7 minutes walk from National Theatre

    Imelda Staunton stars as Mama Rose in the West End transfer of the critically acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production of ...More

     
    Mamma Mia!
    Mamma Mia!
    Theatre | Until 25th October 2015 

    Novello Theatre 8 minutes walk from National Theatre

    Through the story-telling magic of the songs of ABBA, we meet Donna, a feisty forty-something single mum, who recalls the ...More

     
    High Society
    High Society
    Theatre | Until 22nd August 2015 

    Old Vic Theatre 8 minutes walk from National Theatre

    Maria Friedman directs this latest production of the Cole Porter musical, High Society, staged at the Old Vic in the ...More

     
     
     
     
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