National Theatre - Olivier

Tickets for events at National Theatre - Olivier

Olivier, South Bank, London, London, SE1 9PX

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Venue Information

The largest of the National's three theatres, the Olivier, is built in the style of an amphitheatre with a fan-shaped auditorium. It seats about 1,100 people on two levels: Stalls and Circle. The National Theatre's epic productions tend to play here: Chicago company Steppenwolf's 'August: Osage County' and an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's 'War Horse' among them. It was once a large draughty space to fill but in recent years a new generation of very visual directors has transformed the vertical spaces with spectacular sets. The theatre is also pretty proud of its drum revolve - a sort of giant rotating stage that comes complete with set-friendly elevators.



By Tube

The closest tube stations are Waterloo (on the Northern, Bakerloo & Jubilee lines), Southwark (on the Jubilee line) or walk over the Hungerford Bridge from Embankment (on the Northern, Bakerloo, District and Circle lines).

By Train

Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross (across the river via the Hungerford Bridge) are all a 10-15 minute walk from the National.

By Car

The National Theatre is inside the congestion charge zone. The daily charge of ú10 applies between 7am-6pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

By Bus

All the following buses cross Waterloo Bridge: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68, Riverside Bus (RV1 - which also stops on Upper Ground which runs by the back of the National Theatre). 77 (Upper Ground near the Festival Hall), 211 & 507 (Waterloo Road near the main station), 381 (Stamford Street). 45, 63 & 100 all stop at the southern end of Blackfriars Bridge, and there is a 10 minute walk along the riverside to the National.


Car Park - National Theatre basement Opening times are 6am to 1am. The entrance to the car park is now on the west (Waterloo Bridge) side of the building. Spaces in the basement car park are ú8.00 after 5.00pm or if you attend a daytime ticketed event and leave before 7pm. Combined matinee and evening show rate ú14. Validation must be obtained from the Information Desk. Sundays/public holidays: ú8.00 all day. (omit one hour free)


Wheelchair Access

Please call 020 7452 3000 to book and for more information.

Hearing Systems

An infrared audio system is available in the theatre. Two types of hearing enhancement are available: headsets for people who don't use hearing aids, or neck loops for use with a hearing aid by switching it to the 'T' position.

Guide Dogs

Assistance dogs can be taken into the auditorium. Please contact the venue to let them know before booking on 020 7452 3281.

General Access Info

For access information or to book, call 020 7452 3000 or email