National Theatre – Olivier, Lyttleton and Dorfman Theatres

Now Playing:  National Theatre   
Address: Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest Underground: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68, RV1
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Theatre opened: 25 October 1976
Designed by: Denys Lasdun
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Other info: The idea for a National Theatre was first muted by Effingham Wilson in 1848. On 19 May 1908 a meeting at the Lyceum Theatre was held to urge the establishment of a National Theatre as a memorial to Shakespeare and included Bernard Shaw, Arthur Wing Pinero, Beerbohm Tree, Johnston Forbes-Robertson and Granville Barker. Sites were purchased for a proposed theatre in 1913 (to the rear of the British Museum) and 1937 (opposite the V&A) but the current South Bank site was eventually selected. In July 1962 it was decided that the Old Vic Theatre would become temporary home of the specially created National Theatre company pending the creation of its own new building, and the company's first performance was at the Old Vic on 22 October 1963 under Artistic Director Sir Laurence Olivier. The Queen officially opened the National Theatre complex on 25 October 1976.


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Transport for London - Theatre Journey Planner for the National Theatre


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