National Theatre – Olivier Theatre London

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


Theatre opened: 4 October 1976
Designed by: Denys Lasdun
First production: Marlowe's Tamburlain
Number of seats: 1,150
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The Olivier Theatre is named after Sir Laurence Olivier; the original Artistic Director of the National Theatre Company at the Old Vic. 

The National Theatre complex was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 25 October 1976.

The Olivier Theatre is the largest of the three theatres at the National but despite its size, it has a concetrated intimacy. 

Two main tiers of steeply raked seats − flanked by side-banks on a higher level − sweep down to the open stage.

No seat is far from an actor's point of command; and the span of the seats matches their effective span of vision. They can hold the audience within the compass of their eyes.



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Saint George and the Dragon at the Olivier Theatre, National
Follies at the National Theatre
The Beaux’ Stratagem at the National Theatre
Everyman at the National Theatre
Treasure Island at the National Theatre


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National Theatre - Olivier Theatre Seating Plan


Transport for London - Theatre Journey Planner for the National Theatre - Olivier Theatre


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