Home » Theatres » National Theatre – Lyttelton Theatre London

National Theatre - Lyttleton Theatre

National Theatre – Lyttelton Theatre London

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 Facts & History

Date opened: 16 March 1976
Theatre designed by: Denys Lasdun
First production: Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Number of seats: 890
Other info:

Theatre named after Oliver Lyttleton, the first chairman of the National Theatre Board. The Queen officially opened the National Theatre complex on 25 October 1976.

The Lyttelton is a proscenium theatre, conventional in its basic shape though not in the excellence of its sightlines and acoustics.

There are no eye-blocking pillars, circle rails, or other familiar hazards and you can see and hear almost equally well from each of its 890 seats.

The stalls are on the ground floor, with the circle reached via its own lift and stairs, on the level above. There is a bar in the foyers on each floor.

Scroll to Top