National Theatre – Lyttelton Theatre London

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National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre
Address: Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest Underground or Train Station: 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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How do I get to the National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre?
Public transport is recommended to travel to the National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre.  The nearest underground or train stations are Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line). If arriving by bus, then the nearest bus lines are 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68, RV1 .  For directions to the National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre see our Google Maps directions or Apple Maps directions.
Is there a dress code at the National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre?
There is no specific dress code at the National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre, with most people just wearing their everyday clothes.
Does the National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre have air conditioning or air cooling?
Yes, the National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre has an Air Conditioning system.
What is the Accessibility at the National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre?
National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre accessibility information
Access phone number: 020 7452 3000
Access email address: boxoffice@nationaltheatre.org.uk / access@nationaltheatre.org.uk
Accessible toilets situated: Foyers - 9, including Understudy Bar
Number of Wheelchair spaces: Stalls (x5 in Olivier, x4 in Lyttelton, x2 in Dorfman)
Sound amplification: Induction Loop in Olivier and Lyttelton, Sennheiser Infrared in Olivier, Lyttelton and Dorfman
Access from street to foyer: Level access
Access from theatre foyer to seats (number = stairs): 1 to back of Olivier, 0 to back of Lyttelton and Dorfman, All have steps leading down towards the front
Level access: Lyttelton and Dorfman
Stair lift, lift or ramp available: Lifts to all levels
How many seats are in the National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre?
The National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre has 890 seats.

National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre Facts

What date did the National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre open?

16 March 1976

Who designed the National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre?

Sir Denys Lasdun and Peter Softley

What was the first production at the National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre?

Shakespeare's Hamlet


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Theatre History

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

Designed by Denys Lasdun, the Lyttelton is a proscenium theatre, conventional in its basic shape though exceptional in the excellence of its sightlines and acoustics.

The first production in the Lyttelton was on 16 March 1976, with a performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet starring Albert Finney, directed by Peter Hall.


Theatre Previous Shows

Past shows that have played at the National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre include:

'Master Harold'... And The Boys
Jane Eyre
Here We Go
The Motherf**cker with the Hat
Man and Superman
Dara
JOHN
Ballyturk
3 Winters
Great Britain
A Taste Of Honey

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