American Express Invites

American Express and the National Theatre are working in partnership to provide Cardmembers with access to some of the very best of British theatre. Cardmembers have access to presale tickets and reserved seating for National Theatre productions.

Cardmember booking for the new season is now open, for Medea, The James Plays, Ballyturk, Treasure Island, The Animals and Children Took to the Streets, 100 Acts of Minor Dissent and continuing performances of A Small Family Business, The Silver Tassie and King Lear.

Reserved seating is also available for The Elephantom, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse, A Small Family Business (to 31 May), The Silver Tassie (to 21 May), King Lear (to 28 May) and A Taste of Honey.

Don't forget to submit the first four digits of your card in the 'American Express Invites' box on the first dates page you visit - the performances will then become available to book.

Helen McCrory returns to the National to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power.

Through bold and irreverent storytelling, James I explores the complex character of the colourful Stewart king – poet, lover and law-maker.

A violent royal playground is depicted in James II: a terrifying arena of sharp teeth and long knives.

Like the king himself, James III is colourful and unpredictable, turning its attention to the women at the heart of the royal court.

An ambitious and tender new work by Enda Walsh. Cillian Murphy returns to the National, and is joined by Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea.

This winter, Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story is brought to life on the Olivier stage in a thrilling new adaptation by Bryony Lavery.

Seamlessly synchronizing live music and performance with stunning film and animation, the internationally acclaimed show by 1927 returns in May for just six performances.

Mark Thomas sets himself the task of committing 100 Acts of Minor Dissent in the space of a year and the results are subversive, hilarious, mainly legal and occasionally inspiring.

For children and grown-ups of all ages, the story of one little girl and her larger-than-life friend, brought to life with extraordinary puppetry and theatrical ingenuity.

Alan Ayckbourn’s A Small Family Business, a riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed, returns to the National where it premiered in 1987.

Sean O’Casey’s powerful, huge and rarely performed anti-war play of 1928 displays a jagged madness that belies its Dublin tenement setting and gives full expression to the horror and waste of war.

An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. Simon Russell Beale plays Lear, directed by Sam Mendes.

Written by Shelagh Delaney, A Taste of Honey is one of the great defining and taboo-breaking plays of the 1950s. Kate O'Flynn plays Jo, and Lesley Sharp her mother, Helen.

The National Theatre’s acclaimed production based on Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott.

The National's international smash-hit production, now booking into 2014 at the New London Theatre in the West End.