Backstage Tours

Our knowledgeable and entertaining guides will lead you through backstage areas, following in the footsteps of the greatest theatre-makers, and reveal the secrets that bring our work to the stage.

For further information and to find out when tours are operating, please e-mail tours@nationaltheatre.org.uk or call 020 7452 3000.

Backstage Tours

Explore the backstage life of the National Theatre.

The National Theatre is a working building, producing over 20 new productions every year. Preparation for the shows, including rehearsals, prop and costume-making all happen on site. No two tours are ever the same, so come and see what’s happening behind the scenes today

Backstage Tours
Daily tours exploring the unseen areas of the theatre and giving you a glimpse into the backstage world.

Tickets
Individuals: £9 (Concessions £8)
Entry Pass Members: £5 (not available to book online – please email tours@nationaltheatre.org.uk to book)
Groups of 8 or more: £8 each (not available to book online – please email to book)

After Curtain Down Tour
Wednesday 19 August (The Motherf**cker with the Hat)

A chance to explore the Lyttelton stage moments after curtain down on the evening’s performance. Your guide will reveal some of the secrets behind the production and lead the group through the backstage areas.

Numbers strictly limited. Tours can be booked separately or in combination with the 7.30pm show. Contact the Box Office for tickets.

Tour tickets £6 (no reductions)
Tour starts at 9.30pm from the Box Office and lasts around 45 minutes. 

Architecture Tours
Free, booking required.
Selected Saturday afternoons in July and August. 
For details, dates and to book, visit Concrete Reality Architecture Tours

Family Tours - Half term and holidays
Specially tailored backstage tours for you and your family, available during the school holidays. 

  • Visit unseen and backstage areas
  • Handle props from previous productions
  • Try out some costumes

Tickets £9 – for each paying adult up to three children go free.
Tours last approx. 60 minutes and are suitable for children aged 5-12. The National Theatre is a working building and we regret that we cannot take children under the age of 5.

Present your Family Tour tickets to get great discounts in our cafes, restaurants and bookshop.

Costume Tours
See the craft and skill of the NT’s costume team including the cutting room, dye shop and wig room.
Selected Saturdays, 10am,
Tickets £12.50. Tours last approx 2hrs.

For more information contact the Box Office on 0207 452 3000.

Access
For the hearing impaired (including hearing aid users) the Contego system, an easy-to-use wireless listening device, is now available for use on Backstage Tours. Please inform us at the time of booking if you would like to use the Contego system, or if you have any additional access requirements.

For further information on tour times, availability and group bookings email tours@nationaltheatre.org.uk

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