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American Express® Experiences

American Express and the National Theatre have been working in partnership since 2011, to provide Cardmembers with exclusive access to presale tickets and reserved seating for National Theatre productions, at the South Bank and for shows that transfer to the West End.

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Presale and reserved seating

Reserved seating for American Express Cardmembers is available for these productions:

  • Mnemonic
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • The Hot Wing King
  • Ballet Shoes
  • Coriolanus
  • A Tupperware of Ashes
  • The Other Place
  • The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Dear England
  • Hadestown at the Lyric Theatre – booking is via Nimax Theatres

American Express Cardmember access

To check and book presale and reserved seating availability for American Express Cardmembers:

  • visit any of the show pages listed below
  • click on the ‘Dates and select tickets’ link
  • then enter the first four digits of your Card number (the long number on the front of the Card) using the ‘Unlock Amex tickets’ link.

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Reserved seating for American Express Cardmembers

Available for these productions at the National Theatre and in the West End:

Reserved seating for American Express Cardmembers available directly from the West End theatres and The Lowry.

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Hadestown at the Lyric Theatre

The Tony and Grammy Award®-winning musical phenomenon by singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin, made its long-awaited West End premiere in February 2024.

Tickets available directly from Nimax Theatres in the West End

Info and tickets – Lyric Theatre

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Dear England at The Lowry

James Graham’s Olivier-Award winning smash-hit, directed by Rupert Gould, plays at The Lowry for four weeks: 29 May – 29 June 2025.

Tickets available directly from The Lowry

Info and tickets – The Lowry


Cardmember Benefits

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Behind the Scenes with American Express

Saturdays at 5.15pm
Running Time: 1 hour approx

Go behind the scenes at the National Theatre on a complimentary guided tour.

Find out how the National Theatre stages numerous world-class productions every year and discover how props, scenery and special effects are all created at our South Bank home.

Led by one of our expert guides, this 60-minute tour looks into our carpentry, props and scenic painting workshops to see our sets being made ready for the stage, and also includes a visit to at least one of our three auditoriums.

Book now for tours to 30 March

Book now for tours from 6 April

For booking details and Terms and Conditions:

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American Express Cardmembers receive 10% off at National Theatre bars.

Visit any of our Theatre Bars at the National Theatre Southbank and receive 10% off when you pay on your American Express® Card.

Offer includes house beers and lagers, house wines (175ml), single spirit and mixer, soft drinks and snacks.
Please make your server aware you are paying with your American Express Card to benefit from this offer.

Terms and conditions apply:

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American Express Cardmembers receive 10% off at National Theatre bookshop.

Visit our bookshop at the National Theatre Southbank and receive 10% off when you pay on your American Express® Card.

Terms and conditions apply:

American Express and the National Theatre

American Express supports the National Theatre through several different strands of commercial and philanthropic activity on both sides of the Atlantic.

As well as being the National Theatre’s Preferred Payment Partner, American Express also supports a number of individual productions – these have included Pinocchio at the South Bank, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Beginning in the West End and the critically acclaimed production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America in New York.

The American Express Foundation is also a valued supporter of the National Theatre and since 2011 has provided vital funding to expand the reach of the National’s work.