The National Theatre foyers are open from 10am Monday to Saturday.
Opening times on bank holidays may vary. Please check Your Visit for details.
Covid passes are not currently required.
You can rest assured that all areas, including our theatres, are well ventilated and undergo enhanced cleaning between every show.
Whilst wearing a face covering is no longer mandatory, and we do not enforce face coverings for our visitors or our team, visitors are welcome to wear them if they feel more comfortable.
No, we are currently only offering e-tickets. You will receive these via email after booking, and you can print them at home or show them on a mobile device.
National Theatre, South Bank
Bags smaller than 50cm x 30cm x 20cm can be taken into the auditorium.
All other bags must be left in the cloakroom on the ground floor.
Please note, that to keep everyone safe, all bags are searched upon entry to the building.
West End theatres
Large bags are also not permitted into the auditoriums of our West End productions, and currently cloakrooms are unavailable so if you have a large bag you will be refused entry to the theatre.
No, our theatre bars are open from one hour before the performance, and our Ground Floor public spaces are now open from 10am Mon – Sat, where food and drink is available from the Atrium Café and KERB at The Understudy.
Please note the Ashcroft Room Members Bar is now open when performances are taking place in the Lyttelton and/or Olivier. Details can be found on the Ashcroft Room page.
Details on how to get to the National Theatre can be found in the 'Venues at the National Theatre' section of 'Your Visit', including our car parking and bicycle storage facilities.
Please plan to arrive at the National Theatre 30 minutes before the performance time stated on your ticket. We may not be able to admit people who are not seated in the auditorium by the time the performance begins.
The health and safety of our audiences is incredibly important.
You are therefore able to exchange tickets up to 24 hours before your performance – so if someone in your party feels ill, there’s no need to worry.
Please contact the Box Office on [email protected] with details of your Order Number and the tickets you wish to return.
Please remember, it is important that you do not attend the theatre if you:
- believe you may be infected with COVID-19
- have experienced symptoms in the last 14 days
- have been in close proximity to anyone who has experienced symptoms in the last 14 days
- have arrived in England in the last 14 days from a country where UK quarantine restrictions apply
- have been instructed to self-isolate
We encourage anyone in your group that is clinically vulnerable, or who is in the same household or support bubble as someone who considers themselves vulnerable, to make their own assessment whether they should attend.
Free wi-fi is available throughout our foyer areas. The network name is NT Public and does not require a password. If you have trouble accessing our wi-fi, please visit the box office on the ground floor for information and assistance.
We recommend that you download you tickets and covid pass to your phone prior to arrival at the theatre.
Photography and filming is not permitted in any of our auditoriums but ticket-holders are welcome to take pictures in our foyers to document your visit to the National Theatre.
Filming or commercial photography must be arranged in advance. Please contact us for more details.
See what's on and what's coming up in our South Bank theatre.
National Theatre shows often transfer to the West End, and details can be found in the 'Other venues' section of Your Visit.
There is no longer an ATM machine in the building.
If you still have unanswered questions, please contact us