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Backstage Tours

Tours are currently suspended
Running Time: 75 mins

Explore the backstage life of the National Theatre.

The National Theatre creates over 20 new productions every year. Join a tour and see preparation for the shows, including set-building and props-making in our workshops. No two tours are ever the same, so come and see what’s happening behind-the-scenes today.

Backstage Tours
Tours run Monday - Saturday, exploring the unseen areas of the theatre and giving you a glimpse into the backstage world.

Book online


Individuals: £13  (Concessions £9.50) Click here to book online
Entry Pass Members: £5 (not available to book online – please email [email protected] to book)
Groups of 8 or more: £9.50 each (not available to book online – please email [email protected] to book)

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 [email protected]

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Costume, Wigs, Hair and Make Up Tours

See the craft and skill of the NT’s costume team including cutting room, dye shop and wig room

Tickets: Individuals £15.50

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Afternoon Tea & Tour

Follow your tour with a theatre-inspired Afternoon Tea

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Follow your tour with a theatre-inspired Afternoon Tea

Book now

Family Tours - Children Go Free

Treat your family to a backstage pass with one of our specially tailored family tours.  Visit unseen and backstage areas of the theatre, discover props from past National Theatre productions and try on a costume! 

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. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults accompanied by a child. Each adult may only be responsible for a maximum of 3 children.

Tickets £13  – for each paying adult up to three children go free. 

The next Family Tours are:

20 February 2020

21 February 2020

To book or to find out more information please email [email protected].

Give the Gift of a Theatre Tour

Purchase gift vouchers for our Theatre Tours, perfect as a gift for friends and family.

Vouchers can be used for tours and tickets bought via our website.

Buy a voucher