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Backstage Tours

Backstage Tours Daily
Running Time: 75 mins

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

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Individuals: £10  (Concessions £8.75)
Entry Pass Members: £5 (not available to book online – please email to book)
Groups of 8 or more: £8.75 each (not available to book online – please email 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

The Scenic Paint Studio at the National Theatre
National Theatre entrance at night

Family Tours

The next Family Tours are on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 February at 11am.

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 £10  – for each paying adult up to three children go free 

Please email for dates, times and further details and to book.

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

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