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Your visit

We're thrilled to have now opened both our Olivier and Dorfman theatres for full capacity performances.

While we prepare for the full reopening of our foyer spaces and Lyttelton theatre, we are only admitting ticket-holders to the building at this time.

Throughout the summer, audiences and members of the public can enjoy food and drink at The Understudy and KERB street food market.

National Theatre exterior entrance barriers

Your visit


Opening times

While we continue preparations for the full reopening of the National Theatre building, we are only admitting ticket-holders at this time.

Our foyers open from 50 minutes before performances. On days when there are matinees, the foyers are closed between performances to allow for cleaning. 

Our carpark remains open and audiences can enjoy The Understudy bar and KERB street food market before the show.

National Theatre Car Park
Our Car Park is open Mondays to Fridays from 6am to midnight, and Saturdays and Sundays 7am to midnight.
The lifts from the Car Park to the main foyer for the Olivier theatre will open 1 hour before the start of the show (6.15pm for 7.15pm evening performances and 12.15pm for 1.15pm performances).
Disabled people, including those attending the Dorfman theatre, should contact our Access line 020 7452 3961 to confirm blue badge parking arrangements.

Find out about the hourly and day rates

Please note that the main National Theatre foyers are currently closed and there is no step-free access from the car park.

Box Office
You can chat to our Box Office team between 11am-6pm Monday to Saturday using the green chat button on the bottom of the page, or email [email protected]
For information about return and refund options, visit our Tickets FAQs

Travel information

Click here for information on travelling to the National Theatre


Our Access pages have information for users with specific access requirements.

The Understudy exterior with passerby

The Understudy bar

Open again, a relaxed and friendly craft beer bar at the National Theatre.

Visit the Understudy

Kerb streetfood stalls outside the National Theatre with people eating on the steps

KERB at the National Theatre

Pick up a range of street food from our partners KERB, located on the South Bank every Thursday to Sunday.

Find out more about KERB

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