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Access to the Olivier Theatre

Olivier Theatre interior photo

Access to the Olivier Theatre

The largest of the National's three theatres, the Olivier, is built in the style of an amphitheatre with a fan-shaped auditorium.

It has seating for about 1,100 people on two levels: Stalls and Circle. To reach either level, use one of the four lifts from the main foyer on the Ground Floor, as directed by our staff.

Direct access from the underground car park is available during National Theatre opening times.

Please contact us on 020 7452 3961 or [email protected] should you require advice about our most accessible seat location.

Olivier Exhibition Level Foyer: Level 1

The Exhibition level is 11 steps up from the nearest lift on Level 1, and there's a chair lift. There's also an accessible toilet on Level 1.

Olivier Stalls Foyer: Level 2

Access is via the main lifts or by stairs. From here, you can also go outside to the Bank of America Terrace via two ramps. The Box Office is open 90 minutes before Olivier performances, and the bookstall and two bars one hour before.

Olivier Stalls Seating: Level 2

From Level 2, there's flat access to five wheelchair spaces at the back of the Stalls. The back row (R) is one small step up, next to the accessible seating, and there are 25 steps down to row A at the front. There's no handrail on the centre aisle. The side Stalls are raised and will be awkward for anyone with limited mobility. There's an accessible toilet on the way into the auditorium.

Olivier Circle Foyer: Level 3

The entrance to seating in the Circle is on this level, as well as the Circle Bar. There's also a bar and small seating area, a chair lift down to the Olivier Café and access to the outside terrace (via one deep step). The Ashcroft Room, for private functions, is also on Level 3.

Olivier Circle Seating: Level 3

There is level access from the entrance to row G at the back, with 18 steps down to row A at the front. The Circle steps are quite steep with handrails on all aisles.