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Supporting your visit to the National Theatre

Supporting your visit to the National Theatre

Arriving at the National Theatre

The accessible entrance to the Olivier Theatre and Lyttelton Theatre is at the front of the building where there is a ramp in front of Kitchen restaurant. There is also ramp access into the Dorfman Theatre and the barrier on Stage Door Avenue is always up offering close drop off facilities.

All entrances have wide, glass swing doors. 

There is a ramp leading down into the Lyttelton Foyer on the ground floor from the new entrance. 

The floor in the main entrance foyer is a combination of carpets, granite and a hard brick surface by the four main lifts.

The Terrace Bar and Olivier Café have hardwood floors. The rest of the building is carpeted, with the cloakrooms, Lyttelton Long Bar and all other bars edged with granite paving.


River Stage access

Our River Stage Festival takes place outside the National Theatre on a largely flat area and has step free access. 

There are accessible toilets in the Understudy bar, Kitchen cafe and the main building - staff can point you in the right direction. 

Our carpark has wheelchair and lift access. There are 25 concessionary wheelchair spaces, if these are full staff can point you in the right direction for street-level parking.

Extraordinary Bodies: What are you worth? performance are audio described and sign language Interpreted (BSL). Touch tours are available one hour before each show.

Wheelchair Loan

If you'd like to borrow a wheelchair for access to your theatre seat, please phone 020 7452 3000 or email in advance of your visit.

Access Facilities

  • Relaxed performances are aimed at anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment including people with an autistic spectrum condition, sensory or communication disorders, or a learning disability.
  • Braille and Large Print cast lists for all productions.
  • Infra-red audio head sets and personal neck loops available.
  • Script-lending service.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome and can be taken into the auditoriums.
  • Contego wireless audio amplification available for partially hearing people for Backstage Tours.

For more information about these facilities and services:
Call 020 7452 3000 or email