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Theatre Tours

Explore the backstage life of the National Theatre.

Theatre Tours

The National Theatre creates over 20 new productions every year and our theatre tours offer you the chance to discover, in person, the secrets that bring these amazing productions to life.

Take a Backstage Tour and go behind-the-scenes . Our Costume Tours explore the work in our cutting room, dye shop and wig room. Our Architecture Tours explore Denys Lasdun's most iconic buidling.

Take a tour of the National Theatre to explore the building and the work that goes on within it. Find out more information on our tours and how to book, using the links below.

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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.


Our Family Tours are suitable for children between 5 – 12 years. 
There is no content suitable for younger children on our other tours and we regret we cannot take babies in arms or buggies.

For further information on tour times, availability and group bookings email


Tour bookers receive 10% off in the National Theatre Bookshop. Please show your ticket at the till, valid on the day of your tour.

Architecture Tours at the National Theatre
Backstage Tours at the National Theatre

Lyttelton Lates tour

A chance to explore the areas around the Lyttelton Theatre moments after the lights go down.

Tickets: Individuals £15

Lyttelton Lates info and tickets

Lyttelton Lates tours - photo of fire-doors backstage

Tours for Two

Create an unforgettable experience with a personalised backstage tour for two of the National Theatre.

Tour for Two info and booking

Backstage Tours
After Hours - a selection of ghoulish props
National Theatre Concrete & Cocktails Tour

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 will be in October.

Please email for further details and to book.

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

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