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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. Your chance to discover the secrets in person that bring these amazing productions to life.

Whatever the time of year, there is always something to experience as we take you behind-the-scenes.

There are several types of tour enabling you to explore the building and the work that goes on within it. Find out what's on offer and book below.

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

Backstage Tours at the National Theatre
National Theatre entrance at night

London Festival of Architecture 2018

Goodbye to a Building; Hello to an Icon

Saturday 16 June, 11am and 3pm
Duration: 3 hours

As part of London Festival of Architecture 2018 a special film screening, tour and archive handling session.

The event includes Archive artefact handling and a screening of the BBC documentary film 'Goodbye to a Building' (c 40mins) which was first screened in 1976, in the month that the NT Company left the Old Vic, and the South Bank venue opened. The screening is followed by a 90mins tour which showcases Lasdun's original intentions and the subsequent NT Future work.

Entry via Dorfman Theatre - screenings will take place in the Clore Learning Centre

Book tickets here

National Theatre entrance Feb 2015

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