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Theatre Tours

Explore the backstage life of the National Theatre.

Theatre Tours

The National Theatre is a working building, producing over 20 new productions every year.

We run four types of tour that offer the opportunity to explore the building and the work that goes on within it, details and links 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

Family Tours

The next Family Tours will take place in August

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 £10  – for each paying adult up to three children go free 

Please email for dates, times and further details and to book.

IET Engineering Open House Day

Part of the Institution of Engineering and Technology Open Day 2017 - a tour for young people ( 10 – 15 ) and parents

More information and book tickets

Olivier Theatre Under construction

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