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Our spaces

The National Theatre is home to three theatres, spacious foyers, two learning spaces and an events hire venue on the South Bank of the Thames, in central London.

National Theatre building, main entrance exterior with name in raised lettering on the lower terrace balcony and people walking in the square in front.

The National Theatre is on the South Bank, just minutes from Covent Garden, the West End and Waterloo.

The main entrance is on the riverside walkway, facing west, close to Waterloo Bridge.

The address is National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX.

For information on travelling to the National Theatre, visit our Getting here page.

Our theatres

The Clore Learning Centre

Please note: the spaces in the Clore Learning Centre and the John Lyons Education Studio are unavailable for hire until July 2024.

The Learning Centre houses the Duffield Studio and Cottesloe Room.

You can get to the Learning Centre via the Dorfman Theatre entrance, which has ramped access and an automated door, and is on the east side of the National Theatre.

The Cottesloe Room set up lecture-hall style

Cottesloe Room

The Cottesloe Room is a seminar space ideal for talks, events and small-scale workshops.

Access via three steps from the Dorfman foyer, or accessible lift.

A group of people in a workshop at the Duffield Studio

Duffield Studio

The Duffield Studio is a large studio space. It is designed for practical workshops covering aspects of theatre craft from scenic art to lighting design.

Access is via accessible lift from the Dorfman foyer.

John Lyons Education Studio (JLES)

Located at the National Theatre Studio, a short walk from the National Theatre and Waterloo Station, next to the Old Vic Theatre on The Cut.

The JLES is a large workshop space designed for movement and text-based workshops.

Access is via a ramp from the front entrance to NT Studio.

Address: John Lyon Education Studio
National Theatre Studio
83 – 101 The Cut

John Lyons Education Studio space, wooded floor, wide windows and tall columns
John Lyons Education Studio, photo by Philip Vile

Hire our rooftop venue for your event

Filming and Photography at the National Theatre

With stunning views across the South Bank and the river Thames the National Theatre offers a fantastic setting for both filming and photography.

Filming and Photography at the National Theatre for Commercial Purposes and Student Photography require permission. Permission request forms are available on the Filming and Photography page.

For more details please contact the Business Development Team on

The National Theatre Studio exterior window by the entrance

The Studio

The Studio is home to the Archive, the John Lyons Learning Centre and the New Work Department of the National Theatre.

National Theatre Studio
83 – 101 The Cut

Racks of dresses in the National Theatre Costume Hire Department

Costume and Props Hire

Our Hire department offers thousands of beautifully crafted costumes, furniture, props and armour from past National Theatre productions. Visit our Hires page for details.

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