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Our theatres and event 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

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.


National Theatre Studio

83 – 101 The Cut

John Lyons Education Studio space, wooded floor, wide windows and tall columns

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.

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.

Looking for venue hire? Our flexible rooftop events venue offers breath-taking panoramic views across the Thames.

Visit the Buffini Chao Deck website for details and bookings


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