London: Royal National Theatre

Country: England, United Kingdom
City: London SE1
Location: Southbank / Upper Ground / Waterloo Bridge
Country: England, United Kingdom

Built 1967-1976 by Sir Denys Lasdun. Officially opened 25 Oct 1976 by Queen Elizabeth II. Used for drama performances by the resident company, and for performances by visiting companies. The complex comprises three halls:

  • Olivier Theatre: Named in honour of the British actor and theatre director, Sir Laurence Olivier. Opened 4 Oct with Marlowe's "Tamburlaine The Great". Ca. 1120 seats.
  • Lyttelton Theatre: Named in honour of Oliver Lyttelton, Viscount Chandos, the first chairmain of the National Theatre. Opened 16 Mar 1976 with Shakespeare's "Hamlet". Ca. 890 seats.
  • Cottesloe Theatre: Namd in honour of Lord Cottesloe, chairman of the South Bank Board. OPened 4 Mar 1977 with Ken Campbell's "Illuminatus!". Up to 300 seats.

Notable world premieres:

  • Harold Pinter: Betrayal (15 Nov 1978)
  • Peter Shaffer: Amadeus (2 Nov 1979)
  • Harold Pinter: Other Places (14 Oct 1982)
  • Alan Ayckbourn: A Small Family Business (21 Aug 1987)
  • Tom Stoppard: Arcadia (13 Apr 1993)

Links: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk, Wikipedia, Theatres Trust

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