Lyttelton Theatre, National

Lyttelton Theatre, National

Lyttelton Theatre, National
South Bank


(10mins) Follow signs for exits to the South Bank. This should lead you to an underground pedestrian passage called ‘Sutton Walk’ that emerges at the South Bank. Turn right and walk along the river Thames until you see the Nat

Please note: the location shown on the map is an approximate location of the theatre. In the majority of cases the theatre will be marked on the map so please make sure you locate the exact location yourself. If the theatre is not shown on the map please make sure you locate the correct road name and take account of the directions.

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Lyttelton Theatre, National Information

Getting There

By Car
If you are driving, there are NCP car parks at the following addresses:

Covent Garden
Parker Street, Parker Mews, London, WC2B 5NT
Selkirk House, Museum Street, London, WC1A 1JP

As these are both north of the river they are not ideal. Driving to this venue may not be the best idea!

You can see these, and other NCP car parks on their website http://www.ncp.co.uk/
Don't forget to pay the £11.50 (£1 less if you register, but that costs you £10 for a car) daily congestion charge for central London which applies from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays, if you are driving into London.

Alternatively, plan your journey using Transport for London journey planner https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/

In The Area

Cash/ATM - the banks are not that close, so maybe if you need cash get it before you go! HSBC is located about a 20 minute walk away on Fleet Street; Barclays is on Strand, about 10 minutes walk; while Nat West is about 12 minutes away on Aldwych. With all of the closest locations being north of the river walking to any of them may not be the best option.

Eating - the Lyttelton Café is located within the National Theatre complex, but just along the river towards the London Eye are a wide choice of eateries, including Giraffe, EAT and Wagamamma.

Drinking - Bean About Town is at the rear of the Southbank Centre. The Mulberry Bush is a relaxed public house located just 2 minutes from the theatre complex. There are also bars within the National complex.


Whilst the Lyttelton theatre is conventional with its shape, the sightlines and acoustics are far from conventional. There are no seats with any impaired sight of the stage, and all seats offer the same high quality of sound. The stage layout can be changed, offering a variety of options, including an orchestra pit.

The Stalls are found on the ground floor, with the Circle above, via lifts and stairs. Each level has a bar in the foyer.

The Box Office is located on the ground floor of the theatre, and opens 90 minutes before each performance.

Productions at the National Theatre range from classics to modern masterpieces. As a registered charity the National Theatre works with new talent, and are also committed to education, offering learning programmes both at home and schools & communities across the country.

One of the most innovative programmes is the National Theatre Live programme, which broadcasts live performances in cinemas across the world. This makes performances available to a much wider audience, both at home in the UK and across the world.


Audio-described performances and touch tours are available, as are captioned performances. The Contego system is provided for hearing impaired visitors. Please contact the venue in advance or at time of booking if you wish to use this system, or if you have any other access requirements.

There are cloakrooms on the ground floor, in the Stalls Foyer. Accessible toilets are available on the ground floor. The Stalls are accessible without steps from the foyer, as are both the Lyttelton Café and Long Bar. There are 3 steps up to access the Espresso Bar. The Stalls have 4 wheelchair spaces which are accessed via the Long Bar.

The Circle Foyer is 22 steps up, or there is a lift. At this level there is an exhibition area, a bar and seating, with an accessible toilet. The seating is then 5 stairs down from the foyer with steps up to some rows. Whilst the Circle is quite steep there are handrails on both aisles.

Venue Hire

The National Theatre offers space for a variety of events, including business meetings, conferences, or a post-show party. There is a professional events team available to ensure that the event runs like clockwork and the team can liaise with other National Theatre staff such as the production team, or external 3rd parties. Catering can be provided by the National Theatre as well, using locally sourced, organic produce wherever possible.

Event space at the National includes the unique space called The Deck, a roof terrace offering views across London. Being only 5 minutes from Waterloo station and Embankment underground means the location is ideal.

The Deck, which has retractable glass walls to maximise the view of London, can accommodate up to 80 seated, and 150 standing. With up-to-the minute sound and vision it is a perfect location for a range of events. This space is also licensed to host Wedding and Civil Partnership ceremonies.

For more information on hiring space please contact the National Theatre direct.