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Olivier Theatre

South Bank, London SE1 9PX

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Nearest Tube Station Tube Station: Waterloo (250m), Southwark
Parking Parking: 5 spaces reserved for orange badge holders at riverside end of Cottesloe Ave. 4 extra bays opposite Cottesloe theatre for evening performances. Car Park beneath theatre. Spaces reserved for disabled customers near lifts. Free parking voucher available from box office for orange badge holders (present ticket at information desk). Automatic doors and ramps from the Car Park to the lobby and lift.
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Guide Dogs Guide Dogs:

Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditoria. Alternatively, Front Of House staff are happy to dog-sit. Please call in advance on 020 7452 3281.

Sound Amplification Infra-Red:

Infra-red audio system with headsets or neck loops. Headsets are essential and should be collected from the relevant theatre's information desks before the show. A small refundable deposit is required. Induction loops at all bars, buffets, bookstalls, box offices, cloakrooms.

Disabled Wheelchair Access Disabled Access:

Lift to the Olivier Stalls. 3 spaces for wheelchair users in row R. A companion can sit next to the lefthand space in row R, or P, the row in front. The auditorium is not suitable for scooters. Transfer seating is available to aisle seats - wheelchairs stored at back of auditorium. Please enquire about transfer seats when calling.

Toilets Toilets:

Adapted WC on the left side of the Stalls corridor.

Steps Steps:

Lifts up to the Olivier Theatre (to both Stalls and Circle levels) or staircases (49 steps up to Stalls from ground floor, further 44 up to Circle). Olivier Box Office in Stalls foyer. No steps to the back of the Stalls, 10 steps up to raised sections on either side of the Stalls. Centre Stalls has 25 shallow steps down to the front. Side aisles have handrails. Lift to back row of Circle and 18 steps down to the front. Power assisted doors and ramps to terraces from the Stalls foyer.

Air Conditioning Air Conditioning: Yes
Venue Owner Owner: National Theatre

The Olivier - named after Laurence Olivier, the first director of the National Theatre (during its years at the Old Vic), and the outstanding British actor of the century - is the largest of the three theatres at the National.
Sited above the entrance foyer and over the workshops and main rehearsal rooms, it can accommodate 1150 people in its fan-shaped auditorium, and 2000 years of drama on its open stage.

Two main tiers of steeply raked seats - flanked by side-banks on a higher level - sweep down to the stage. In spite of its size, the Olivier has a concentrated intimacy. No seat is far from an actor's point of command; and the span of the seats matches their effective span of vision. They can hold the audience within the compass of their eyes.

The National Theatre of Great Britain on the South Bank in the London Borough of Lambeth, England is immediately east of the southern end of Waterloo Bridge. The National Theatre's building was designed by architect Sir Denys Lasdun and its theatres opened individually between 1976 and 1977. In the years from 1963, before the company's permanent home on the South Bank was completed, the National Theatre Company was based at the Old Vic theatre in Waterloo.

Since 1988, the Theatre has been permitted to call itself the Royal National Theatre, but the full title is rarely used. The theatre presents a varied programme, including Shakespeare and other International classic drama; and new plays by contemporary playwrights. Each auditorium in the theatre can run up to three shows in repertoire or repertory, thus further widening the number of plays which can be put on during any one season.

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