Royal National Theatre


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Royal National Theatre, Upper Ground


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Statutory Address:
Royal National Theatre, Upper Ground

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Greater London Authority
Lambeth (London Borough)
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
TQ 31013 80383


TQ 3180 963-/1/10022

UPPER GROUND (north-east side) Royal National Theatre

GV II* Theatre complex, 1969-76 by Sir Denys Lasdun. Reinforced concrete, flat roofs. Square building, with lower 895-seat Lyttelton auditorium in line with and first floor 1165-seat Olivier auditorium at a forty-five degree angle to the main facades. These two linked at the level of the river embankment by paired foyers the full height of the building, with exhibition spaces and restuarants on several layers leading on to outside walkways. Projecting flytowers to the two main auditoria interrupt this sequence of horizontal forms. Workshops, rehearsal spaces and dressing rooms to rear, with separate entrance and foyer to 400-seater studio space, the Cottesloe theatre. Metal windows and doors. Interiors with original furnishings to foyer areas and auditoria.

The National Theatre is a major public building of the post-war period by one of its leading architects, and reflects new ideas in theatre design.

Listing NGR: TQ3101380383


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Books and journals
'Architectural Review' in January, (1977)


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 23 May 2001
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