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Royal National Theatre London Architecture

South Bank Arts Building by Architect Denys Lasdun, London, England, UK

14 Jun 2009

Location: South Bank, London, southeast England, UK

Date built: 1967-76

Design: Denys Lasdun Architect

Royal National Theatre London South Bank
photograph © Nick Weall

Royal National Theatre

The riverside forecourt of the theatre is used for regular open-air performances in the summer months. The terraces and foyers of the theatre complex have also been used for ad hoc experimental performances.

The decor is frequently dynamic, with recent displays of grass turf as ‘outside wallpaper’, different statues located in various random places and giant chairs and furniture in the forecourt. The National Theatre’s foyers are open to the public, with a large theatrical bookshop, restaurants, bars and exhibition spaces.

Royal National Theatre London building street
photo © Nick Weall

Backstage tours run throughout the day and the Sherling High Level Walkway, open daily until 7.30 pm, offers visitors views into the backstage production workshops for set construction and assembly, scenic painting and prop-making.

Royal National Theatre London building roof
photo © Nick Weall

The Clore Learning Centre is a new dedicated space for Learning at the National Theatre. Offering events and courses for all ages, exploring theatre-making from playwriting to technical skills, often led by the NT’s own artists and staff.

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South Bank Centre London : photographs © Adrian Welch

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The Deck, London
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The Deck National Theatre
photo from CABE
The Deck National Theatre

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South Bank Centre photographs © Adrian Welch

Location: south bank of River Thames

Nearest Tube: Embankment

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Royal National Theatre London Building design : Denys Lasdun Architect

Location: Royal National Theatre, London, England, UK

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Royal National Theatre Photographs taken with Panasonic DMC-FX01 lumix camera; Leica lense: 2816×2112 pixels – original photos available upon request: info(at)

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British Academy refurbishment London
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British Academy Refurbishment
Wright & Wright has started work on a project to remodel the grade I-listed offices of the British Academy in central London. This Carlton House Terrace project won Listed Building Consent this summer.

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