Olivier 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.

Olivier Theatre
Olivier Theatre
photo Mike Smallcombe

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.

A vital feature of the Olivier Theatre is the Drum Revolve. What is it? Follow the link on the right to find out.

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