Lyttelton Theatre, National

Now showing at the Lyttelton Theatre, National

Absolute Hell

Absolute Hell

An intoxicating plunge into post-war Soho.

Bomb-blasted London. A Soho den in the hangover from World War II, where members drink into the darkness, night after night. Lying, fighting and seducing, these lost souls and bruised lovers struggle from the rubble of war towards an unknown future.

Booking from: Monday, 30th April 2018
Booking until: Saturday, 16th June 2018
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Lyttelton Theatre, National Seating Plan

Lyttelton Theatre, National

Lyttelton Theatre, National on the Map

How to get there: (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 National Theat

South Bank

Nearest Underground: Waterloo


The Lyttelton Theatre (named after Oliver Lyttelton, the first chairman of the National Theatre Board) is a proscenium arch design theatre, conventional in its basic shape though not in the quality of its sightlines and acoustics.

From all 890 seats you can see and hear almost equally well from each of its . No seat is further away, here, from the actor's point of command than the distance from the front row of the dress circle in many older, larger theatres.

There are no view-restricting pillars, circle rails, or other obstacles.

Unlike most traditional theatres, the Lyttelton has an adjustable proscenium. You can make it into an open-end stage; add a forestage; or create an orchestra pit for up to 20 musicians.

The Lyttleton Theatre is part of the National Theatre Complex on London's South Bank. The National Theatre comprises three separate auditoria:

The Olivier Theatre (named after the theatre's first artistic director, Lord Laurence Olivier)

The Lyttelton Theatre (named after Oliver Lyttelton, the first chairman of the National Theatre Board)

The Cottesloe Theatre (named after Lord Cottesloe, chairman of the South Bank Theatre Board)