The National Theatre on the South Bank

Concrete brutalism and blue skies

Another fine bit of South Bank concrete brutalism, the National Theatre was built in the 70s and is widely hated as a piece of architecture. For a long time the consensus seemed to be that the only acceptable form of redevelopment would start with demolition. In recent years, however, it seems to have won a reprieve and the it is increasingly accepted as a worthwhile and even exciting structure and is very likely to be preserved in its present form. The three theatres inside are amongst the best in London in terms of comfort, ambience and, of course, the quality of productions. I think it has been renamed the Royal National Theatre but it seems to be remaining true to its roots and avoiding the word Royal so far. Go to Next Image or Previous Image or LDN Gallery

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