Exhibition: Concrete Reality - Denys Lasdun and the National Theatre

This exhibition runs from Sat, 1st Sep 2018 to Sat, 29th Sep 2018. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

This exhibition has finished.

Cost: Free of Charge

The National Theatre is one of London’s best known and most divisive pieces of architecture.

Designed by the architect Denys Lasdun, The National Theatre is now a Grade II listed building and one of the most notable examples of Brutalist design in the United Kingdom.

The Theatre opened 1976 and had a bit of a marmite reception amongst members of the public. Although many fell in love with its stark silhouette, clean lines and imposing stature, others saw it as an example of everything wrong with 20th century architecture. Famously, the Prince of Wales compared it to a nuclear power station – not quite the reception that was hoped!

One thing is for sure, the building doesn’t leave anyone cold.

This exhibition uncovers the intricacies of the NT’s architecture, exploring its complex composition and the layers of history that Denys Lasdun buried within it. It will show how and why it was made, and the brilliant urban vision that inspired it. And, with the NT Future refurbishment almost complete, it will help visitors understand why so many now recognise the National Theatre as a masterpiece of mid-20th century design.

The exhibition is open from Monday – Saturday, 9.30am – 11pm and on performance Sunday’s from midday - 6pm.

Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


The National Theatre,

South Bank,

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