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London attractions: The National Theatre is one of the most important cultural landmarks in the British entertainment sector

Published: Tuesday 16th of April 2013

If you are looking for things to do in London, why not consider a trip down to the National Theatre?

If you are the kind of person who loves going to see live plays and watching the actors in person, then there is hardly a better place to spend your time.

The great thing about going to a theatre, as opposed to a cinema of course, is the atmosphere and the often, lively and amusing interaction between the actors and audience.

But what better place than the National Theatre? Not only can you see some amazing performances at what is arguably one of London's most iconic venues, you also get the opportunity to take a peek behind the scenes on one of their backstage tours.

These tours usually take place several times a day on weekdays and at 10.30pm and 12.15pm on Saturdays.

But on Sundays, guests can tour the building at 12.30pm, on days when the venue is open. Each tour lasts around 75 minutes.

If you're on a visit to the National Theatre, you can also bring along the kids and family tours are also available, conveniently during the half-term holidays.

Other tours include costume tours. Costumes have really taken on a life of their own when it comes to theatre dynamics. In some cases, they are almost as famous as the actors themselves.

A well-made costume can stimulate nostalgic memories of an evocative play set in the backdrop of the plush and unusual surroundings of the theatre.

We can hardly think of anything better than going to see a classic play such as Shakespeare's Othello, or Children of the Sun by Maxim Gorky.

In fact, if you are a fan of Shakespeare, you'll have the chance to see Othello, which is being shown at various times until August.Only the best and most prominent actors perform here and in this play, Adrian Lester - best known for his leading role in TV shows such as Hustle and feature films such as Doomsday.

Also known as the Royal National Theatre, the theatre is located in Southbank, near to the Royal Festival Hall and is something of a cultural landmark in the city.

Some of the greatest performances in the world have taken place right here in the National Theatre and it never fails to disappoint.

A few of their other upcoming performances include, The Drowned man: A Hollywood Fable, The Shed, Untold Stories at the Duchess Theatre, among others.

In addition to holding backstage tours and plays, they also hold a number of artistic exhibitions, music gigs, workshops and courses.

In this sense, the theatre is renowned for being an educational hub as it is as an entertainment venue.

Even the directors are well-known on the UK's entertainment scene. Nicholas Hytner hit the headlines lately after he announced that he was stepping down as artistic director of the National Theatre, in 2015. His executive director Nick Starr is also stepping down in two years. The pair have been credited for taking the theatre to the heights of success and being responsible for some of the biggest hits within the theatre.

So if you are planning to make the most of all that London attractions have to offer, then this particular  is certainly one not to be missed.

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