Located in South Bank, overlooking the River Thames, The National is a house of three theatres hosting a number of cutting-edge and cultured productions. Loved for its traditional yet contemporary charm, it is also home to musical performances, exhibitions and artistic installations throughout the year.
Between the three auditoriums - the Olivier, the Lyttelton and the Cottesloe, the theatre can have as much as eight productions in repertory at any one time. From new playwrights to the jazz bands - it's extensive programme aims to reflect and represent the diversity of british culture.
If you have an opportunity to visit this month, you're guaranteed some great productions on offer. Showing in March is Burnt by the Sun - a story of sexual jealously, political mischief and retribution, set in Moscow and under Stalin's rule. The play has received critical acclaim, having been given a 5 star rating by the Independent and 4 stars by the Daily Telegraph.
Also showing is a new play by Samuel Adamson entitled Mrs. Afleck. This production explores the true to life conflicts and clashes between marriage, in-laws and the test of love.
And on March the 26th, be sure to check out the free musical performance by Philip Clouts Trio, a jazz musician with South African flavour. Seat prices start from £10.