The Olivier Theatre (part of the Royal National Theatre) was named after the theatre's first artistic director Sir Laurence Olivier, and is the main auditorium in the Royal National Theatre complex. The theatre has an open stage and a fan shaped audience after being modelled on the ancient Greek theatre at Epidaurus seating area for 1,160 people.
Commonly known as 'The National Theatre', the Royal National Theatre is one of the UK's two most prominent publicly funded theatre companies, alongside the 'RSC'.
The company was based at Waterloo in The Old Vic Theatre from 1963 until 1976. The venue has 3 stages, which all opened individually between 1976 and 1977. The National presents a varied programme of works, including plays by Shakespeare and many other international classic dramas. New plays by contemporary playwrights are also performed and each auditorium in the theatre can stage up to three shows in repertoire, thus widening the number of plays that can be performed during any single season.
During the 2009-2010 season, the theatre began to stage 'National Theatre Live', a program of simulcasts of live productions to movie theatres in other cities, first in the UK and then internationally. The first season it broadcast productions of three separate plays and in the 2010-2011 season, it added additional productions from other companies, in collaboration with both Complicite and the Donmar Warehouse.
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