Ben Daniels will play the role of Ned Weeks, and Dominic Cooke directs Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, at the Olivier Theatre, in a co-production with Fictionhouse. Kramer’s largely autobiographical and powerful play about the rise of AIDS in 1980 New York has not been performed in London professionally since it received its European premiere in 1986.
Set in New York during the early 1980s, The Normal Heart explores the impact that the AIDS crisis had on the gay community. Activist and writer Ned Weeks channels his anger at the current systems in place as he attempts to unite the gay community to discuss their rights to survive.
The Normal Heart was first performed in the capital in 1986 at the Royal Court Theatre before making the transfer to the Noel Coward Theatre.
Seating PlanOlivier Theatre, National Seating Plan
AddressSouth Bank, London, SE1 9PX
Waterloo & City, Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee
Directions from nearest tube
(10mins) Follow signs for exits to the South Bank. This should lead you to an underground pedestrian passage called ‘Sutton Walk’ that emerges at the South Bank. Turn right and walk along the river Thames until you see the National Theatre.
(Waterloo Road) 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, RV1, X68
Night Bus Numbers
(Waterloo Road) 139, 176, 188, 243, 341, N1, N68, N76, N171, N343
National Theatre, Upper Ground (1min)
Within Congestion Zone
There are three separate theatre's in the national Theatre complex on the South Bank. The Olivier Theatre, The Lyttelton Theatre and The Dorfman Theatre that all showcase separate productions throughout the year so all Tickets to productions at the National Theatre will all state which auditorium they are to be held in.
There are two levels in the venue - the stalls on the ground floor with a direct view of the stage and the circle on the first floor looking down. Both sections have quite a steep raking of the seats offering good and unobstructed views of the stage so when booking tickets at the Olivier Theatre it is recommended that you take into account whether you prefer to view the stage directly from the a ground floor level or from an elevated level looking down? There are very few seats that feature restrictions in the Olivier Theatre, however the first three rows of seats in the stalls section do not have any arm rests and are also slightly narrower than the other seats and may sometimes have slightly obstructed views depending on the layout of the production.
There are two levels in the venue - the stalls section on the ground floor level and circle which is one level up on the first floor. Both sections have raked seating which offers exceptional views of the stage from all seats and offer an intimate theatrical experience with good views of the stage although the first four rows of the stalls section do not have arm rests and are slightly narrower seats. It is always advisable to study the seating plan at the venue prior to booking tickets to ensure the very best customer experience.
All of the productions showcased at the venues in the National Theatre are scheduled for limited seasons and very often feature well known actors so there do not tend be many official discount tickets at the National Theatre. The producers of all productions understandably wish to maximise profit for their shows and although they will happily use third party suppliers and agencies to sell their tickets, it is often the case that they will sell at full price to them - meaning that all tickets sold at the National Theatre online through third party websites will probably have a booking fee added to the face value of the ticket. To avoid paying booking fees at the national it can be beneficial to book directly from the box office.