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Hattie Lloyd 15/09/17


The old ‘dinner and a show’ date night is about to get seriously amped up.

Because the National Theatre are cutting out the middleman, and setting up a fine dining restaurant onstage.

Here’s how it’s going to work…


It’s all taking place during performances of the hotly anticipated Network, which stars Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston and Downton’s Michelle Dockery. Based on the 1976 film by Paddy Chayefsky, it follows the on-screen personal crisis experienced by news anchor, Howard Beale, blurring the boundaries between fact and opinion and taking on particular new meaning in the digital age. Which is exactly why there are also live cameras on stage, and you, eating –


Before the show starts, you’ll be shown to a secret stage entrance, where you’ll be met by a maitre d’ and taken to your ringside seats at the onstage table or bar. Then, as the action unfolds around you, you’ll tuck into dishes like Portland crab cocktail, cavolo nero and salsify tart, short rib and ox cheek bourguignon, and gin and tonic ice cream to finish.

Just don’t have too much of that last one…

Or it’ll be curtains.


NOTE: Foodwork dining tickets have now sadly sold out, but you can still try for the old non-dining, sitting in the audience-style tickets HERE.

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Onstage at the National Theatre, Upper Ground, Southbank, Central London, SE1 9PX