Since the opening night of Hamlet starring Peter O'Toole on 22 October 1963 the National Theatre has produced over 600 plays. Starting in temporary premises at the Old Vic, with the promise of a new building, the company would not find a permanent home until the opening of Denys Lasdun's National Theatre building in 1976. In each of the years since, the National has staged over twenty new productions. There are over 1,000 performances every year, given by a company of 150 actors to over 600,000 people.
Olivier Theatre seating capacity: 1,120
Lyttelton Theatre seating capacity: 890
Cottesloe Theatre seating capacity: 300