Win a Rooftop Picnic and Matinee Tickets

Having opened to the public for the first time, The Deck at the National Theatre is hosting a limited collection of ‘picnic and play’ packages. Relax in comfy armchairs on the Thames-facing terrace with an alfresco picnic before heading indoors to take in a matinee performance of one of this season’s must-see plays.

Square Meal has a pair of £40 tickets for Saturday 15 August to give away. To enter, simply email your name and number to, putting ‘Square Meal Competition’ in the subject line.

Picnic menu
Potted ham and homemade piccalilli
Asparagus, broad bean, summer squash and goats’ cheese salad
Mini smoked salmon bagels
Westcombe cheddar and blueberry chutney with pecan and raisin bread
Pimm’s and strawberry jelly or mini chocolate pots
Glass of chilled Champagne

Dates and times of picnics and plays
Saturday 8 August
12 noon – picnic
2pm – matinee performance of England People Very Nice

Sunday 9 August
12 noon – picnic
2.30pm – matinee performance of England People Very Nice

Saturday 15 August
12 noon – picnic
2.15pm – matinee performance of Time and the Conways

Sunday 16 August
12 noon – picnic
3pm – matinee performance of Time and the Conways

Tickets for the entire package cost £40 per person. For further information, contact the National Theatre Box Office on or 020 7452 3000.

About the plays

England People Very Nice
Comedy by Richard Bean. A riotous journey through four waves of immigration from the 17th century to today. As the French Huguenots, the Irish, the Jews and the Bangladeshis enter the chaotic world of Bethnal Green, each new influx provokes a surge of violent protest over housing, jobs, religion and culture.

Time and the Conways
The Conways, celebrating Kay’s 21st birthday in 1919, seem a golden family, safe and well after the Great War, looking forward to future careers, marriages and a brave new world. Through J. B. Priestley’s masterly manipulation of time, we see into their future and back again to where the seeds of their downfall were planted.