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Dorfman - National Theatre, Upper Ground
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Dorfman - National Theatre

National Theatre, Upper Ground, Ground South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

The Dorfman Theatre is the smallest auditorium in the National Theatre, which is also comprised of the Olivier Theatre and the Lyttelton Theatre. The Dorfman Theatre was formerly the Cottesloe Theatre but has been redeveloped, with a greater capacity, more comfortable seats, better sight-lines and enlarged foyer spaces.

The Dorfman entrance is on the east side of the National Theatre, on Stage Door Avenue, opposite the IBM building.

Performances in the Dorfman Theatre can hold up to 450 people. In the pit, the new flexible seating system can be raised and lowered in minutes to either a steep or shallow rake format;  or the seats can be folded away completely to become a flat floor. On three sides of the room there are two levels, the circle and gallery, which look down on the pit. Performances can be staged in a conventional format at one end; in “traverse”, lengthways or across the space; or in the round. Everything is open to change except the circle and gallery, which are reminiscent of the inn-yards that preceded Shakespeare's stages as performance areas.

Due to the flexibility of the staging, the seating is different for almost every different production.


Dorfman - National Theatre Map and Travel Info
Nearest tube: 
Waterloo, Southwark, Embankment
Tube lines: 
Northern, Bakerloo, Jubliee, District and Circle
Railway station: 
Bus numbers: 
1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68
Car park: 
National Theatre basement, accessed from Upper Ground Opening times: 6am to 12 midnight (Mon – Fri) and 7am to 12 midnight (Sat and Sun)
Within congestion zone?: 
Directions from tube: 
The National Theatre is on the South Bank, just minutes from Covent Garden, the West End and Waterloo. The main entrance is on the riverside walkway. 
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