Dorfman Theatre

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450 capacity
The Dorfman Theatre, part of the National Theatre, boasts flexible seating and offers diverse staging options, including 'in-the-round' performances.

Dorfman Theatre location and directions

Dorfman Theatre

National Theatre, South Bank, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9PX


Location: National
Railway station: Waterloo
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)
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.

About Dorfman Theatre

The Dorfman Theatre is the smallest of three spaces that make the National Theatre — joined by the Olivier Theatre and the Lyttelton Theatre.

The Dorfman entrance is on the east side of the National Theatre, on Stage Door Avenue, opposite the IBM building. The theatre was formerly known as the Cottesloe Theatre.

Due to the flexibility of the staging, the seating is different for almost every production. The flexible seating system can be raised and lowered in minutes, or the seats ccan be folded to create a flat foor.

Performances can be staged in a conventional format at one end; in “traverse”, lengthways or across the space; or in the round. The theatre is reminiscent of the inn-yards that preceded Shakespeare's stages as performance areas.

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