Ideas of a National Theatre date from as early as the 1840s.
Formerly the Cottesloe Theatre, the Dorfman has been redeveloped with a greater capacity, better sight-lines and enlarged foyer spaces. The most flexible of the National Theatre auditoriums, it is a rectangular room which can be adapted for a variety of seating arrangments and hold up to 450 people. Seats can be folded away completely to become a flat floor.
The Dorfman Theatre is one of three venues at the National, completed by the Olivier Theatre and the Lyttleton Theatre.