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First peek inside Haworth Tompkins National Theatre refurb

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Haworth Tompkins has released the first images inside its recently completed overhaul of the former Cottesloe Theatre at the National Theatre in London

The renovation of the auditorium, which has been renamed the Dorfman Theatre, forms part of Haworth Tompkins masterplan for the renovation of the Grade II-listed Denys Lasdun building.

Scheduled to open its doors to the public on the 30 September, the architect has increased the capacity of the National Theatre’s smallest auditorium with the addition of 100 seats.

Seating in the flexible space can be lowered in minutes to become a flat floor and a lift has been added to make the Dorfman accessible from all levels.

During the refurbishment performances were relocated to a temporary venue called The Shed, which was also designed by Haworth Tompkins. The architect also completed the renovation of the Grade II listed National Theatre Studio in 2008.

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