Dominion Theatre268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7AQ
Dominion Theatre Safety Policy
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- Pre-order food and drinks online
- Availability of hand sanitiser
- Cash free venue - contactless payments only
The Dominion Theatre: About The Dominion Theatre
The Dominion Theatre is a London West End theatre on Tottenham Court Road close to St Giles' Circus and Centre Point Tower, in the London Borough of Camden.
The Dominion Theatre: History
The Dominion Theatre was built in 1928–29, designed by W and TR Milburn with a steel-framed construction and a concave Portland stone facade. It was built as a theatre for live shows but after faltering business in the early 1930s the building was converted to also allow it to show films. The theatre was built on the location of the former Horse Shoe Brewery, which was the site of the 1814 London Beer Flood.
Despite its huge seating capacity (given as 2,858 in 1940), The Dominion Theatre did well thanks to its excellent location where Charing Cross Road, Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road all meet. The cinema closed temporarily at the height of the Blitz early in October 1940, but re-opened for good on 12 January 1941. The first major use as a live venue came when the Judy Garland Show ran from Wednesday 16 October to Saturday 16 November 1957 at The Dominion Theatre. Films continued to be shown at all other times.
The Dominion Theatre was then selected to show films in the new Todd AO system. Two Phillips 70mm / 35mm projectors were installed in a new projection box at the back of the stalls, providing a 78ft level throw to the screen and an immense 46ft wide screen. Stereophonic sound was provided and seating came down to 1,654 with the upper gallery being curtained off. South Pacific inaugurated the new road show policy on 21 April 1958 and racked up the longest ever run of 4 years 22 weeks, closing down on 30 September 1962.
Samuel Goldwyn had patiently waited more than three years to open Porgy and Bess here but South Pacific’s success did not rub off on it. Cleopatra was another mammoth attraction that opened at The Dominion in August 1963 but it was The Sound of Music (29 March 1965 to 29 June 1968) that confirmed The Dominion Theater's pull as a home of musicals. However Star, which followed redecoration on 18 July 1968, proved more successful at the Dominion than anywhere else. However, once Hollywood stopped making the big budget extravaganzas The Dominion Theatre was in trouble. Live shows came back between the films and following a two-day revival of MGM’s The Band Wagon, the theatre was earmarked for live use only from 8 November 1981, although The Return of the Jedi opened there in 1983 in a joint première with the Odeon Leicester Square.
During the 1980s The Dominion became a popular venue for music concerts. Tangerine Dream's album Logos was recorded there in 1982, and contains a tune called "Dominion" in tribute. In the mid-1980s the Dominion hosted the musical Time, and the interior was extensively reconstructed to accommodate the shows effects.
Since the early 1990s The Dominion Theatre has played host to David Ian and Paul Nicholas' new production of Grease, Scrooge: The Musical, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, a return of Grease, and Notre Dame de Paris among others. Bernadette The Musical, written by Maureen and Gwyn Hughes, also enjoyed a rather short run in 1990.
In the 1990s The Dominion Theatre London also hosted the Royal Variety Performance on a number of occasions.
It now has a seating capacity of 2,182 in two tiers of galleries, following the closure many decades ago of the former upper circle. The theatre retains its 1920s light fittings and art deco plasterwork.
This large space above the main foyer is now a state of the art rehearsal studio and events space. The entrance way to the Studio has had its original plasterwork carefully restored (work which will continue with the impressive main foyer). This new space is called 'The Studio' and has already housed the auditions or rehearsals of a number of the West End's top shows including We Will Rock You, Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands, Les Miserables, Cats, National Tour, Hairspray and Zorro, making it the best located rehearsal studio in London.
In 2002, the hit stage musical We Will Rock You, based on the songs of Queen, created by Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor together with British comedian Ben Elton opened. The show was the longest running musical ever to play at The Dominion Theatre.
The Dominion Theatre Seating Plan
The Devil Wears Prada is the current production at Dominion Theatre. The upcoming booking period for The Devil Wears Prada at Dominion Theatre starts 24/10/2024 19:30:00 and runs until 31/05/2025 19:30:00. Tickets for The Devil Wears Prada start at £31 and are available to book now.
Sister Act is the current production at Dominion Theatre. The latest booking period for Sister Act at Dominion Theatre started 19/07/2022 19:30:00 and runs until 31/08/2024 19:30:00. Tickets for Sister Act start at £25 and are available to book now.
The King and I - London is the current production at Dominion Theatre. The latest booking period for The King and I - London at Dominion Theatre started 14/02/2023 19:30:00 and runs until 02/03/2024 19:30:00. Tickets for The King and I - London start at £25 and are available to book now.
The Elvis Years is the current production at Dominion Theatre. The latest booking period for The Elvis Years at Dominion Theatre started 18/02/2024 19:30:00 and runs until 30/06/2024 19:30:00. Tickets for The Elvis Years start at £23 and are available to book now.
Pink Floyd Experience is the current production at Dominion Theatre. The latest booking period for Pink Floyd Experience at Dominion Theatre started 08/10/2023 19:30:00 and runs until 18/08/2024 19:30:00. Tickets for Pink Floyd Experience start at £31 and are available to book now.
QUEENZ: The Show with BALLS! is the current production at Dominion Theatre. The latest booking period for QUEENZ: The Show with BALLS! at Dominion Theatre started 01/12/2022 22:00:00 and runs until 07/04/2024 19:30:00. Tickets for QUEENZ: The Show with BALLS! start at £23 and are available to book now.
Some Guys Have All The Luck is the current production at Dominion Theatre. The upcoming booking period for Some Guys Have All The Luck at Dominion Theatre starts 28/04/2024 19:30:00 and runs until 28/04/2024 19:30:00. Tickets for Some Guys Have All The Luck start at £23 and are available to book now.
Dominion Theatre is located in London. The full address is Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7AQ.
The Devil Wears Prada
Elton John's brand new musical The Devil Wears Prada is heading to the West End.
Sister Act The Musical gets back in the habit with Beverly Knight and Alexandra Burke!
The King and I - London
The golden age, romantic musical King and I is heading to London!
The Elvis Years
The UK's premier Elvis event comes to the West End's Dominion Theatre for one night only!
Pink Floyd Experience
The golden age of rock bursts to life as Pink Floyd's legacy is celebrated on stage!
QUEENZ: The Show with BALLS!
QUEENZ: The Show with BALLS! comes to the Arts Theatre for a night of fierce glitz n' glam
Some Guys Have All The Luck
Some Guys Have All The Luck brings the legacy of Rod Stewart to life on stage
We Will Rock You
The Prince of Egypt
The Prince of Egypt feels like the Promised Land!
The Curve Leicester revival of White Christmas starring Danny Mac and Dan Burton transfers to the Dominion Theatre this holiday season!
Big The Musical
Big The Musical makes its long-awaited West End premiere at the Dominion Theatre this autumn following hit runs in Plymouth and Dublin.
The world's favourite musical is back in the West End for Summer 2023!
Elf returns to the Dominion Theatre singing loud for all to hear!
The Bodyguard is set to transfer to London's West End!
An American In Paris
Prepare to be swept away by the breathless romance and dazzling spectacle of An American In Paris.
Back in the West End for 14 weeks only... You’ll have the time of your life!