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Dominion Theatre London

About the Dominion Theatre

The Dominion Theatre is one of London's largest venues, with a seating capacity of 2,069. It was designed in the art deco style by W and T. R. Milburn and constructed on the previous site of a brewery and funfair between 1928 and 1929. The venue suffered poor turnout at first due to the effects of the Great Depression but was bought by a cinema chain and operated as a movie palace in the mid-30s, bringing in much larger crowds at a time when cinema's popularity boomed. in 1957 the venue was converted back into a live performance space with a run of successful Judy Garland concerts.

With its huge capacity, The Dominion Theatre plays host to large-scale blockbuster musicals that draw in big crowds. The Ben Elton penned Queen musical We Will Rock You ran at the Dominion for 12 years before embarking on a tour. Other popular productions include Elf! The Musical, The Bodyguard and An American Paris. In 2019 the critical flop BIG! the Musical played at the venue, followed by Dreamworks Animation adaptation The Prince of Egypt.

Frequently Asked Questions

The box office is open 10am – 7.45pm Monday to Saturday for in-person ticket collection. If you have requested physical tickets, these can be collected from the box office one hour before the performance begins.
The venue and Circle Bar open approximately 45 minutes before the show. The auditorium is opened about 30 minutes before the performance begins. While the venue is one of the largest in London, with a spacious foyer and bars, it's high capacity can lead to large crowds so it is recommended that you arrive early.
There are two bars on each level of the theatre serving beers, wines, soft drinks and snacks such as crisps, chocolate and ice creams. Patrons are allowed to bring non-alcoholic drinks in plastic bottles as well as cold snacks and sweets into the venue. Any alcohol or hot food bought off the premises will not be allowed to be brought in.
There is a cloakroom on the Circle level where coats, bags and luggage can be stored at £1 per item. The cloakroom opens 45 minutes before the performance begins.
The auditorium has an air cooling system to ensure guests are comfortable during the performance. Due to its age, the theatre does not have air-conditoning.
There are many pubs and fast food restaurants near to the theatre on Tottenham Court Road and Charing Cross Road. Visitors looking for fine dining could try Dalloway Terrace, located in the Bloomsbury Hotel, just behind the theatre. This indoor/outdoor restaurant offers a pre-theatre menu for patrons having dinner before a show.
The Bloomsbury Hotel is located next door to the theatre. This luxury hotel offers lavish rooms and a host of amenities such as a gym & fitness centre. Travelodge London Covent Garden is a good option for budget hotels nearby.
The box office can be contacted directly on 0345 200 7982, 10am - 6pm Monday to Saturday. For other contact details, visit
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