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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.

Plan your visit

The Circle Bar opens approximately 45 before the show. The auditorium is opened about 30 minutes before the performance begins.
There is no dress code at the theatre, but patrons should aim to wear attire that is comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.
The Dominion Theatre does not have air-conditioning, however, air-cooling units are positioned throughout the auditorium to help maintain a comfortable temperature.
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 Dominion Theatre is part of a security network run by the Society of London Theatres, which quickly shares information that may impact the safety of theatre patrons. CCTV surveillance is active inside and outside of the theatre and regular security checks occur throughout. Bag searches and random body checks are performed on arrival, so patrons are encouraged to arrive early to arrive at least 30 minutes before the performance begins.
There are two bars on each level of the Dominion 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 theatre. Any alcohol or hot food bought off the premises will not be allowed into the venue.
There are many pubs and fast food restaurants near to the Dominion 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 Dominion Theatre opened in 1929. Although it was always intended to host live events, the venue operated mainly as a cinema right up until the 1980s. The Nederlander organisation bought the theatre in 1992 and in 2014 it underwent a multi-million-pound refurbishment to make it one of the most impressive dedicated theatres on the West End.

Help booking tickets

Ticket collection is available at the box office, which is located in the venue foyer. You can collect your tickets up to an hour before the performance begins. You may be asked to show ID as well as the payment card used to purchase the tickets.
The Box Office opening hours are 10:00 – 19:45 Monday to Saturday.
The Dominion Theatre box office can be contacted directly on 0345 200 7982.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) is the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check the STAR ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
The Dominion Theatre includes eight different spaces that can be hired for conferences, corporate events, rehearsal space and more, accommodating up to 2,000 people. The auditorium has a capacity of 1,150 and can be hired on Sundays. For full details or to make an enquiry, email aldwych.events@nederlander.co.uk.
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