Dominion Theatre

Dominion Theatre

268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ

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What’s On

  • An American in Paris

    (21 Nov 2017 to 6 Jan 2018)

    Four time Tony Award-winning musical An American in Paris transfers from Broadway to the West End,...

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Location

The Dominion Theatre is directly opposite Tottenham Court Road tube station, making it extremely easy to spot. The theatre was home to We Will Rock You for an astonishing 12 years and an imposing statue of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury used to grace the facade of the building, however this was removed after the show closed. At the junction where Oxford Street, Tottenham Court Road and Charing Cross Road all meet, the Dominion Theatre is close to most of London’s main attractions as well as a plethora of lively and affordable restaurants and bars.
Getting there
By Tube: The closest tube station to the theatre is Tottenham Court Road, which is located directly opposite the Dominion. It can be reached on both the Northern and Central lines.By bus: Numbers 7, 8, 10, 14, 14A, 22B, 24, 25, 29, 38, 55, 73, 134 and 176 all stop within the vicinity of the theatre.By taxi or car: The nearest car park is the YMCA on Adeline Place, which charges £20.00 for 4 hours and is a 2 minute walk from the theatre. Alternatively, there are meters on nearby streets such as Falconberg Mews and Manette Street that charge £4.40 per hour before 6.30pm and are free afterwards. If you want to hail a taxi for your journey home, then the busy roads outside are the place to head.

Seating

The Dominion Theatre has one of the largest seating capacities in London, and can accommodate 2,163 people across two levels – the Stalls and the Circle. As you can see from the seating plan on the right, the Stalls is the largest seating area and is closest to the stage. Located on the ground floor of the auditorium, you will feel like a part of the show in this section. As this seating section is so large, views and prices differ quite a lot, but central seats towards the front are the most expensive with the best views, and the further back you go, the more the price will drop. The Stalls are divided into four long and narrow sections, with better seats towards the centre of the auditorium. The section is 29 rows deep, and you can feel distant from the action towards the back of the theatre.

The Circle is located above the Stalls on level 1 and offers a panoramic view of the whole stage. Again, prices vary widely in this section and the first couple of rows present excellent views, possibly the best in the house. Seats towards the back are a lot cheaper but can provide great value for money if you are lucky. The Circle is divided into 9 seating blocks, with 4 in the front section and 5 at the back. Each block can feel isolated, and the rear section can be restricted by safety rails around each stairwell. Dominion Theatre
Dominion Theatre

Accessibility

Despite being one of the largest theatres in the West End, the Dominion Theatre is made up of just two levels: the Stalls and the Circle. There is level access at the main entrance, as well as an alternative ramped entrance through the fire exit on Bainbridge Street. There are steps to the Circle, but the Stalls are serviced by a wheelchair accessible lift. Discounts on all performances are available for both disabled guests and their carers.

A total of 6 wheelchair users can be accommodated in the theatre during each performance, either in the Stalls or a box. The stairlift down to the 3 spaces in the Stalls cannot take electric wheelchairs, but any wheelchair or scooter user can take the 3 spaces in Box B when accompanied by a non-wheelchair user. The seats in the Stalls are on a slight slope, and transfer seating is available for any aisle seat in the Stalls. There is an adapted toilet in the lower Stalls close to the wheelchair spaces, and the box has its own accessible toilet facilities.

There are around 24 headsets available for the induction loop, and an infra-red system is also fitted in the auditorium. Guide dogs are welcome in the auditorium, and up to 3 dogs at a time can be looked after by theatre staff outside of the main performance space if preferred.Access bookings telephone line 020 7492 9930 or access booking form

History

Constructed on the previous site of a brewery and funfair, the Dominion Theatre was built between 1928 and 1929 to the designs of W and T. R. Milburn. The theatre suffered a poor turnout in its opening years due to the economic depression, but was bought by part of the Gaumont-British cinema chain in 1933 to screen runs of the era’s most popular films. This cheaper and more novel form of entertainment managed to consistently fill the 3000-odd seats within the Art Deco building and saved it from complete closure.

In 1957 the theatre again became a live performance venue as the cinema became less of a novelty, with a month’s run of The Judy Garland Show seeing huge success. In more recent years it has been home to a 1983 live pop show by Dolly Parton and has produced popular musicals such as Grease and Beauty and the Beast. The Dominion was also the venue for the Royal Variety show several times between 1992 and 2001.

In 2002, Ben Elton’s musical We Will Rock You, based on the music of rock band Queen, opened at the Dominion Theatre and went on to become the longest running show in the venue's history. The production might have been slightly hit and miss with the critics, but the unabashed adoration of the public ensured it became one of the most popular shows in West End history. The production finally closed on the 31st of May 2014 with a special performance in which Brian May and Roger Taylor both performed

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