Theatre Address & Map
268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ
Nearest tube station: Tottenham Court
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- Air conditioned
- Disabled toilets
- Infrared hearing loop
- Wheelchair accessible
Seating DescriptionThe auditorium seats 2,000, and seating is split into stalls and dress circle. The best value seating in the stalls is in the central two blocks. The side blocks of the stalls have limited view.
The best seats in the house are the two front, central blocks of the dress circle, excepting the very front row, which has limited leg room. Visibility is poor from each extreme end block at the back of the stalls. A handrail at the front of the dress circle may obscure the view of the extended stage for shorter people.
Bar FacilitiesThere are bars at stalls and dress circle level open one hour prior to performance. Beer and wine is from £.4.50. During the summer you can pick up a Pimms and Lemonade from the stalls kiosk for £5, and the programme is £6.
Theatre HistoryThe Dominion Theatre was built in 1928 as a live show venue, but was soon adapted to show films in the early 1930s. The first live show to be performed at the Dominion Theatre was The Judy Garland Show in 1957. However, film remained the main medium of choice, with live shows running intermittently and with varied frequency between the films. Famous film attractions include the opening of The Sound of Music in 1965, which ran for a mammoth 3 years, and the premiere of the Star Wars film The Return of the Jedi, which the Dominion Theatre shared with the Leicester Square Odeon in 1983.
In the 1980s the Dominion Theatre became a popular pop music venue. Tangerine Dream recorded their album Logos, and named one track ‘Dominion’ in tribute. From the 1990s, theatre has formed a major feature for the Dominion’s stage, including Beauty and the Beast and Grease. The Dominion Theatre has also played host to the Royal Variety Performance on a number of occasions. We Will Rock You is the Dominion’s longest running show. Opening in 2002, it planned to run until 2006, but through popular demand, its run has been extended indefinitely.