Dominion Theatre Box Office
Address: Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ
Tube lines: Central, Northern
Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road
Directions from Tottenham Court Road:
The theatre can be seen from the station, on the corner of the crossroads between Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street.
Nearest rail: Euston
Bus routes: (Tottenham Ct Rd Station) 7, 10, 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 242; (New Oxford St) 1, 8, 25, 55, 98, 176, 390
Night buses: (Tottenham Ct Rd Station) 7, 10, 14, 24, 134, 242, N7, N29, N35, N68, N73, N253, N279; (New Oxford St) 25, 176, 390, N1, N8, N41, N55, N98, N171, N207
Car park: YMCA Great Russell Street (2mins), Holborn Selkirk House Museum Street (5mins)
In congestion zone?: Yes
Please note: The location shown on the map is an approximate location of the theatre. In the majority of cases the theatre will be marked on the map so please make sure you locate the exact location yourself. If the theatre is not shown on the map please make sure you locate the correct road name and take account of the directions.
What's On at the Dominion Theatre
Dominion Theatre Information
Mainline stations which are close are Charing Cross and Euston.
Euston mainline station is approximately 1 mile from the theatre. On exiting the station, proceed westward on Euston Road until you come to Tottenham Court Road, turn left and continue until you find the theatre on your left hand side.
From Charing Cross mainline station, exit and cross over the Strand, go onto Duncannon Street, then go north on St Martins Place which leads you onto Charing Cross Road. Continue up Charing Cross Road to St Giles High Street and then on until you come to Oxford Street. Turn left onto Oxford Street and turn right into TCR, the theatre is on your right hand side.
If you are driving to the theatre, there are NCP car parks at the following addresses:
Tottenham Court Road
112 Great Russell Street, Adeline Place, London, WC1B 3AJ
Selkirk House, Museum Street, London, WC1A 1JP
Wells Mews, London, W1T 3NG
You can see these, and other NCP car parks on their website http://www.ncp.co.uk/
Alternatively, plan your journey using Transport for London journey planner https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/
Don't forget to pay the £11.50 (£1 less if you register, but that costs you £10 for a car) daily congestion charge for central London which applies from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays, if you are driving into London.
Access bookings can be made with the box office at the Dominion Theatre, please call 020 7927 0929. If the line is busy or unanswered please leave a message.
The foyer at the theatre is fully accessible to wheelchairs. Inside the auditorium there are 3 wheelchair spaces in the Nederlander Box. This area has level access from the street and disabled toilet facilities.
Should you wish to transfer from a wheelchair to a seat there is a lift from the foyer to the stalls and there is an accessible toilet on this level. The lift cannot take electric wheelchairs because of the additional weight.
There is an infra-red hearing system in the auditorium so that the show can be accessed by those with impaired hearing. To utilise this system the theatre provides either headsets or neck loops. If you wish to use the infra-red system you will need to contact the House Manager when you get to the theatre.
There are also some sign-interpreted performances, please contact the theatre direct for dates and more information.
Guide dogs are welcome throughout the theatre, but because of the noise levels it is recommended that dogs are tended by theatre staff during the show. Please contact the theatre on 020 7927 0900 if you will be taking a guide dog with you when you attend the theatre.
There is disabled parking at the NCP car park at Adeline Place on Great Russell Street. If you speak to the staff at either the box office or merchandise counter you can obtain a 50% discount on parking.
In The Area
Cash/ATM – Nat West cash machine at 45 Tottenham Court Rd; HSBC at 39 Tottenham Court Rd & 138 Shaftesbury Avenue; Lloyds at 88 Tottenham Court Rd. Don't forget that most of the theatres only accept cash at the bar!
Eating – Zizzis is located on Bucknel Street; Cabana Brasilian Barbeque is located on St Giles High Street; or for organic vegan cuisine there is Vantra Vitao on Oxford Street.
Drinking – The Tottenham public house is located next to Carphone Warehouse on the opposite corner to the theatre. If you head left from the theatre down New Oxford Street you will see All Bar One, where you can, of course, eat or drink! Alternatively, 2 doors up from All Bar One is a Starbucks coffee shop.
The theatre was opened in October 1929, but prior to the theatre being built the site was occupied by The Horse Shoe Brewery since 1764. The area is called Saint Giles-in-the-Fields after the church of 1101. Henry I's wife, Queen Matilda was responsible for the founding of St Giles Leper Hospital was built around 1100 on the actual site of the theatre. The monastery, home to the Order of St Lazarus cared for the lepers up until the middle of the 16th century when the disease became less prevalent.
The architects W & TR Milburn were commissioned to design the theatre by Sir Alfred Butt and Richard Henry Gillespie in January 1928. The intention was that it would be a home for musical comedies, but also for use as a cinema. The proposal was for an auditorium on 3 levels with seating for over 2,800.
When the theatre opened in 1929 the first show was a musical comedy on the subject of golf called Follow Through which was not a huge success, and closed after just 148 performances. The next show, Silver Wings, proved even less successful. Unfortunately, the Dominion Theatre did not see much financial success over the next few years, despite live performances, pantomime and movies all being staged there, and in 1932 the company went into the hands of the receiver.
In 1933 the theatre was taken over by Associated Provincial Picture House and had in 1938 the theatre demonstrated colour television – this was the first time that such a transmission had taken place from an outside broadcast. Closure struck the theatre again in 1940 at the height of the Blitz, but luckily the theatre was not damaged heavily and reopened in January 1941.
In February 1957 Bill Haley and The Comets appeared at the theatre, and this was the start of regular live shows. Later the same year Sophie Tucker spent a week on stage, followed by The Judy Garland Show for a month in October/November.
Despite the success of the live shows the main income was still from cinema. New equipment was installed, including Stereophonic sound, but this reduced the seating capacity to just over 1,600.
In April 1958 one of the most notable musicals ever, South Pacific, began a record-breaking run of 4 nearly 4½ years. It was followed by a notable opera, Porgy & Bess.
The European premiere of Cleopatra in August 1963 saw a personal appearance by Liz Taylor and the film stayed at the Dominion for nearly 2 years. For nearly 3 years after that The Sound of Music ran and cemented the Dominion as home to the Hollywood musical in London.
With the introduction of multiplex cinemas, and the reduction of big Hollywood musicals being made it was a tough time for the theatre. Some film premieres were still being shown there, but films no longer ran for long periods.
Rock & Pop music acts such as David Essex, Chris de Burgh, Elkie Brooks, Manhatten Transfer made appearances and the London Festival Ballet took residence for a week, and in between live performances the film premieres continued. The most notable of which was probably the joint premiere, with the Odeon Leicester Square, of Star Wars in December 1977.
The Children's Royal Variety Performance and the Prince's Trust Rock Gala were both “firsts” for the theatre in 1982. The line-up for the Prince's Trust was a very star-studded performance which included Madness, Midge Ure, Phil Collins, Jethro Tull, Pete Townsend and Robert Plant.
Throughout the 1980s many more musical acts performed at the theatre, including Thin Lizzy, Van Morrison, Dolly Parton, Bon Jovi, Sinead O'Connor, David Bowie, U2 and The Boomtown Rats. Between music appearances by ballet, dance and opera companies continued. German electronic band, Tangerine Dream recorded the album Logos at the theatre in 1982 and the album contains a track named after the theatre in tribute.
The theatre has continued with a history of “firsts” including painting the interior of the theatre black for the world premiere of the musical Time, starring Cliff Richard, and later David Cassidy. Frank Bruno's first pantomime appearance in Aladdin was in 1989 and in February 1990 the Brit Awards were held for the first time at the Dominion, when Queen won the award for their Outstanding Contribution to British Music.
After threatened closure again and plans for the building to be turned into either a hotel or a car park, the theatre was saved in 1991 after a “Save Our Theatre” campaign. In 1992 musical theatre returned to the Dominion, beginning with Grand Hotel and followed by Barnum starring Paul Nicholas. 1992 saw yet another “first” for the theatre with the attendance of Prince Charles and Princess Diana at the first Royal Variety Performance to be hosted at the Dominion. The event then went on to be hosted by the Dominion on several occasions, with HM Queen Elizabeth II attending on 3 occasions.
During the 1990s the theatre was home to a series of live shows, including Paul McKenna's hypnotic show, Stars of the Bolshoi, comedy with Billy Connolly, music with Michael Ball, Shirley MacLaine and Duran Duran. Bill Hicks filmed the legendary comedy special, Revelations at the theatre during this time.
Also during the 1990s the new production of Grease opened in 1993 for 3 years and then returned, after going on tour, in 2001. Other productions included Scrooge with Anthony Newley, A Christmas Carol and Beauty and The Beast.
In 2002 We Will Rock You, based on the songs of Queen, opened, celebrated its 1000th performance in 2005 and became the longest running show ever at the Dominion in 2006. Despite this fact the show was due to close in October 2006 to embark on a UK tour, but popular demand kept the show going and it won a “favourite long running show” award in 2011 and celebrated its 10th birthday in 2012. The musical was created by Queen guitarist Brian May, and Queen drummer Roger Taylor in association with British comedian Ben Elton.
The theatre is currently owned and operated independently by the Nederlander organisation.