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Dominion Theatre history

Designed by the architect brothers William and T.R Millburn, the Dominion opened on 3rd October 1929 and is a Grade II listed building. The site on which the theatre sits was previously the home of a brewery and a funfair. Much like the Apollo Victoria theatre, the Dominion was originally built as a mega-cinema with 3 tiers. Today the third tier of seats has gone and the originally capacity reduced to just over 2000.

After the first few years of ‘talkies’, the theatre become the home of opera, variety acts and dance performances. In the 1950s and 1960s it presented long runs of musicals films including The Sound of Music and South Pacific, as well as presenting huge, lavish concerts by famous people like Judy Garland, Maurice Chevalier, Sophie Tucker and Shirley MacLaine.

The infamous Dave Clark musical staring Cliff Richard, Time, opened there at the Dominion Theatre in 1986. The musical was Richard’s West End debut and also featured the legendary Laurence Olivier… as a hologram!

Two big West End flops have also been through the doors of the theatre: Bernadette and the Broadway transfer of Grand Hotel. In July 1993, the musical Grease opened to great acclaim, securing a long run until it eventually moved to the Cambridge Theatre in October 1996. Some other notable shows staged at the theatre include Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Notre Dame de Paris and several Royal Variety Performances.

In 2002, Ben Elton’s musical We Will Rock You, based on the music of rock band Queen, opened at the Dominion and has gone on to become the longest-running show ever at the venue. The production was hit and miss with the critics, but the public voted with their feet and made it one of the most popular West End musicals.

Past productions

The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard

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This is not a sugary-sweet romance. This isn't teen stuff. This is a grown-up, rocky and dramatic romance, where love is hard won and the path to it is strewn with danger. It's The Bodyguard, and it's back in the West End for a strictly limited...
Booking from: Friday, 15 July 2016
Booking until: Saturday, 7 January 2017
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes
The War Of The Worlds

The War Of The Worlds

Booking from: Monday, 8 February 2016
Booking until: Saturday, 30 April 2016
Elf Musical

Elf Musical

If you've seen the movie you'll love this, the stage version of Elf. It's the tall tale of young orphan Buddy, who mistakenly crawls into Santa's sack and ends up living with Santa at the North Pole. The musical scored a big hit on Broadway, toured...
Booking from: Saturday, 24 October 2015
Booking until: Saturday, 2 January 2016
Aliens Love Underpants

Aliens Love Underpants

Booking from: Saturday, 1 August 2015
Booking until: Saturday, 5 September 2015
Running time: 55 minutes
Psycho with Live Orchestra

Psycho with Live Orchestra

Booking from: Wednesday, 4 March 2015
Booking until: Wednesday, 4 March 2015
Frozen Sing-along

Frozen Sing-along

Booking from: Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Booking until: Saturday, 28 February 2015
Running time: 1 hour 42 minutes
White Christmas

White Christmas

Booking from: Saturday, 8 November 2014
Booking until: Saturday, 3 January 2015
Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes
We Will Rock You

We Will Rock You

read reviews Booking from: Friday, 12 April 2002
Booking until: Saturday, 31 May 2014
Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes
West End Eurovision - The Final Battle

West End Eurovision - The Final Battle

Booking from: Thursday, 22 May 2014
Booking until: Thursday, 22 May 2014
Running time: 3 hours
West End Heroes

West End Heroes

Booking from: Sunday, 23 June 2013
Booking until: Sunday, 23 June 2013
Running time: TBC