The Dominion Theatre
is a West End theatre
situated on Tottenham Court Road
close to St Giles' Circus
and Centre Point
Tower, in the London Borough of Camden
. The building was built in 1928-29, designed by W and TR Milburn with a steel-framed construction and a concave Portland stone facade, and became a cinema
in 1930. It is no longer used for film premières, and now mainly hosts live stage shows and concerts. It has a seating capacity
of 2,182 in two tiers of galleries. The theatre retains its 1920s light fittings.
Tangerine Dream's album Logos was recorded there in 1982, and contains a tune called "Dominion" in tribute.
In the mid 1980s the Dominion hosted the musical Time, which required gutting and reconstructing the theatre to accommodate the show's groundbreaking effects.
Since the early 1990s the venue has played host to a unique version of Jesus Christ Superstar, David Ian and Paul Nicholas' new production of Grease, Scrooge: The Musical, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, a return of Grease, and Notre Dame de Paris among others. Bernadette The Musical, written by Maureen and Gwyn Hughes, also enjoyed a short run in 1990.
In 2002, the hit stage musical We Will Rock You, based on the songs of Queen, created by Queen guitarist Brian May and British comedian Ben Elton opened. The show was due to close in October 2006 before embarking on a UK tour, but due to popular demand has been extended indefinitely.
On Sundays, Hillsong London holds three (or more) church services throughout the day there.
The Dominion has had a variety of owners during its history. It has been operated by The Rank Organisation
and Apollo Leisure from 1988 to 1999. In 1999 Apollo Leisure was taken over by SFX Entertainment and in 2001 SFX Entertainment was bought by Clear Channel Entertainment
, part of the US based multinational. It is now part of Live Nation
- ClearChannel's entertainments spin-off organisation.
Recent and present productions
Nearby Tube Stations
- Guide to British Theatres 1750-1950, John Earl and Michael Sell pp. 106-7 (Theatres Trust, 2000) ISBN 0-7136-5688-3