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Restoration

We are always working hard to ensure that the Grade II listed Dominion Theatre remains the best that it can be for visitors and productions alike, enhancing its original art deco features while also ensuring that it has all that audiences need in a busy 21st century theatre.

The theatre is currently closed for refurbishments as we improve our Stage Door and backstage area, and flatten our stage which will allow us to house a wider variety of shows in the future. The theatre is set to reopen in September 2019.

Our last major refurbishment came at the end of the 12-year reign of We Will Rock You in 2014 - an intense three and half month, multi-million pound project, which improved our Front of House areas for visitors and made us one of the most technologically advanced theatres in the West End.

Some highlights of the 2014 refurbishment:

grid 300 x 200The Flying System – One of the key elements to a functional stage house making sure scene changes happen smoothly and without interruption. The new 56 bar counterweight system and runway beam system has the ability to hold over 40 tonnes of weight. This was by far the largest singular installation in the refurbishment programme and has given us the ability to house the grandest of productions.

new-gents-landscape-300x00Front of House – After the terrific response we received after the opening of the Premiere Bar, we decided to replicate the style throughout all the bar areas. We also finished the refurbishment of all toilets in the theatre, adding in extra cubicles where possible to help reduce waiting times.

 

20141004-royal-rooms-0008-300x200The Royal Rooms – We completely renovated this area, which had been used for storage for a number of years, transforming it into two luxurious, spacious hospitality suites with private entrances, toilets and bar/catering areas, allowing you to upgrade your theatre experience to one you will never forget. This space also has the added bonus of becoming one large function room.

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The Proscenium Arch – At over 80ft, this was one of the largest challenges in the project with over 170 hours of painting and restoration. The gold detailing saw one of the theatre's original features restored and all damage to the beautifully crafted plasterwork has been lovingly repaired.

 

Dominion TheatreThe Auditorium – Last fully refurbished in 1991, a surface area of 5225m2 of fibrous plaster was surveyed, repaired and redecorated. The list of works inside is extensive but includes reupholstering of all the seats, new lighting fixtures, new handrails and restoring four previously boarded up arches with newly crafted plaster work enhancing the theatre’s stunning 1920s art deco features.

Dominion orchestra pitOrchestra Pit – Previously unused since Beauty and the Beast in 2001, the orchestra pit was restored and enlarged, allowing us to house a 21 piece orchestra. Reinstating the pit rail was a big task; using the remains of the previous one, we recreated the wooden rail that divides the band and the audience.

 

Dominion Foyer 2015Main Foyer – Once the Freddie Mercury statue and shimmer curtain were removed from the front elevation we re-instated the windows which were hidden behind; bringing natural light into our foyer and The Studio. From cleaning the marble on the walls, plaster repairs, painting, re-carpeting and French polishing, not a single part of the Dominion’s grand entrance was left untouched.

?The Carpet – This bespoke carpet was over two years in the making and designed with a focus on the theatre's features; each curve and line carefully selected from details found in the plaster, wood and metal work throughout the theatre. For example, the rose on the carpet can be found on doors, metalwork, the auditorium ceiling and the proscenium arch.

 


box-office-windows-300x189Box Office – It is incredibly rare to have an opportunity to refurbish a Box Office as they rarely close. However, our Box Office Team temporarily relocated to continue selling tickets during the refurbishment, allowing for the Box Office to be completely redesigned internally and fully refurbished externally for the first time in almost 30 years.

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The Front Elevation – Stone repairs and thorough cleaning gave the theatre’s facade a much-needed revival after years of pollution and discolouring. One of the most exciting projects was the reinstatement of a huge ornate stone depicting two gryphons above the windows. It is believed to have been removed in 1932 to make way for an aeroplane which was placed on the canopy during the musical ‘Silver Wings’.

In summer 2017, we completed this refurbishment project with the installation of our LED front of house screen. The largest digital screen on a West End theatre, but still in keeping with the classic look of the theatre, this screen allows us to update show artwork without having to disrupt the many pedestrians that pass by the theatre every day.