Tottenham Court Road Theatres

Dominion Theatre and Tottenham Court Road Underground station entranceTottenham Court Road tube station is a gateway for some of the West End's most popular and important theatres. The central London street of Tottenham Court Road also forms part of a major shopping district. Tottenham Court Road is also close to the British Museum and Centre Point, the West End's tallest building.

Dominion Theatre

Dominion Theatre on Tottenham Court Road was originally built for live shows. The theatre's location was once the home of the Horse Shoe Brewery, the site of the 1914 London Beer Flood. Opened in 1929, the theatre features a concave Portland stone façade. Inside, the Dominion Theatre retains its original 1920s light fittings and beautiful art deco plasterwork. With business faltering during the 1930s, the Dominion was converted to also show films.

One of the Dominion's first major shows was The Judy Garland Show in 1957. Since then, the Dominion has earned a reputation for showcasing musical theatre. Previous productions have included Grease, Scrooge: The Musical, Swan Lake, Beauty and the Beast, and Notre Dame de Paris. Most recently, the Dominion staged We Will Rock You. Based on music by Queen, the musical debuted at the theatre in 2002. The West End theatre has a capacity of 2,163 over two levels. The nearest London Underground station to the Dominion is Tottenham Court Road, which is located across from the theatre.

Phoenix Theatre

Since it opened in 1930, the Phoenix Theatre has hosted a number of celebrated plays. The first play to be staged at the theatre was the premiere of Private Lives by Noel Coward. The production began a partnership between the theatre and the playwright that lasted over three decades. The West End theatre has since staged successful runs of Love for Love by John Gielgud, Harlequinade and The Browning Version by Terence Rattigan, a musical version of The Canterbury Tales, and Night and Day by Tom Stoppard.

The Phoenix Theatre features a neoclassical exterior and an Italianate style interior. The theatre has a capacity for 1,012 theatregoers on three levels. Owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group, recent productions have included Willy Russell's Blood Brothers. The musical's run of 21 years made it the longest-running production at the Phoenix. Once, a Broadway musical, began its original West End run in April 2013. Located on Charing Cross Road, the Phoenix Theatre is a five minute walk south of Tottenham Court Road station.

Prince Edward Theatre

Named in honour of then Prince Edward and the future King Edward VIII, the 1,618-seat Prince Edward Theatre on Old Compton Street opened in 1930. Renamed the London Casino in 1935, the theatre served as a dance and cabaret hall until it was damaged during the Second World War. The theatre reopened as a club for servicemen in 1942 as the Queensberry All Services Club. It was eventually restored for theatre use after the war but was converted again in 1974, this time as the Casino Cinerama Theatre. Operating again as a theatre from 1978 under its original name, the Prince Edward saw the world premiere of Evita in 1978 and the revival of Crazy for You in 1993. In 1998, the ABBA musical Mamma Mia! premiered at the theatre. More recently, Mary Poppins, Jersey Boys and Miss Saigon have been staged at the West End theatre. The theatre is a seven minute walk south from Tottenham Court Road tube station.

Shaftesbury Theatre

One of London's leading West End stages since 1911, the Shaftesbury Theatre has showcased several revivals in recent years. Known as the Prince's Theatre during its early years, the first production at the theatre was The Three Musketeers. The theatre was the last to be built on Shaftesbury Avenue and adopted its current name in 1962. Its original was capacity of 2,392, although it now accommodates 1,400 theatregoers. The Shaftesbury Theatre is a five minute walk east of Tottenham Court Road tube station. Many plays and musicals have had long runs at the Shaftesbury, including Broadway originals Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in the 1960s. Other major productions included Hair, West Side Story, Follies, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Rent. Since a refurbishment in 2006, the theatre has put on the European premiere of Hairspray in 2007 and Flashdance The Musical in 2010. Other recent productions at the Shaftesbury have included Fame: The Musical, Rock of Ages, and From Here to Eternity the Musical.

Soho Theatre

Built in 2000, the Soho Theatre mainly presents new works of theatre and comedy. In addition to supporting new writers through a writers' programme, the theatre also showcases cabaret productions. The Soho features a 140-seat theatre and a smaller studio theatre for 85 to 100 spectators. The off-West End theatre traces its roots to the Soho Theatre Company, which was formed in 1969. The company performed at a theatre on Old Compton Street before moving to the Soho Poly. It is now the resident theatre company at the Soho. Situated on Dean Street, the Soho Theatre is a five minute walk south-west of Tottenham Court Road station.