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WE WILL ROCK YOU (musical)
Ends 31st May 2014.

Set in a future where there is no music, a boy called "Galileo Figaro" hears tunes and brings them to his world. The music is a mixture of past hits by rock group "Queen", the script is by Ben Elton.

This production contains strobe lighting.

View video clips about this production.


 

Theatremonkey Opinion:

Visually, this justifies every penny spent on the production. The staging is beyond even the most lavish pop concert. Somebody also thought to invest plenty of money in a talented cast, good sound system, and....a decent script.

Yes, Ben Elton manages to weave a story around a bunch of unrelated lyrics. If the story itself if pure hokum, no matter. The wit and panache of the show pull it off to great effect. The subversive and hysterical history of Pop (you have to be there) projected onto the curtain before the start, and the tagging on of (not telling you, spoils the surprise) make this an unexpectedly good evening.

Truthfully, this is not a show for those who pathologically dislike rock music. Queen music haters should avoid it - it is unlikely to convert you - as should anyone seeking a traditional old time musical. Those open minded to new musical experiences will, however, leave the theatre as impressed as the monkey. 

This is the future of the West End, not the past - see My Fair Lady for that! Most will get plenty from this show. It probably won't last as long as Queen itself, but it should have a pretty good run all the same. The monkey wishes it well.

 

Your Reviews: Add your own by clicking here.
Important: Some reviews below can contain "spoilers" - please don't read if this bothers you!

Latest 5 reviews:
For earlier reviews by contributors, click here
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Let me start by saying that most of my family have thoroughly enjoyed 'We Will Rock You' and I am aware of its popularity for nearly a decade! However, having been an avid Queen fan for over 35 years, I found it quite bizarre how so many lyrics were changed - especially 'Radio Ga-Ga' and the truly awful choreography that goes with it. I do understand new wording was necessary to fit the story of the Ga-Gas and the Bohemians and that it was done with the help of Brian May and Roger Taylor, but for the first half an hour I honestly hated the performance! Apologies to all die-hard fans of the show but I am only giving my opinion.

Ignoring the silly story line, I did get into it by the second half and was actually clapping and singing along. Alex Gaumond is vocally strong, though the part of Galileo is so annoyingly wimpy! Lauren Samuels sings well as Scaramouche but oh her Essex (?) accent is so irritating! I enjoyed the characters of Meat and Brit (Rachel John and Wayne Robinson - well done to you both - my favourites in the entire show) as it added some real humour and the singing and acting was great. Kevin Kennedy (AKA Curly Watts from 'Coronation Street') was also great in the role of Pops.

A ridiculous story-line created to bring together a sack-load of wonderful Queen tracks from the past - I can't really knock that idea, just not what I had hoped for!

Word of advice. I love front row in the stalls at productions like 'Les Mis' and 'Phantom,' but here the stage is way, may higher so you miss a lot of the bottom part of the set and cannot see Killer Queen (Brenda Edwards - not a bad performance by the former X-Factor star) when SPOILER ALERT she is raised up over the audience SPOILER ENDS - at least not without straining your neck badly! I would recommend sitting at least several rows back if you choose the stalls. Overall, I am glad to have seen it but wouldn't choose to do so ever again.
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Where to take a German business colleague in London.....I decided Queen were very international so booked tickets for 'We Will Rock You' on 24th January 2012. As I paid for both tickets myself (business expenses don't stretch to the theatre), got a deal in the stalls - row VV 11 and 12 £23 per ticket. Quite a long way from the stage - and the top was not visible because of the overhang from the circle - but I don't think we missed anything. The rake is good and the seat space much better than a lot of other theatres, I'm 5ft 9 and fitted in comfortably. What was even better was rows Y and Z were completely empty so we had an unobscured view of the stage.

The show: liked the sets, liked the music (a lot), enjoyed it overall but there was something a little lacking. I think part of the problem is you can't quite connect with the two main characters Galileo and Scaramouche. Galileo needed a good kick up the backside and Scaramouche was irritating. The latter part was played by Lauren Samuels from the Dorothy show - absolutely lovely, powerful voice but the acting - particularly the voice - was grating. I never realised she was so small, I always thought (thinking back some time now) that she was one of the taller Dorothy contestants... the others must have been tiny!

I also sat through the show thinking surely that can't be Curly from Coronation Street on stage, no use asking my German colleague, she just looked at me rather blankly - but I managed to take a peak at someone's programme and yes it was in the role of Pop - thought he did very well. The part of the Killer Queen and Meat were played by the understudies but they both did really well, particularly the Killer Queen.

Overall an enjoyable show, not the best (much preferred 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert') but not the worst I've seen. For an entertaining evening out in London it was a hit and, yes, my German friend enjoyed it very much.

Jackie,
Devon
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Off to the theatre again last night for "We Will Rock You" (22nd August 2012). Plenty of empty seats including two complete rows in the centre block of the Circle to our left - we've been to 'Sweeney Todd,' 'Jersey Boys' and 'WWRY' in the past month and I've never seen so many empty seats in the West End - the Olympic factor or sign of bad times generally for the theatre?

The seats then. We sat in the Circle, seats C10, C11 and C12, on the aisle side of the right-hand side block of the Circle. Tickets through Kids' Week again (which lasts for the whole of August this year as opposed to the normal fortnight) so my daughter's ticket was free as opposed to the £62 for ours. The aisle bar was definitely in view from all three seats and although I got used to it I'd say its something to be aware of. My wife (C12) thought it was quite restrictive. The general view of the stage was good with nothing out of sight at all although when the cast were at the very front of the right-hand side of the stage I could only see them from the waist up. Rake is OK and legroom was fine for me at 5'6" and the sound was fine. I'd say fair value only at full price for these seats.

In the interval I had a look from C13 on the other side of the aisle and found it much better, with the aisle bar out of play. I'd go for this block in future in preference to where we sat.
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Saw 'We Will Rock You' on 20th October 2012 – what a fantastic show and the current cast are fantastic. It was one of those ‘Oh My Goodness, I didn’t know it was going to be THAT good’ shows (there are a few in the West End!!). Took our daughter (who’s 9), but has heard a good smattering on Queen songs in her life and she thoroughly enjoyed it, although didn’t understand some of the adult humour (thankfully!!).

It’s a funny, current and so brilliantly executed show, I would have no doubt whatsoever in recommending it to others.

We sat in the Circle, Row C, seats 17,16 and 15 and could clearly see all of the action.

Kathryn.
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Tickets purchased as a part of an organised weekend 2013 theatre break, so we had no option but to accept the allocated seats. We were seated in the circle – row N, seats one and two. Not a great deal of legroom for taller people, but adequate for those of us who are vertically challenged. Tiers are quite steep, ends of rows can by definition result in some loss of viewing action on the stage, we didn’t feel this was the case.

The show itself? Having seen the touring version in Edinburgh, I had some idea of what to expect. Yes, the script is corny, but the cast (none of whom were “big names”) gave it their all, the musicians were outstanding and the lighting was amazing, the visual effects were impressive and of course the music was pure Queen, the show certainly rocked me!!
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Another, longer review is available at reader Trud's page: http://www.Catnip.o-f.com/wwrychat.htm 

Reader Pip also recommends fan site http://www.wwry-london.co.uk/index.php?page=home as being very useful to those keen on the show.

 

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Performance Schedule:
The monkey advises checking performance times on your tickets and that performances are happening as scheduled, before travelling.

Monday to Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Extra performances at 2.30pm take place on the last Wednesday of each month, plus peak holiday periods only.

Runs 2 hours 50 minutes approx, including one interval.
 

 

Ticket Prices:

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All performances EXCEPT Saturday Evenings and "Peak Week" performances:
Stalls 
Rows A to Z centre blocks except "premium seats": £66.25
"Premium seats" rows J and K 13 to 36: £86.25
Rows A to U side blocks: £66.25
Rows V to Z side blocks: £56.25
Rows VV to XX all blocks: £45.25
Rows YY to ZZ all blocks: £35.25

Circle
Rows A to G: £66.25 (except row A 2, 3, 11 to 13, 24 to 27, 37 to 40, 49 and 50 and B 1, 2, 11 to 13, 24 to 27, 37 to 40, 49 and 50)
Row A 2, 3, 11 to 13, 24 to 27, 37 to 40, 49 and 50 and B 1, 2, 11 to 13, 24 to 27, 37 to 40, 49 and 50 (restricted view): £56.25
Rows J to N (except J and K 6 to 9, 15 to 18, 27 to 30 and 38 to 41): £50.25
Row H, plus rows  J and K 6 to 9, 15 to 18, 27 to 30 and 38 to 41: £45.25
Rows O, P to Q: £35.25

Standing £16.25. These are in the rear stalls and normally only sold on the day of performance if all other seats are sold out.

"Day Seats": A limited number of tickets may be available to personal callers at the box office before Monday to Thursday performances from 10am until noon, priced £33.25 each. The monkey always advises taking both cards and cash in case one is preferred over the other. Check with the box office before travelling if this policy is still in operation.

 

 


All Saturday Evening and "Peak Week" performances - including 28th April until 31st May 2014 ONLY:
Stalls 
Rows A to Z centre blocks except "premium seats": £68.25
"Premium seats" rows J and K 13 to 36: £91.25
Rows A to U side blocks: £68.25
Rows V to Z side blocks: £58.25
Rows VV to XX all blocks: £47.25
Rows YY to ZZ all blocks: £37.25

Circle
Rows A to G: £68.25 (except row A 2, 3, 11 to 13, 24 to 27, 37 to 40, 49 and 50 and B 1, 2, 11 to 13, 24 to 27, 37 to 40, 49 and 50)
Row A 2, 3, 11 to 13, 24 to 27, 37 to 40, 49 and 50 and B 1, 2, 11 to 13, 24 to 27, 37 to 40, 49 and 50 (restricted view): £58.25
Rows J to N (except J and K 6 to 9, 15 to 18, 27 to 30 and 38 to 41): £52.25
Row H, plus rows  J and K 6 to 9, 15 to 18, 27 to 30 and 38 to 41: £47.25
Rows O, P to Q: £37.25

Standing £16.25. These are in the rear stalls and normally only sold on the day of performance if all other seats are sold out.

Day Seats: A limited number of tickets may be available to personal callers at the box office before Monday to Thursday performances from 10am until noon, priced £33.25 each. The monkey always advises taking both cards and cash in case one is preferred over the other. Check with the box office before travelling if this policy is still in operation.

 

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Buying Tickets Online:

Other Box Office Information

Tickets offered differ between outlets. Outlets also may offer different seats via their phone and online systems. Offers may be available click here.
Theatre Box Office:
www.ticketmaster.co.uk provide the service for this theatre.
This site allows you to choose your own tickets from those available.

Booking fees per ticket for online bookings:
A £1.25 per ticket booking fee applies on all prices.

A £2.50 per booking, not per ticket delivery fee applies on postal bookings. The cheaper option is £1.50 for those wishing to print tickets at home for themselves.

 

 

Other Online Choices (with S.T.A.R. genuine ticket agencies):

When the theatre does not have the tickets you desire available, it is well worth trying the Theatremonkey Ticketshop agency, telephone 020 7420 9778 (0044 207 420 9778 if calling from outside the United Kingdom), which offers £66.25 seats with a £10 booking fee (£10.25 on £68.25, £8.75 on £58.25, £8.50 on £56.25 tickets - moderate by agency standards, though higher than box office fees, worth trying as they often have a choice of seats available! Note that this system will confirm exact seat numbers prior to purchase. A £1.95 per booking, not per ticket, handling fee may apply on some transactions by telephone. NO handling fee applies for online purchases.

Another alternative is www.seetickets.com / telephone 0870 830 0200 which offers £66.25 seats with a £6.63 per ticket booking fee (£6.83 on £68.25, £5.83 on £58.25, £5.63 on £56.25 seats) and £2.75 per booking (not per ticket) postal charge. (FREE call if using BT.com Calling Plan at your chosen times).

Encore Tickets (telephone 0207 400 1253 / 0044 207 400 1253 if calling from outside the United Kingdom) offer £66.25 seats with a £17.75 booking fee per ticket (£17.75 on £68.25, £15.75 on £58.25, £14.75 on £56.25, £13.75 on £52.75 and £50.25, £12.75 on £47.25 and £45.25, £11.75 on £43.25, £9.75 on £37.25 seats). A postage charge of £2.25 per booking, not per ticket may be applied to bookings made from UK addresses more than 5 days before the performance. The "Flexiticket" Exchange Service, allowing FREE transfer / cancellation (credit note up to 12 months) of your booking up to 3 days before the performance is also available for £2.50 per ticket. Discounts and "Meal and Show" packages may also be available. Quality and Value hotel / theatre ticket packages are also available.

Lastminute.com offer seats with the following booking fees: £8.50 on £66.25, £6.10 on £50.25 seats except Saturday Evenings and "peak date" performances - £8.75 on £68.25 (£10.15 from 26th May 2014), £6.40 on £52.25 seats. NOTE: Seat numbers are NOT available in advance from this company. All seats booked in the same price group will, of course, be together or at the very least be in front or behind each other in the theatre. In the very unlikely event of this not being possible this company will call you and give you the option of cancelling your booking. However if booking in two or more price bands, you will not be sat together. Please DO NOT purchase if this is unacceptable to you, as all tickets are sold subject to this condition. Discounts and "Meal and Show" packages may also be available. Quality and Value hotel / theatre ticket packages are also available.

Londontheatredirect.com offer £66.25 and £68.25 seats with up to an £11 booking fee per ticket (depending on seat location, the fee can vary from £10 to £11 per seat). Collecting tickets from the box office before your performance is free, OR, if required and time allows, there is a postage charge option of of £2.95 (£4.95 to non-UK addresses) per booking, not per ticket applies to all bookings. Optional Ticket Insurance is also available. Discounts and Meal and Show Packages may also be available.

ALSO SEE Tickettree.com for great value "hotel and theatre ticket" packages.

Bookings can also be made via the official Queen website www.queenonline.com (which directs you to Ticketmaster).

Other Independent S.T.A.R. ticket agencies may also offer an alternative choice of seats.


 

Box Office Information:
Tickets offered differ between outlets. Outlets also may offer different seats via their phone and online systems. Offers may be available click here.
Theatre Box Office:
Telephone: 0870 169 0116
( 0161 385 3211 if you cannot use the 0870 number)
Operated by Ticketmaster on behalf of the venue.

Booking fees per ticket for telephone bookings:
A £1.25 per ticket booking fee applies on all prices.

A £2.50 per booking, not per ticket delivery fee applies on postal bookings. The cheaper option is to book online, where the fee is £1.50 for those wishing to print tickets at home for themselves.

For personal callers or by post: Tottenham Court Road, London. W1P 0AG
No booking fee for personal callers. By post, cheques payable to "Dominion Theatre".

Special Access Needs Customers:
Wheelchair users and other registered disabled theatregoers can book their seats on 020 7927 0929 and enquire about concessionary prices that may be available to them. The wheelchair users line connects to the theatre box office in London. See Notes.

www.dominiontheatre.com is the official theatre website.

 

 
 
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Theatre Seat Opinions:
Please remember that cheaper seats often do not offer the same view / location quality as top price ones, and that ticket prices are designed to reflect this difference.

Seating Plan Diagram

Stalls Dress Circle Notes
STALLS 
Layout:
Vast, 28 rows, 50 seats per row in four blocks, split by aisles.

The rake (sloped floor to help see over rows in front) is very good, aiding the view.

The Dress Circle overhangs the Stalls at row K. The top of the stage becomes invisible from row T back.

Legroom:
Excellent, particularly row A.

A larger reader opines, "Very comfy and large seats in the stalls for the larger person."

Choosing Seats in General:
Centre Blocks:
Sightlines are clear from all seats in the two centre blocks.

Rows D to H are the best seats in the stalls.

Other seats in these blocks offer fair value for money until you get nearer the last "top price" rows.

Rows V to Z at top price is fairly greedy, considering the distance from the stage. Only the clear sightlines and good legroom allow the monkey to rate them "average" value 

The last rows - VV to ZZ feel far from the stage. The central blocks of these rows are a comparable choice with the rear Dress Circle, if they are available at the same price, feels the monkey.

Manual wheelchair users have three spaces in rows XX, YY and ZZ at the back of the stalls. These do not have the greatest view but are fairly priced. Motorised chair users get put in a seldom used box at Dress Circle level. Transfer to any centre aisle seat is also possible. This is more like equal access in Theatremonkey's opinion.

Side Blocks:
It is worth particularly avoiding the ends of rows A to S, A seats 1 to 10 and A 31 to 34, B 31 to 34, C 31 to 35, D 34 to 38, E 34 to 39, F 34 to 39, G and H 37 to 43, J and K 39 to 46, L 39 to 47, and M to S 41 to 50. These are the ends of the row and the viewing angle is often disrupted by bits of scenery during many productions; anyhow, why should you pay the same as those more centrally seated, argues the monkey.

Past row T the distance from the stage compensates for the angle and the view is usually clear, though the closer to the centre aisle, the better - and why settle for a side view when one can pay the same money for centre block tickets?

From row V back, pricing usually makes the first four seats adjacent to the aisle worth considering as average value in monkey opinion - but the closer to the centre aisle the better.

The rest of rows VV to ZZ at third price offer just about fair value - even the outermost corners have their fans.

In summary, it really is only the clear sightlines and good legroom allow the monkey to rate all but the ends of these rows as "average" value. Oh, and even the standing space isn't too bad either...

General Hazard Notes:
The stage is very high and the orchestra pit, (when in use - not for this production) is wide. This means neck ache for those in row A, plus the odd sensation of feeling like one is sitting on the lip of the Grand Canyon. Not  a reason to avoid, just an interesting feeling this monkey has (similar to the one after too many nuts).

Row XX seats 26 to 38 are in front of the technical desk, and so could suffer noise and distraction!

Changes for the current production:
The stage extends over the orchestra pit, and is higher and deeper than usual.

Centre block rows J and K are at "premium" prices. There are really good seats in front and behind them for less cash, feels the monkey.

Current pricing makes rows Y and Z centre overpriced at all shows feels the monkey.

Keen pricing makes rows VV and WW good value at all performances except Saturday Evenings and peak performances (when they become about average) in monkey opinion - and reader Tim Holloway concurs.

Reader Comments:
"Row A:
was in front row of stalls which is fine, although you miss a small amount of action at rear of stage"

"Row A: I love front row in the stalls at productions like 'Les Mis' and 'Phantom,' but here the stage is way, may higher so you miss a lot of the bottom part of the set and cannot see Killer Queen when SPOILER ALERT she is raised up over the audience SPOILER ENDS - at least not without straining your neck badly! I would recommend sitting at least several rows back if you choose the stalls. Overall, I am glad to have seen it but wouldn't choose to do so ever again."

"A18 and 19: Although these seats are the most spacious I have had the pleasure of sitting in at a west end show, at times these seats are just too close to the stage! As the stage rises and spins over the audience, these seats are directly beneath and all that can be seen is the black underside of the stage. Also, as the action takes places way from the front of the stage you do miss some of the action. However at a show such as 'We Will Rock You,' these seats allow you to make the most of the atmosphere, whilst at times feeling like you practically sat at the edge of the stage."

"A26, 27 and 28: I thought I had scored great tickets when I got A26, 27 and 28. The show was phenomenal, but now I know why those seats were available. To look up at the stage, I was constantly craning my neck. When the front part of the stage lifted up and out overhead, I had to crane my neck upwards and still then it was hard to see with the stage “surfboard” overhead. Plus, during the intermission, a theatre employee set up at the foot of the aisle to sell ice cream. People were congregating, chatting right in front of us, so when others walked by they had to cut right in front of my long-legged husband who was sitting on the aisle in A28. After several instances of crunched toes, he just got up to stand at the stage, way out of the way until “ice cream-boy” was done selling. If I had know now what I knew, I would have tried to get seats a tiny bit further back."

"B 16 to 19. (Daniel). The stage was slightly above head height but it didn’t matter at all. As these seats were central we could see everything clearly, whether at the front or the back of the stage, and didn’t have to strain our necks in any way at all. Whilst obviously not as good as seats a few rows further back they were still really good, comfortable seats. The advantage of being so close was you could really see the actors particularly well as you’re so close to them (the band is in the wings so the front of the stage is right in front of you). It was enjoyable to see all their facial expressions. And you almost feel part of the show at the board table rotates above your head."

"D 8 to 11: These seats are fantastic as they are so close to the stage and you can see the actors really well. The only downside is the noise as the front rows are close to the speakers. It can be too loud, but I don't mind the noise and loved the seats!!!"

"D12 and 13: Leg room great, view great."

"E12 to 17: (Mandi). which were fantastic although the band was noisier than when we were in the dress circle! Fantastic for me but my mother in law was a bit shocked at first!"

"J41: (Kirsty). According to your plan is in red, but I really liked the seat. Sure I was at the side, but I could still see everything that happened onstage and if I was offered this seat again I would take it. I could see all the actors expressions clearly, but the only thing I may have missed out on was seeing the very left hand side of the stage where nothing really happens anyway, LOL."

"O 25: an aisle seat, should be in green - you can see and hear everything."

"Q11 and 12: (Teresa Gustafsson). Got full price tickets (£60) for £30 at TKTS -  Q11 and 12. We had a perfect clear view of the stage, although at a slight angle, and we sat close enough to see the actor’s faces! The music was really too loud though and sometimes you couldn’t even hear what they were singing."

"R33 to 35: (Ali). We had stalls, row R 33-35. Legroom was possibly the best of any theatre I've been to so far, and the seats were wide enough for any 'fat bottomed girl' (like me!)."

"VV 11 and 12: (Jackie). Got a deal at £23 per ticket in January 2012. Quite a long way from the stage - and the top was not visible because of the overhang from the circle - but I don't think we missed anything. The rake is good and the seat space much better than a lot of other theatres, I'm 5ft 9 and fitted in comfortably. What was even better was rows Y and Z were completely empty so we had an unobscured view of the stage."

"VV 15 and 16: (Cristopher H). The view was fabulous."

"Row WW: (William Cooper - regular reader). The height of the circle above and the rake of the stalls gave a clear, if distant, view. This meant that, although these seats were bottom price, they were at least comparable to second-price rear stalls at other popular musicals. That said the bottom price of £27.50 (now £32.50 / £39.50) is fairly similar to second price for other big shows."

"YY 49 and 50: (Kevin). I was a little apprehensive before going as these particular seats are given a red rating on theatre monkey (changed now - Editor). They are situated at the rear of the stalls on the left hand side, however I was pleasantly surprised at our position and the good views of the stage. There was no restriction of our view. If you are looking for a cheaper ticket price, still with good views and comfort, then these seats are the ones."

"Standing Space: (Hannah). We had standing tickets (£15 on the day). They are at the back of the stalls, give an excellent view and plenty of room to rock out if you so desire. Worth it if you are cheap and have good legs. (Physically, not aesthetically, the monkey notes)."

 

DRESS CIRCLE 
Called the CIRCLE in this theatre.

Layout:
Vast tiered affair. split into front and rear sections by a wide aisle running between rows G and H. 

The front section is split into four blocks by aisles.

The rear section is split into five blocks by aisles. The centre block in this section has stairwell gap at the front of it.

Legroom:
Good, but less row A and behind the stairwell wall in row L seats 23 and 24. Those under 5ft 6 or so will be most comfortable in this pair.

A larger reader opines that "Circle area seats seemed slightly smaller than the stalls, but still acceptable." Another remarks,
"Row A seats 34 to 36. I'm 6ft 2. I had plenty of room, maybe not as much as the other rows up there, but I could still get comfortable without any problems."

Another adds, "Legroom acceptable for 6ft2 in row E."

Choosing Seats in General:
Front Section:
The centre two blocks - rows A to G seats 13 to 38 offer the best views in the house.

Once centre section seats have gone, the two side blocks, except for seats 1 to 4 and 47 to 50, are preferable to seats in the side blocks of the stalls. This is due to a better viewing angle to the stage, feels the monkey.

Rear Section:
The rear block betrays this theatre's cinema origins. It is easy to imagine looking at a ten foot tall Julie Andrews on a screen from here (the Dominion ran the movie 'The Sound Of Music' for ages) but a regular height actor on a stage is different.

Entry to these blocks is up a gantry like set of stairs from the circle foyer. Naturally, the front block inhabitants get the level access - still, come the revolution…

The rear block is split into five segments. At the sides, H to K seats 1 to 7 and 40 to 46 are last resort at top or second price. When more keenly priced, they are fair value, feels the monkey.

At any price, rows L to Q seats 1 to 7 and 40 to 46 are final picks unless you really, really need to see a show. It is bad enough being far away from the stage without being stuck in the corner too. Surprisingly, the other three more central blocks are pretty decent bets for a clear if distant view at second price or lower, though.

The rake is very steep from Row L back, however, making these rows feel a long way from the stage. Taking row L and N seats 8 to 20 and 27 to 39 is the most acceptable if the stalls is full. 

Row O back is equivalent to the rear stalls, with added vertigo! Avoid if you dislike heights. Otherwise, both it, and rows P and Q are comparable to stalls bottom price seats in rows XX to ZZ. All three are slightly closer to the stage than the stalls equivalents, too, and see better over heads in front as they are raised on steps. If you can get row O at bottom price, worth a look, feels the monkey.

General Hazard Notes:
Row A: "My wife and daughter, both 5ft 6ins, had problems seeing the front of the stage and constantly had to lean forward."

Safety bars at the ends of the aisles do not affect the view, though pedants might want to sit one seat off the aisle to avoid them, if they feel like it! The two seats nearest the safety bars have been reduced in price (and A1 taken off sale) to allow for the problem - good response, thinks the monkey.

Rows A to G seats 1 to 4 and 47 to 50 may find that boxes and a set of stage lights interrupt the view.

The very ends of row H have a metal bar in front.

Double height safety bars in front of rows H to K seats 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 27, 28, 29, 30, 38 and 39.

Steep rake and distant views from row L back.

Row L has a stairwell wall in front of seats 23 and 24. Annoying for viewers in seats either side and in the row behind. Legroom is also affected.

Changes for the current production:
Audiences have noted that the extended stage means that for 15 minutes of the show those seated in H to K seats 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 27, 28, 29, 30, 38 and 39 may find the double height safety bars at the front of the block intrudes into the view. If the actors choose to stand too far forwards on the stage by mistake, you will be watching through the bars for a tiny fraction of a moment. Against this, the legroom is excellent. The feeling is "don't worry - the seats are fair value, just thought monkey readers might like to know this info". In other words - Don't PANIC!!!!! Your seats are fine and the information is given just "for the record". 

Reader Comments:
"
A 34 to 36: I'm 6ft 2. I had plenty of room, maybe not as much as the other rows up there, but I could still get comfortable without any problems. My wife and daughter however, both 5ft 6ins, had problems seeing the front of the stage and constantly had to lean forward."

"A 34 to 36: I was worried about booking these seats as I had read on the website that there was restricted legroom in this row for people over 5ft 6, and I'm 6ft 2. I booked them anyway because my wife really wanted to sit there. I need not have worried as I had plenty of room, maybe not as much as the other rows up there, but I could still get comfortable without any problems. My wife and daughter however, both 5ft 6ins, had problems seeing the front of the stage and constantly had to lean forward. Fortunately the seats behind them were empty so it didn't cause any problems."

“B 20 and 21: “We Will Rock You,” (Chris B). These seats offer a good, unobstructed view of the whole stage and are easily high enough to see over the front row of the circle. The stage feels very wide and I think being raised up helps the appreciation if the entire stage. The circle feels fairly close to the stage too so you can see everything clearly. There is sufficient legroom too, can’t complain about these seats at all, they’re great.”

"C 10 to 12: on the aisle side of the right-hand side block of the Circle. Tickets through Kids' Week so my daughter's ticket was free as opposed to the £62 for ours. The aisle bar was definitely in view from all three seats and although I got used to it I'd say its something to be aware of. My wife (C12) thought it was quite restrictive. The general view of the stage was good with nothing out of sight at all although when the cast were at the very front of the right-hand side of the stage I could only see them from the waist up. Rake is OK and legroom was fine for me at 5'6" and the sound was fine. I'd say fair value only at full price for these seats. In the interval I had a look from C13 on the other side of the aisle and found it much better, with the aisle bar out of play. I'd go for this block in future in preference to where we sat."

"E 30 and 31: Legroom acceptable for 6ft2. Previously seen the show from the stalls and I think the best seats in the house are probably in the Circle first few rows, in the middle."

"E 31 and 32: I knew in advance these seats would be good based on this website...thanks. The view was excellent. We could see ALL the action and even see the band, a real bonus."

"K 14: A good view throughout, able to see everything, even when Killer Queen is on her revolving stage platform thingy. Some might think the stage is a little far away but for me it was a reasonable distance. Notably I remember seeing 'Jersey Boys' in the very top circle and found the stage to feel a lot further away than I did in this theatre. Leg room was fine for me and I'm average height."

"Row N: We were initially issued tickets for row N on the circle. There was nothing wrong with these seats at all as the circles' seats were reasonably steep so there was not problem with the view no matter where you sat. The theatre was very empty so we were able to move the entire group right to the front row of the circle on the right hand side (as we faces the stage). There was nothing with these seats either but if you sat right on the front row then the edge of the circle may be in your view and may miss some of the action on the front of the stage if you don't lean forward."

"N1 and 2: tickets were purchased as a part of an organised weekend 2013 theatre break, so we had no option but to accept the allocated seats. Not a great deal of legroom for taller people, but adequate for those of us who are vertically challenged. Tiers are quite steep, ends of rows can by definition result in some loss of viewing action on the stage, we didn’t feel this was the case."

"P 17 to 20: Great Seats!!! Could see everything super clearly and highly recommend. Got a discount on these seats using the London Theatre Bookings Ticket agency booth on the edge of Leicester Square. (A genuine and good agency outlet, the monkey notes.)"

"Q 20 and 21: For back row, the view is amazing and the sound is VERY loud. Can see every detail and action. Wonderful legroom and extremely comfortable seats. Love it at the back, can get up and dance if people aren't in standing. Cheapest seats, worth it."

Q 29 to 33: (Pip). Basically, they're almost central! So you have a good view. For a back row you can see everything and anything, even facial expressions. I was shocked! And only £30 (or £28 depending on the day) when we saw it in 2009! They were extremely comfortable, and had acceptable legroom (I only had to stretch my legs once at the end). More expensive than any other show, but totally worth it and for cheapest seats will be pleasantly surprised."

 

Dress Circle Boxes
Layout:
Two, one either side of the circle, between the circle front and the stage.

Legroom:
Good, as seats are movable chairs.

Choosing Seats in General:
Poor views. Nobody should bother with these unless all seats are taken and you really want to see the show.

Motorised wheelchair users get stuck with these seats, alas. 

General Hazard Notes:
The nearest fifth of the stage not visible.

Changes for the current production:
None.

Reader Comments:
None.

 

 

Notes
Total 2001 seats

Air-cooled Auditorium. Not as effective as proper air conditioning, so be prepared for a hot and uncomfortable time in the height of summer, alas. To minimise the effects, seating in the front stalls is normally coolest as heat rises - and is also trapped in the Circle overhang. Just a bit of advice from someone in the theatre industry who has a grasp of physics...

Infrared headsets available. Signed performances occasionally. Guide dogs allowed in auditorium or dogsat. Unisex disabled toilet. Go the extra step and make two some time, perhaps? A platform lift from foyer to stalls is available for wheelchairs when it is working, with places at the far ends of rows XX, YY and ZZ. Alternatively, motorised wheelchairs have to use a restricted view box. Poor view. www.dominiontheatre.com and  www.artslineonline.com has comprehensive details,  also Artsline 020 7388 2227, email artsline@dicon.co.uk. A "venue access guide" from the team who created book "Theatremonkey: A Guide to London's West End," is available to download in PDF format by clicking here.

A reader reports in early 2007,
"Elizabeth and Rachel at the Dominion theatre's disabled enquiries were excellent. Despite going with a coach company (as part of a group) they reserved a space for us with no trouble at all, with instructions that on arrival to make ourselves known to front office staff. Many thanks to the Dominion theatre."
 

Food is ice cream, confectionery, hot dogs, burgers and milkshakes.

Four bars. Two each at stalls and circle level.

Nine toilets. Stalls 2 gents 2 cubicles each, 3 ladies 2, 3 and 4 cubicles respectively, 1 disabled unisex; Circle 2 gents 2 cubicles each, 2 ladies 4 cubicles each.

 

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Getting to this Theatre
Find this theatre on a Street Map. The theatre is actually above the arrow, near the London Underground sign at the centre of the map.
Nearest Underground Station Buses Car Park
Nearest Underground Station:
Tottenham Court Road - Northern (black) and Central (red) lines.

The escalators from the platforms end in a rectangular underground area. Take exit 3 in the very far corner of the rectangle, and it will bring you out almost in front of the theatre.

If you exit the station and see instead Oxford Street shops ahead of you, cross the road to it, turn right and walk to the corner, the theatre is ahead of you to your right at the junction.

 

Buses:
7, 8, 10, 14, 14A, 22B, 24, 25, 29, 38, 55, 73, 134, 176 all stop nearby.

 

Taxi:
Hail one in the busy street outside the venue.

 

Car Park:
Great Russell Street. On leaving the car park, change to the other side of the road turn to your right and walk towards a very busy shopping street. If you head up a quiet sidestreet, wrong way. 

At the corner turn to your left, the theatre is straight on. If you cross Bedford Avenue, wrong way.

 

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EXTRA EVENT:

Thursday 22nd May 2014

The 7th and final:


WEST END EUROVISION - The Final Battle

After the phenomenal success of West End Eurovision 2013, the annual Make A Difference (MAD) Trust fundraiser, West End Eurovision will be returning to the Dominion Theatre on 22nd May 2014 at 11:30pm for the last time.

In its 7th and FINAL year, West End Eurovision - The Final Battle is sure to go out with a Boom Bang-A-Bang!

West End Eurovision sees 10 casts from some of the biggest shows in the West End perform on the same stage for one night only; fiercely competing against each other for the coveted West End Eurovision trophy. With a cast of over 200, West End Eurovision is one of the biggest and most exciting late night events in the West End.

Each cast must fully stage, choreograph and costume their own version of a previous Eurovision Song Contest entry and create their own video ident. As with the Eurovision Song Contest, the audience are asked to vote by SMS messaging for their favourite performance with all profits going to the Make A Difference Trust

Once- 2013 WEE winners:


2013 winners, Once, were the first show to sign up in the hope of defending their title, and have already been joined by formidable line-up including - The Commitments, The Bodyguard the Musical, Mamma Mia!, Billy Elliot the Musical, Les Misérables, Wicked, The Book of Mormon and The Phantom of the Opera.

We are delighted that Graham Norton and Rylan Clarke, will be returning as part of our celebrity judging panel, with the show hosted by West End favourite, Richard Gauntlett.

The evening wouldn't be complete without a performance from a former Eurovision Song Contest entrant, and we are delighted to confirm that 1993's runner up, Sonia will be performing her hit 'Better The Devil You Know.'

Tickets for this fantastic evening of entertainment are on sale now priced from £25.

If you're new to West End Eurovision, find out more here.

The Make A Difference Trust brings together the British Entertainment community and its audiences to raise funds to support people living with HIV and AIDS, and those in the entertainment industry facing hardship as a result of a long-term medical condition.


 


 

Performance Time:
11.30pm

 




Ticket Prices:
£75, £45, £35, £25 (plus £2 per ticket booking fee - £1.50 on £25, £1 on £25 seats - and £2.50 per transaction, not per ticket, handling fee).

 

 

Box Office for this Event:
www.ticketmaster.co.uk

 

 

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