Theatre Information

Drum Theatre is an award-winning building offering spectacular architectural spaces for hire, including a 521 seat theatre and function rooms for a range of corporate and social events.

Drum Theatre is situated in the heart of Dandenong and is a short walk from the Dandenong train station and the Langhorne Place bus terminal. The building is a landmark with its combination of the restored elegance of the 1890 building with striking, contemporary architecture. The entire 521 seat auditorium, stage and fly tower is encompassed in a rich, red oval drum.

The theatre is available for hire to schools, dance groups, community groups and performance companies. It also offers an entertaining and challenging program of high quality performances for South East Melbourne to enjoy.

Theatre Hire

When hiring the Drum Theatre your venue hire costs will be determined by your requirements. If you would like more information on hiring the auditorium please fill in our Venue Hire Form  and email it to our Customer Liaison Officer jade.webber@cgd.vic.gov.au or call 8571 1666 to discuss your needs, an estimate will be provided based on information received in the Venue Hire Form.

Hirer Inclusions

When hiring Drum Theatre, your hiring charges include standard theatre lighting and audio, use of ground floor dressing rooms, power, air conditioning, standard cleaning, foyer use for merchandise and programs (charges may apply to merchandise sales).

Staffing, ticketing and marketing support will incur additional charges. Theatre hirers also have exclusive access to Drum Theatre contemporary and light filled Paul Streefkerk Rehearsal Room and the Green Room backstage.

The Green Room is equipped with filtered water, on-demand boiling water, microwave, dishwasher and tea and coffee making facilities. There are four dressing rooms on the basement level below the stage. Each is equipped with toilets and showers, costume racks, hot and cold water and program speakers.

Ticketing for Theatre Hirers

Drum Theatre provides a range of ticketing services to clients. A full ticketing service can be supplied by Drum Theatre Box Office or a partial ticketing service where a block set of tickets are printed for client to distribute.

Technical Specifications

Drum Theatre is a fully resourced proscenium arch theatre, with flat stage and an orchestra pit with removable seating. Our theatre boasts audience seating over two levels – stalls and dress circle.

Download Stage Plan (PDF - 13.5KB)

Download Technical Schedule 2017 (PDF - 1.56MG)

Drum Theatre seeks to support and serve its community with the best local and touring productions available. Creative opportunities to work with artists, arts organisations and producers are readily sought. Drum Theatre has the capacity to assist companies prepare and premiere work and is always available to discuss ideas and opportunities that will bring great work to Dandenong.

For further information or to arrange a meeting to discuss artistic partnerships or touring your show to Drum Theatre please call us on 8571 1666.