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Our Award Winning Theatre

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.

Drum Theatre is wheelchair accessible, including lift access to Level 2. 

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’s 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.

Paul Streefkerk Rehearsal Room

Drum Theatre can also offer theatre hirers the use of the contemporary and light filled Paul Streefkerk Rehearsal Room, located backstage on Level 2.

This 10m x 9.5m room, with sprung timber floor and mirrored wall, is available for a variety of uses including regular rehearsals, as an extra dressing or warm up room, or for post show cocktail functions.

Drum Theatre encourages performing arts groups to utilise this room for rehearsals. Please speak to our Customer Liaison Officer  on 8571 1615 or via email at drumtheatre@cgd.vic.gov.au 

A special rate is available for eligible groups.


More Information

If you are interested in hiring the Drum Theatre, please fill in the theatre hire booking form and email to drumtheatre@cgd.vic.gov.au. You will be contacted by our Customer Services Coordinator to discuss your booking.

For all other theatre hire enquiries, or to arrange a venue tour, please contact the Drum Theatre Customer Liaison Officer on 8571 1666 or email drumtheatre@cgd.vic.gov.au.

Download Drum Theatre's Theatre Hire Brochure (PDF - 517KB)

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Drum Theatre

Cnr Lonsdale and Walker streets Dandenong

Hours: 10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday
Telephone: 03 8571 1666
Email: drumtheatre@cgd.vic.gov.au

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