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Opening in 1997, the Alma Theatre has gone through an almighty TWO DECADES and is oldest pub theatre in Bristol. Converted into a perfect black box theatre with 48 in-tiered seating from what used to be two separate function rooms, it is an incredibly versatile space that has seen hundreds of productions, many of which have been world premieres. It has strong ties with most local theatre companies and is committed to championing new writing from the Bristol Theatre Scene.
Now in our 21st year, we have our own in-house Production Company, Schoolhouse Productions, which has gained a fantastic reputation for presenting classic texts, such as Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party, Ibsen's A Doll's House and Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. Our next project will be Tennesse William's masterpiece The Glass Menagerie in Autumn 2018. We have also started Sunday Youth Theatre classes, with Quirky Bird Theatre, and started the slow, but vital process of updating our facilities.
For many years Bristol favourites, Theatre West, held a seasonal residency of original writing. We work with university society’s and amateur groups from the South-West to showcase their work as well as including some of the best touring theatre companies in our programme. Our other connections include Bristol Old Vic, Hecate Theatre and Red Rope to name a few. Every season we have a host of varied productions that complement the diverse nature of the city and beyond.
If you fancy coming to watch a show, why not grab a pizza, or something from our classics menu, where you'll get 25% off?!
Due to the size and location of the theatre we are unfortunately not fully accessible to those with mobility issues. The theatre can only be reached by narrow staircases that lead on to either the stage or the back of the auditorium. If you are interested in visiting our theatre and have and concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the team. Additionally, as it is such a small space we do not have a hearing induction loop in place and therefore any persons with hearing issues may not be able to hear the show.
We advise arriving to the Alma for a performance 15 minutes before the show is due to start to allow you enough time to buy a drink and use the facilities.
The auditorium is very small, meaning that once a show is running any latecomers may be very disruptive to those already enjoying the performance. While we will try to accomodate latecomers where possible, it is likely that you will not be granted access to the theatre. If you arrive late and are not allowed in we regret that we are unable to offer refunds.