Alma Tavern and Theatre

We are a lovely intimate 50-seater theatre in the heart of Clifton, with a grand, traditional pub restaurant on the ground floor.

We are always looking for new or established production companies to perform in our black box theatre.

Opening in 1997, the Alma Theatre takes great pride in being the oldest pub theatre in Bristol.  Converted into a perfect black box theatre, with in-tiered seating of 48, 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.

For many years Bristol favourites, Theatre West, held a seasonal residency of original writing.  We work with university societies 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 our city and beyond.

If you are part of a local or touring theatre company and would like more information about booking the space please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Upcoming shows during our current season are below in the Events Listings section.


A Christmas Carol

A Ghost Story of Christmas.

Christmas Comedy Cabaret

An evening of irreverent festive fun: award winning satire, preposterous stories, sing-a-long songs and circus antics. Always titillating but never trivial.

My Father, the Tantric Masseur

A reserved English father turned Tantric Masseur. A Muslim mother who insists on open dialogue. Roann has been caught in the middle since seven, furiously masturbating…


A one man show. Borderline travels the neurological pathways of an everyman attempting to make sense, live and cope with his mental health as it swings from delusionsof godliness to the end of the world and rightback around to falling in love in IT support.

Blackadder’s Christmas Carol

After years of being as nice as pie, Ebeneezer Blackadder is visited by a spell of bad fortune, rude customers and a ghostly visitation!

Instant Wit! The Best in Improvised Comedy

Instant Wit! The best in improvised comedy.

Peter Clifford’s Magic Crackers

Local discombobulator and Derren Brown favourite, Peter Clifford, brings a cracker of a Christmas show to the Alma Tavern; filled with jaw dropping magic and hilarity.


Alma Tavern and Theatre

Alma Theatre is always on the look out for exciting production companies to include in their varied programme. We believe that in order to have amazing theatre every week we need fresh blood, as well as the tried and tested talents. The Alma Tavern and Theatre are excited to announce that we have now taken our theatre bookings in-house and are on the scout for exciting new production companies to share our stage. We hope that those who come forward can bring a selection of classic pieces, some modern greats and a smattering of brand new, original works as well. So, if you are just starting out, or have been walking the boards for a while and just haven’t managed to get back to the Alma, we would love to hear from you, or pop by to have a look at the space. Contact Holly Newton at or 0117 973 5171