Alma Tavern and Theatre

Tel: 0117 973 5171,
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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 love song, an elegy, a celebration – Eventide tells the story of three people whose worlds are disappearing.

Selection Box; Four Operas, Four Nights

Four Operas, Four Nights – The 2019 Selection Box is now open! Selection Box – Four Shows (two per night) Wednesday 6th November – Act 1: The Telephone | Act 2: The Impresario, 7:30pm Thursday 7th November – Act 1: Mozart & Salieri | Act 2: The Happy Prince, 7:30pm Friday 8th November – Act 1: Mozart & Salieri | Act 2: The Impresario, 7:30pm Saturday 9th November – Act 1: The Telephone | Act 2: The Happy Prince, 7:30pm

Wit to Wound

A dark comedy about a group of people who seek therapy through writing. Come and join the WIT attendees for a bit of….well, you decide what they’re getting out of their therapeutic writing sessions.

Keep Smiling Through

This is their story: two people, neighbours, helping each other out through Britain’s darkest hour. The tales they have to tell are true, gathered from wartime housewives, Home Guards, factory workers, ARP Wardens, GIs and those who saw a city at war through children’s eyes. All set to music of the era, creating a wonderful period feel from memories both happy and sad.

The Antics Jokes Show

The Antics Joke Show continues its tour of Bristol’s best venues with a visit to the glorious Alma Tavern & Theatre. Joining them will be a kick-ass sketch group from up north and a couple of Bristol’s hottest up and coming stand-up talent. Not one to miss.

Shirley Valentine

Middle aged, working class, Liverpudlian housewife Shirley is alone again. And talking to the kitchen wall. Again.

Instant Wit! The Best in Improvised Comedy

Instant Wit! The best in improvised comedy.


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