Bristol Improv Theatre

50 St. Paul's Road
BS8 1LP E-mail:
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Total Capacity:


Suitable for:

  • Dance
  • Performance with an Audience
  • Rehearsal

Licenses Held:

Live entertainment, theatre, live music, alcohol.

Booking Info

Costs & Terms of Hire:

The Drawing Room (Back Office) - £15 p/h
The Study (Front Office) - £15 p/h
Bar - £25 p/h
Theatre - £25 p/h
Bar (Performances/Parties) - £250 per evening
Theatre w/ Bar Open (Performances/Parties) - £280 per evening

Contact Name:

Imogen Palmer (Private Hires Manager)

Telephone Number:

07936 617158


The Bristol Improv Theatre is the home of improvised theatre and comedy in the South West UK.

This historic building has served the wider Bristol community for many years. After months of refurbishments it now boasts multi-purpose theatre spaces, high spec technical equipment and an experienced team of event managers and technicians to help you realise your event.

Our flexible and well-equipped theatre and bar spaces can seat audiences of up to 140 and the venue can be transformed into the ultimate alternative wedding or party venue for up to 180 guests.

Our spaces are also available to hire for workshops, rehearsals and meetings at very reasonable rates.   

When you book with us, not only do you get centrally located great spaces, but you get to support and grow community-led theatre in the South West. Please email for further information.

Venue Hire

Click the link for maps and directions:

Getting Here


  • Accessible Entrance:No/Unknown
  • Accessible Toilet: No/Unknown
  • Induction Loop Available: No/Unknown
  • Blue Badge Parking Available: No/Unknown

More Accessibility Information:

Unfortunately the theatre does not yet have disabled access, but we promise we are working hard on it!

Parking Details:

None. Limited provision can be made for set-down/pick-up and artists loading.


  • Dressing Room
  • Kitchen
  • Toilets


  • Height: 3m
  • Width: 8m
  • Length: 10m

Technical Info

Floor Description:

Parquet flooring. Ceiling is high enough for most dance but probably not circus.

Physical description:

Our black box theatre is equipped with a full theatrical sound system and lighting rig including a data projector. With banks of raked seating, this is the perfect space for performances, film screenings, lectures and award ceremonies. The seating platform can be disassembled, creating an ideal space for workshops, classes and exhibitions.Capacity – 140 Theatre Style / 180 Standing. The Bar has a fully licensed bar and a raised corner stage with LED lighting rig and sound system. Our cosy basement space with atmospheric lighting is perfect for private parties. Capacity – 60 Cabaret / 80 Theatre Style / 120 Standing. The Drawing Room has floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the space with natural light. Perfect for workshops, meetings and presentations. The Drawing Room is available for private hire throughout the week, and has free wifi. Capacity – 50 Theatre Style

Power and Lighting Details:


  • Connections (18) – 15 Amp Sockets, mounted on ceiling bars (see plan)
  • Fresnels (8) – Varytec Theatre Spot 650/1000
  • LEDS (3) – Stairville LED Flood Panel 150
  • Parcans (2) – Showtec arcan 56


  • Connections (4) – Single ceiling mounted multi-socket, 13-Amp ports
  • LEDS (3) – Stairville LED Flood Panel 150

Sound Equipment:


  • Our main mixer for the theatre space is a Spirit Folio SX, from Soundcraft
  • Our amps are a pair of XLS 402’s from Crown
  • Our speakers are a pair of JBL LRX118S


  • 2 x SM58 Microphones
  • 3 x SM57 Microphones
  • 4 x Microphone Stands
  • 2 x DI Boxes



  • Speakers (2) with built in amps – JBL EON15 G2
  • Mixer – XENYX 1202FX


  • 2 x SM58 Microphones
  • 3 x SM57 Microphones
  • 4 x Microphone Stands
  • 2 x DI Boxes



Blackout Details:

Full blackout available.