University of Bristol Dept of Theatre: Wickham Theatre

Cantocks Close
BS8 1UP Tel: 01173315088
E-mail: [email protected]
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Total Capacity:

100 end-on; 160 in a 3-sided arrangement

Suitable for:

  • Dance
  • Performance with an Audience
  • Rehearsal

Opening Hours

Term time: 7.30am -7.30pm
Vacation: 7.30am - 5.30pm
The building may be opened for use by performers and for public performances by prior arrangement from 7.30am - 11pm.

Licenses Held:

Theatre license. Licensed for the sale of Alcohol (There is a bar).

Booking Info

Costs & Terms of Hire:

Performance with full technical assistance: from £35 per hour

Contact Name:

Kate Withers / Deborah Gibbs

Email Address:

[email protected]

Telephone Number:

0117 3315088


The Wickham Theatre is named after Professor Glynne Wickham, who was founder of the Department of Theatre Studies at Bristol, the first university theatre department in the UK. As one of the best equipped studio theatres at a British university, the theatre is used for a wide range of activities by our academic community:

Student performances
The exploration of live performance is an important part of the way we approach the understanding of theatre. Students in all years engage in performances exploring forms and expressions in several theatrical traditions including experimental contemporary practice.

Professional performances
The Wickham Theatre is home to a regular programme of visiting performers and companies working at the forefront of live performance practice internationally.

The theatre is also used extensively for research projects in a range of forms and media.


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

More Accessibility Information:

Access: Level access from get-in to the stage. Max. doorway size 9ft 9in 2.97m x 1.6m, diagonal 3.43m. There is an induction loop. Those with specific access requirements are asked to contact the Theatre in advance.

Parking Details:

At weekends and on weekdays after 5 p.m. there is plenty of parking space at the Department. At other times we can arrange a temporary permit for a van and one other vehicle. Parking for any further vehicles will have to be paid for by the Company (£5 per vehicle per day).


  • Dressing Room
  • Shower
  • Kitchen
  • Toilets


  • Width: 9m
  • Length: 21m

Technical Info

Floor Description:

Painted hardboard on blockboard on joists. Not sprung. Vinyl dance floor available.

Physical description:

The Wickham theatre is a proscenium-style studio theatre with a retractable main seating unit. The theatre seats around 100 in an end stage configuration (including balcony) and up to 160 in a three sided arrangement. It can also be used as a level clear floor space. (Note: any format other than end on must be discussed well in advance with technical/ design staff.)

Power Supply:

See above

Power and Lighting Details:

Control – ETC Element or Zero88 Jester TLXtra. 120 dimmers. 23 counterweight bars over stage, all can be used for LX; preferred height for LX, 6m. No 1 FoH bar is on winch, max ht 6m2, other FoH bars at 6m5.

Sound Equipment:

CD/ DVD/ cassette/ MiniDisc players. Motu 828 Interface. Allen and Heath MixWizard 14:4:2 mixing desk. Yamaha P500)S amplifier driving 2 or 4 x Nexo PS8 + 1 x LS600 subwoofer. Active speakers: s x Genelec 8010; 4 x JBL 612

Details of Sound Spill:

Not well insulated: sirens approaching nearby A&E and occasional other loud traffic can be heard in the auditorium, also the University’s big bell, “Great George”, on the hour, every hour.

Rigging Information:

See above

Blackout Details: