Winston Theatre

University of Bristol Students' Union
BS8 1LN Tel: 01173318663
E-mail: [email protected]
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Total Capacity:


Audience Capacity:


Suitable for:

  • Dance
  • Performance with an Audience
  • Rehearsal

Opening Hours

09.00 - 23.00

Booking Info

Costs & Terms of Hire:

Please email: [email protected] for availability and rates

Contact Name:

Bristol SU Events Team

Email Address:

[email protected]

Telephone Number:



Named after former University of Bristol Chancellor Winston Churchill, the refurbished theatre is one of our finest performance spaces.

The theatre boasts a traditional proscenium arch theatre with dressing rooms, flexible orchestra pit and apron stage, permanent cyclorama, winched lighting bars and versatile hemp bars.

We offer daily and weekly hire for shows which includes use of the two dressing rooms, box office, confectionery stand, venue technician and house rig. Please get in touch for a full tech spec. As well as performances the Winston is an ideal space for conferences, talks and film screenings. It is equipped with a cinema quality projector and screen.


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

For more detailed building accessibility information, visit this venue on the DisabledGo website (opens in a new window).

More Accessibility Information:

The Richmond Building that houses the Winston Theatre is fully accessible. We have disabled and gender-neutral toilets on-site.
We are currently unable to offer additional accessibility onto the stage.

Parking Details:

There is no on-site parking for guests. There is paid on-street parking available, and the nearest multi-storey car park is the West End car park, just off Clifton Triangle (

For load-in clients have access to our tour bus parking area and loading bay.


  • Dressing Room
  • Toilets

Technical Info

Floor Description:

Wooden tiles on concrete (Not sprung)

Physical description:

Raked theatre with proscenium arch stage, orchestra pit and cinema screen.

Power Supply:

1 63A 3ph (SL Wing)
6 32A 1ph (3x SL Wing, 1x Followspot Tower, 1x SR Wing, 1x Pit)
3 32A 3ph (1x SR Wing, 1x SR Fly, 1x Pit)
4.2.2 13A Hard Power
All FOH fixed IWBs have 13A sockets, as do all SLBs around the theatre

Dimming is provided by 6x Zero88 Chilli Pro 2410i and 1x Zero88 Chilli Pro 1210i.
132 Zero88 Chilli dimming channels 2400W
16 Zero88 Chilli relay channels 2400W

Nine socapex outs are presented on the SR fly, these are wired in parallel with nine sets of 6x
15A sockets. 54 channels in total.

Power and Lighting Details:

1 ETC ION 1024 Lighting Desk

1 Selecon Pacific Followspot 1000W
20 Selecon Pacific Lamp Housing 1000W
14 14°-35° Selecon Pacific Lens
6 23°-53° Selecon Pacific Lens
6 90° Selecon Pacific Lens
2 45°-75° Selecon Pacific Lens
2 28°-40° Strand Prelude P 650W
3 16°-30° Strand Prelude P 650W
4 25°-50° ETC Source 4 Junior Zoom 575W

12 Strand Cantata 1000W
6 Selecon Rama 1000W
8 Selecon Acclaim 650W
9 Strand Prelude F 650W
2 Strand Patt 743 1000W

8 PAR64 cans 1000W

10 Strand Coda 500W
18 Thomas Cyc-lite 1000W

Sound Equipment:

1 Allen & Heath GLD 112
1 AR2412 Stage Box
2 AR84 Expander
4 DI Box channels

4 RCF Acustica C521266 FOH Left, FOH Right
2 RCF Acustica C521264 FOH Centre Stack
1 RCF S5022 Subwoofer
6 JBL 8320 3x Side Left, 3x Side Right
2 JBL 8340 Rear Left, Rear Right
2 Mackie stage monitors

2 QSC DCA 3022 FOH L&R
1 QSC DCA 3022 Centre stack and Sub
1 QSC DCA 1824 Sides and Rear
2 QSC RMX 850 Available if Studio Theatre is not booked
1 Yamaha P5000s Located in orchestra pit
1 Crown D150 Located in orchestra pit

FOH speakers are permanently rigged and hard wired to the amplifiers; this cannot be
They are arranged in a 7.1 surround sound configuration controlled by a BSS Soundweb
London BLU-100.

1 Canford Tecpro MS741 Master Station
5 Canford Tecpro Belt Pack
5 Canford Tecpro Headset

Rigging Information:


6 8’x4’ Prolyte Litedeck (For thrust)
6 8’x4’ Steeldeck

There are three hand-winched LX bars on stage (SWL 20kg per meter, 150kg UDL), one
chain-hoist bar downstage of the cyclorama (SWL 250kg UDL) and ten un-counterweighted
hemp bars.


FOH 1 SLB 254 (12 Channels)
FOH 2 SLB 255 (12 Channels)
FOH Left Boom Stage end SLB 256 (4 Channels)
FOH Right Boom Stage end SLB 257 (4 Channels)
FOH Left Boom Mid Auditorium SLB 258 (4 Channels)
FOH Right Boom Mid Auditorium SLB 259 (4 Channels)
FOH Left Boom Rear Auditorium SLB 260 (4 Channels)
FOH Right Boom Rear Auditorium SLB 261 (4 Channels)

Blackout Details:

4 Legs 4ft wide, 14ft drop. Black Wool Serge
2 Legs 4ft 17in wide, 14ft drop. Black Wool Serge
2 Legs 5ft wide, 14ft drop. Black Wool Serge
2 Borders 4ft drop. Black Wool Serge
1 Border 3ft drop. Black Wool Serge
2 Tabs 3m Wide, 14ft drop. Black Wool Serge
2 Tabs Red Velvet (FOH)