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The Bloomsbury Theatre

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The Bloomsbury Theatre showcases the best of theatre, music, dance, comedy and everything in between. We seek out new work by some of the UK’s most imaginative performers and cultural organisations, as well as welcoming high-profile and household names throughout the year.

The Bloomsbury Theatre seats up to 541 people and the Bloomsbury Studio (seating up to 70 people) provides a more flexible space for performances.

The theatre is proud to be part of , one of the world’s leading universities. We work together with students and researchers to bring ground-breaking discoveries to the stage, from art and design to science, technology and beyond.

Customer reviews

The theatre is so well located for Euston and Kings X and local underground. The theatre itself is modern and very comfortable with great views throughout. The staff were welcoming and friendly and helpful.
We're so lucky to have this nearby, wonderful large theatre hosting a great mix of shows. Staff are always really lovely as well.
Impressive theatre space for a University. Excellent lighting, seating and stage space.
Super cute theatre that really makes you feel part of the experience.
Fantastic theatre with super friendly staff and spacious, comfortable seating


History of the Bloomsbury Theatre

Bloomsbury Theatre exernal 1989
First opened in 1968 as the Central Collegiate Building Auditorium (later the Collegiate Theatre), the building was renamed in 1982 as the Bloomsbury Theatre to reflect its geographical location, as well as the artistic associations of the name. In that year the cartooniost designed thedistinctive logo we stillusetoday.

Over the years huge artists including alumnus Ricky Gervais, singer Adele, USjazz artist Gregory Porter, comedian Jo Brand and the world-famous Stomp percussion group have entertained audiences at the Bloomsbury.

In 2019, 50 years after its very first performance, the landmark Brutalist building reopened its doors following a major renovation project to create a spectacular main auditorium with more than 500 luxurious seats, as well as the smaller, more intimate Bloomsbury Studio. Over three years, the theatre's original concrete walls and brick foyers were refurbished and every bit of the building was upgraded - from the carpets to the roof, the stage to the dressing rooms - to create a cutting-edge performance space in the heart of London.


Alumni and the Bloomsbury Theatre

Alumni whose careers directly benefitted from their Bloomsbury Theatre experience

alumni who credit the Bloomsbury Theatre as being crucial to their experience and also their future career include Film Soc president andOscarwinning directorChristopher Nolan(English Literature) and film producerwho were both ardent supporters of the Bloomsbury Theatre and its refurbishment. Nolanalso filmed part of his filmInceptionin the Flaxman Gallery. Read the Guardian article where Nolan cites choosing to attend specifically for its film facilities.

alumni who regulary appear on the Bloomstage include(PhD English) and(Philosophy) who also filmed his show Animals(2003) here.

Katy Lipson (Human Genetics) isCompany Director/Producer of her own theatre companywhich recentlytouredacross the UK andin the West End. She performed as part of Musical Theatre Society'sproduction of Cabaret.

(Bartlett School of Architecture) founded the Garage shows (now known as the Studio) and has workedat STUFISH (entertainment architects) since 2006, including building theABBA Voyage Arenaanddesigned for Beyonce, Elton John, Madonna, Lady Gaga and the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Nica Burns(Law), theatre impresario, producer and co-owner of the Lyric, Apollo, Garrick and Duchess theatres in London's West End participatedin 26 drama productions in her three years at .

(History) was an active member of Musical Theatre Society (2012 -2015). After graduation she went on to appearin the London Coliseum production of(2021) in the lead role of Tracy Turnbladalongside Michael Ball.

Simon Whitaker (BSc Natural Science 2018) performed in various MusicalTheatre Society productions beforeachieving a place on the highly prestigious Royal Academy of Music Musical Theatre Masters and has sincestarredin The Phantom of the Opera inLondon’s West End.

Madeleine Edis (BA History of Art 2017) was involved as a producer, performer and most notably a costume designer across various student productionsand nowworks professionally in the costuming industry, working on West End shows and major TV productions including recent BBC success This Is Going to Hurt. She is currently a costume designer at the National Film and Television School.

Natalie Pound (MSc Physics 2019) isa talented musician and musical director and was part of numerous shows in the Theatre and Studio for various arts societies, including the world premiere of the updated version of From Here To Eternity in the Bloomsbury Theatre. Natalie went on to gain a place on the Royal Academy of Music’s Musical Direction Masters and now has a successful career in the West End as a professional musician and musical director including productions such as SIX! (Vaudeville), The Jersey Boys (Trafalgar Studios) and Legally Blonde (Regents Park Open Air). Natalie came back to campus on November 2022 to speak with current Musical Theatre Society students about how her Bloomsbury Theatre show experience has helped her pursue acareer in the West End.

Joseph Coelho (Archaeology 2002) was a member of Drama society and directed several plays at the Bloomsbury theatre, which inspired him to become a writer and poet and later became the Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate 2022-2024


Our Staff

The Public Venues teammanages the Bloomsbury Theatre & Studio spaces with the aim to provide an excellent experience to all visitors.

Head of Bloomsbury TheatreJohn Maisey
Theatre House ManagerJoan Coffey
Ticketing ManagerPOSITION VACANT
Theatre Technical ManagerChris Hoyle
Venue Hire and Bookings ManagerEllen Frost
Operations CoordinatorShalini Simpson

Contact

Ticketing:ticketing@ucl.ac.uk+44 (0)20 3108 1000
Administration:theatre@ucl.ac.uk+44 (0)20 3108 6789
Technicians:theatre.technical@ucl.ac.uk+44 (0)20 7679 1361