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Departmental Use Scheme

Bloomsbury Theatre (part of Library, Culture, Collections and Open Science) is pleased to offer to ¬“¬◊–„ colleagues access to theŐżprestigious Bloomsbury Theatre, Bloomsbury Studio and Paint Frame, a unique opportunity which few universities are able to provide. This allows ¬“¬◊–„ staff to promote their own, their students' or department'sŐżacademic work within an artistic environment with associatedŐżprofessional eventŐżstaff to support that activity.

This activity can take the form of public performances or events, internal events for the ¬“¬◊–„ community, and/or non-performance based private access to the space eg. for filming.ŐżDue to ourŐżunique features ourŐżvenues are not available forŐżteaching.

Our spaces and technical specifications

Visit our main Venue Hire page to learn more about our spaces and our technical specifications.

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Information and Requirements

Information for ¬“¬◊–„ staff considering booking the Bloomsbury Theatre or Studio

Applications for both spacesŐżshould consider how the proposed activity would:

  • be performance-based
  • benefit from being undertaken within a performance venue setting
  • promote the work and reputation of ¬“¬◊–„ toŐżboth internalŐżand external audiences
  • involveŐżthe wider ¬“¬◊–„ community
  • offer students new and exciting opportunities for hands-on learning beyond the traditionalŐżclassroom setting toŐżdevelop theirŐżskills and experience

This activity is heavily supported (both financially and in resources) by LCCOS: Bloomsbury Theatre,ŐżmeaningŐżthis usage is offered eitherŐżfree or at a substantially reduced hire rate.

If the usage includes issuing tickets then this must be via ¬“¬◊–„ Ticketing.ŐżDue to the consistently high attendee drop-off rateŐżforŐżfree events, tickets must be sold for a minimum of ¬£2Őżp/p for which there is alsoŐża 5.25% Box Office commission deducted from the final settlement. Departments who are not looking to profit from their event/s can choose to donate this money to their chosen charity (they must make this payment themselves) or can donate this back to the Bloomsbury Theatre.

ConsiderŐżinvolvingŐż¬“¬◊–„ Student Union societies as part of your event. Refer toŐż.ŐżContactŐżd.edge@ucl.ac.ukŐż¬“¬◊–„ Student Union Arts & Media Coordinator to learn more.

Note:

  • Usage dates must be between MondayŐż- Saturday (excluding Bank Holidays and ¬“¬◊–„ College Closure days) and can be inside or outsideŐżterm time.
  • Access time can beŐżup to nine hours between 09:00 - 23:00 each day.
  • You must include details about yourŐżpreferred date/s and/or timesŐżin your application (e.g. lunch time screening, evening event, morning filming).
  • If your dates are flexible, please mention this (e.g. a Monday in Term 1, or twoŐżconsecutive datesŐżin June).
  • If your application is successful but your preferred date/s are unavailable, weŐżwill do our best to offer suitableŐżalternative dates, but this isn't guaranteed.
  • The submitting of an application does not guarantee usage.
  • The offering and allocatingŐżof dates is at the discretion of the Venue HireŐż& Booking Manager.
  • There is the potential forŐżassociated/additional costsŐżincl: any additional equipment hire, additional access hours, taxis for staff working between 23:00-09:00, additional staffing, damages etc. These fees will be charged viaŐż¬“¬◊–„ Internal Departmental Transfer (IDT).Őż

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How to book

Guides to bookŐżthe Bloomsbury Theatre, Bloomsbury Studio andŐżPaint FrameŐżfor ¬“¬◊–„ staff.

Bloomsbury Theatre

LCCOS Bloomsbury Theatre allocates the equivalent of four weeks in each academic year to ¬“¬◊–„ Departmental Usage in the Bloomsbury Theatre. In the event that more than four weeks of usage are applied for by the deadline, a panel of impartial ¬“¬◊–„ staff from the Theatre Sub-Committee will determine successful applications.

Application deadlines:

The deadline for applications for Theatre dates between 1ŐżSeptemberŐż2025Őżto 31 JulyŐż2026Őżis 17:00 Friday, 25thŐżApril 2025.

Submissions after the deadline will be considered if there isŐżavailability.ŐżContact us if you are interested in the 2024-25 academic year.

Theatre guidance and application form (PDF)

Bloomsbury Studio

There is a daily fee ofŐż¬£150 for ¬“¬◊–„ Departmental Usage which is to be paid via ¬“¬◊–„ Internal Departmental Transfer (IDT).

Application deadlines:

Bookings for The Studio can be requestedŐżthroughout the academic year and there is no limit on how many days it can be used underŐż¬“¬◊–„ Departmental Usage.

Studio guidance and application form (PDF)

Paint Frame

The Bloomsbury Theatre is home to one of the very last London-based functional paint frames. It has an automated bridge and wooden cloth frame measuring approximately 10.8m x 6.8m.

To find out more, get in touch by emailingŐżtheatre@ucl.ac.uk, telling us yourŐżproposed date/s and the technical support required.