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ALMA THEATRE

It is with great sadness and much deliberation that we have decided to close our lovely theatre with immediate effect.

In light of the increasing covid-19 threat, government advice and our social responsibility to reduce the spread of the virus we cannot in good conscience remain open.

If you have purchased tickets to any of the cancelled productions we will be in touch by the end of the week to confirm the cancellation and discuss whether you would like the Alma to retain the ticket money until we are able to reschedule performances, or to use as credit for any future productions at the Alma, or to issue you a refund.

HOWEVER, we do ask all Alma patrons to consider offering the cost of the tickets purchased as a donation to the theatre companies who are now facing an immediate loss of income. Artists and creatives have had events cancelled across the country from now until, in many cases, the end of the summer and will have already paid out significant sums to get the -now cancelled – performance to you, by hiring rehearsal spaces, directors, designers, cast and crew amongst many other costs. By not requesting a refund you may help them to weather the storm ahead.

If you were yet to purchase your ticket, but feel as passionately as we do about supporting local theatre makers and would like to help them in their time of need we have set up a donations button below to further support these artists. We have included an option to support the Alma Theatre as well, as while we are not in quite as dire straits as the freelancers whose performances have been cancelled, we have always worked as a self-sufficient, independent theatre, with no funding and the coming months will be a huge financial struggle for us. So, if you can afford it please do help out – either the artists or theatre - in any way you can.

We hope to reopen as soon as possible, but will be following government guidance on when that might be and will let you know as soon as we do! But please make sure when we return that YOU, people of Bristol, welcome all of the theatre’s back with open arms to make our comeback stronger than ever!

Lots of love,

Holly, Toby, Liv & the Alma Team

**The Alma Tavern Pub is currently open for trade, and will be until further notice**

We've joined up with Ticket Tailor for our new booking system.  If you are not redirected to this new system using the THEATRE BOOKINGS links on the website click here.

If you have any problems booking, or can't check to see if tickets are available, give us a ring on 0117 973 5171 and we'll sort it out directly.  Alternatively, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Holly, our Theatre Manager will get back in touch!

Opening in 1997, the Alma Theatre has gone through an almighty TWO DECADES and is oldest pub theatre in Bristol.  Converted into a perfect black box theatre with 48 in-tiered seating from what used to be two separate function rooms, it is an incredibly versatile space that has seen hundreds of productions, many of which have been world premieres. It has strong ties with most local theatre companies and is committed to championing new writing from the Bristol Theatre Scene.

Now in our 21st year, we have our own in-house Production Company, Schoolhouse Productions, which has gained a fantastic reputation for presenting classic texts, such as Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party, Ibsen's A Doll's House and Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.  Our next project will be The Memory of Water in Spring 2019. 

For many years Bristol favourites, Theatre West, held a seasonal residency of original writing.  We work with university society’s and amateur groups from the South-West to showcase their work as well as including some of the best touring theatre companies in our programme.  Our other connections include Bristol Old Vic, Hecate Theatre and Red Rope to name a few.  Every season we have a host of varied productions that complement the diverse nature of the city and beyond. 

If you are part of a local or touring company and would like more information about booking the space please contact Holly Newton, our Theatre Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will get back to you as soon as possible.

PRE-THEATRE DINING

If you fancy coming to watch a show, why not grab a pizza, or something from our classics menu, where you'll get 25% off?!

ACCESSIBILITY

Due to the size and location of the theatre we are unfortunately not fully accessible to those with mobility issues.  The theatre can only be reached by narrow staircases that lead on to either the stage or the back of the auditorium.  If you are interested in visiting our theatre and have and concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the team.  Additionally, as it is such a small space we do not have a hearing induction loop in place and therefore any persons with hearing issues may not be able to hear the show.

LATECOMERS POLICY

We advise arriving to the Alma for a performance 15 minutes before the show is due to start to allow you enough time to buy a drink and use the facilities.

The auditorium is very small, meaning that once a show is running any latecomers may be very disruptive to those already enjoying the performance.  While we will try to accomodate latecomers where possible, it is likely that you will not be granted access to the theatre.  If you arrive late and are not allowed in we regret that we are unable to offer refunds.