Welcome back to the Alma Theatre!

With UK Coronavirus restrictions lifted we are still taking additional steps to ensure the safety of all customers and audience members in the theatre.

Cleanliness - All surfaces and seats will be sanitised between performances

Fresh Air - The ventilation system will be on throughout rehearsals and performances. If you have hearing problems we recommend you sit towards the front half of the theatre as the vents can be quite loud.

Face - We encourage customers to wear masks throughout the performance, unless you are exempt or drinking

Limited cast numbers - most shows have more than 4 cast members and one technician

Please be aware that the space is very intimate, and as such a 1+ metre distance is impossible where the show has sold out.  If you have concerns please contact Holly Newton, our Theatre Manager

Food and Drink

If you wish to have a drink to take up with you, please ensure you arrive early for the production.

Interval drinks

If you would like to pre-order your interval drinks you may do so when picking up your tickets. These will be available on table 7 (by the door) when you arrive downstairs during the interval. You must taken them outside or back up to the theatre with you immediately after collection, unless a member of the bar team is able to direct you to a table

All pre-theatre dining must be booked in advance.

Ticket Info

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 theatre@almatavernandtheatre.co.uk and Holly, our Theatre Manager will get back in touch!

History & Visiting Artists

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 25th 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 to relaunch Shirley Valentine later this year. 

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 theatre@almatavernandtheatre.co.uk 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?!  Booking is essential.


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.