Welcome back to the Alma Theatre!

Plans are now underway to relaunch the Alma Theatre in June and after a whole year of no theatre we couldn't be more excited to do so!


We will be following government guidance to ensure that everyone stays safe.  Masks will be worn by everyone (unless drinking or exempt); hand sanitiser will be provided and details must be left for track and trace. All drinks must be ordered on arrival so it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the online menu beforehand.  So, please expect there - and other - changes.

If you want to grab a bite to eat first, our 25% pre-theatre discount is back - however, booking is essential! 

With excitement,
Holly and all the Alma Team x

If you 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 also included an option to support the Alma Theatre - 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 in any way you can.

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.