The Assembly Rooms Theatre is a historic proscenium arch theatre in the heart of old-town Durham. The building operates under Durham University and showcases the work of Durham Student Theatre during term time. Outside term time we are thrilled to open our venue to community groups, touring shows and a wide variety of events.  

Our box office is run by a team of volunteers, and overseen by dedicated members of staff. If you’re interested in volunteering with us, more information can be found here.

We are supported by the University and generous donations from our patrons and sponsors, which allow us to undertake essential maintenance and restoration work on our historic building, enabling us to continue to grow as a venue. If you’re interested in supporting us in any way, more information is available here.

Artistic Policy

As a 220 seat theatre, we are hirable for three period a year – Summer, Winter and Easter. We are particularly interested in touring fringe theatre with a relevance to our community and social change. If you think this applies to you – we’d love to hear from you. You can get in touch with us here.

Opperational Policy

As a venue, we aim to extend a warm welcome to both the community and university students, fusing the two together through artistic development and good practice. We aim to provide the best opportunities for Durham University students, whilst also maintaining a venue that showcases high-standard work for the public to enjoy. We are constantly aiming to enhance our community presence, thus ensuring that the University can have a positive impact on the wider community through our work. We are open to external groups outside term time – offering a place for the local community to watch high quality touring theatre. We are a venue which accepts both university and local groups.

Our role is to provide access to excellent theatre for both University members and the wider community alike. A venue for all.