The First Ever: Durham Fringe Festival!

Fringe theatre is a unique and rewarding experience, as enjoyable to watch as it is to take part in. You may have heard of other festivals in Edinburgh, Brighton and even Adelaide, they encourage creativity, make us think, make us cry and usually make us laugh too!  And now, thanks to a partnership with the organisers, Durham University …

Casting Call

CASTING CALL We are looking for 4 actors of various ages, gender identity and background to join us in a cold read of as part of our script development programme. DETAILS: Tuesday 16th March 7pm-9pm LOCATION: Zoom FEE: £50 per actor (equity minimum for half day work) ABOUT THE READING: This casting is part of …

Onstage: Online

Curtain set to rise on new online theatre festival An online theatre festival aimed at celebrating creativity during the lockdown will showcase County Durham talent to a global audience this June. The Assembly Rooms Theatre has teamed up with the Gala Theatre for Onstage: Online, a digital festival that will bring together a series of theatre …

City of Durham Architectural Award 2019

REFURBISHMENT of a niche city theatre has earned a prestigious accolade from a long-established civic amenity society. Durham University’s Assembly Rooms Theatre, in North Bailey, reopened in October after a year-long restoration. The city’s former Assembly Rooms, dating from the1700s, were converted into a theatre in the late Victorian era, and it is now home …

Covid-19 Update

Given the latest Covid-19 updates, theatres all around the UK are closing their doors. Following current guidance from Durham University and the UK Government, the Assembly Rooms Theatre is to close for April and to review our May productions in due course if necessary. It is with great regret that we are announcing that our …

When only theatre will do

One of Mercury Fur’s defining features is its shock factor. It is potent, unsettling and loud in all aspects – plot, characters, setting, the works. Following a gang of youths who work to fulfil their clients’ wildest and most disturbing fantasies, playwright Philip Ridley deliberately seeks to vivify a violent, lawless dystopia that leaves his …

Accessibility in Theatre and at the AR

One of the most crucial changes our recent refurbishments have brought is the development of our venue accessibility. Finding the balance between preserving the theatre’s history and prioritising our audiences and their needs was a key focus of the project, and one that has undoubtedly improved our theatre as a whole. With a high percentage …

A Discovery of Terry Pratchett by the Director of Going Postal

Terry Pratchett was a deeply funny and switched on man. He is most famous for his huge collection of Discworld novels, which comprise the best and most complete fictional world ever made, bar the Star Wars universe (and maybe Middle Earth). However, Pratchett’s achievement lies not in his ability to provide incredible escapism to a …