In Durham Student Theatre, we predominantly use three different types of spaces: The Assembly Rooms Theatre, a historic 220-seat proscenium arch theatre; Black Box spaces, temporary, intimate spaces perfect for contemporary pieces; and Site-Specific spaces, perfect for creating unique and immersive experiences.

The Assembly Rooms Theatre

A historic 220-seat proscenium arch theatre in the heart of Durham City. It is the main venue used by Durham Student Theatre.

Black Box Studio Spaces

DST funds temporary, intimate black box spaces for use by DST affiliate theatre companies perfect for contemporary pieces.

Site-Specific Spaces

DST theatre companies use a plethora of innovative and charming locations, uniquely adapting the spaces to immerse the audience.

(1) The Assembly Rooms Theatre

The Assembly Rooms Theatre is a historic 220-seat proscenium arch theatre in the heart of Durham City.

It is the main venue used by Durham Student Theatre and is host to over 30 productions a year. It is also home to the Durham Student Theatre executive committee office, a box office, workshop, green room, two changing rooms, props and costume store, and a scene dock.

DST manages the theatre in conjunction with the University. Since we completed a £100,000 refurbishment programme generously funded by the Gillian Dickinson Trust, we have seen ever more improvements to the building allowing for a better standard of facilities and technical equipment. This allowed us to restore the main auditorium to its former design, install a modern and functional box office foyer area, and allow for better technical support for incoming productions.

The theatre is located on North Bailey, opposite Hatfield College. (40 North Bailey, Durham, DH1 3ET)

 

Use of The Assembly Rooms Theatre

Internal hires refer to hires of the theatre made by DST affiliated theatre companies.

All DST theatre companies can apply for a slot in the theatre during term, which include full production weeks and Sunday slots. Slots aren’t limited to any specific type of theatre, and we welcome anything from plays to musicals, from showcases to concerts, and more. Allocations are done on a termly basis and details of applications dates and deadlines are made available in the DST weekly e-mail. If you have any questions about the slot allocation process please e-mail our Secretary at student.theatre@durham.ac.uk.

External hires refer to hires of the theatre made by external companies and organisations.

The theatre is in use by DST affiliated theatre companies during university term-time, however it is available for hire to outside organisations during university vacations at extremely competitive rates. For more information please contact our Theatre Manager Tyler Rainford at assemblyrooms.theatre@durham.ac.uk.

(2) Black Box Studio spaces

DST provides and uses a number of temporary Black Box Studio spaces throughout the year, most notably as stages during Durham Drama Festival and Durham Festivals of the Arts.

(3) Site-Specific spaces

Durham city has many historic and quirky places in which to perform theatre. Our theatre companies frequently makes good use of spaces around the city of Durham, such as the Town Hall, Castle, Cathedral and many otherwise private college spaces. This is something that is unique to Durham, especially when creating site-specific work.

Take a look at some of our most used site-specific spaces in the gallery below: