UCL Students and Academics

Your chance to share a production or a presentation of department work with the public.

The Bloomsbury Theatre dedicates part of the year for UCL students and academics to use the university’s state-of-the-art 541-seat auditorium.

(Please be aware that Covid 19 social distancing measurements both Front and Back stage may still be force during this time, which will reduce capacities for both audience and cast/production sizes)

During this time most usage of the theatre is free. This includes use of the theatre, our technical team and equipment (inc the cinema quality projector and screen), front of house and box office staff and facilities although there is a 7% box office commission fee to be deducted from any final box office settlement.

Examples of previous UCL Departmental Usage inc Greek and Latin Classics play, Comedy fundraiser for new equipment in the Neonatal unit at UCLH, Slade school showcase and premier screening of a UCL Department's short film.

Due to the affects of Covid 19 on the 2021-2022 academic year we will offering 24 days within the 2021 - 2022 Academic year (as apposed to the usual allocation of 4 x full weeks within set dates usually 1 week in October, 1 week in November and 2 weeks in February).

The 2021 - 2022 UCL Departmental offer will inc:

  • That these dates must between Monday - Saturday both inside and outside of term time (excluding Bank Holidays and College Closure days)
  • Limit of 4 Fridays and 4 Saturdays available
  • Multiple days available
  • Half days also available
  • Excluding the following weeks/months: 8-30th Nov, all of December, 1-9th Jan, 17 - 30th Jan, 14 -28th Feb, 1 - 27th March, 7-8th April, 21st April, 26-30th April, 1st May, 21st May, 23-31st May, 18th June, all of July. This list is not exhaustive and further dates may become unavailable so do ensure you provide 1st/2nd and 3rd options for the date of your event/s.
  • The offering of dates is at the discreetion of the Commercial Hires and Booking Manager and in some cases they may not be able to provide suitable dates. The submitting of an application does not gurantee usage.

Applications should consider

  • the presentation or show itself
  • its value to UCL and the wider community
  • involvement by staff and/or students
  • preferred dates and times (applications can be for whole weeks, individual days or anything in between). 

The application process for next academic year will close on 30th  April 2021 (submittions after this date will also be considered if there is still availability).

If your department is keen to use the theatre for a conference or presentation for a 500+ audience at other times of the year, I would be very interested to discuss this with you.

Applications should be submitted via email to myself and should be endorsed by a Head of Department.

If you are considering submitting an application for time in the theatre I would strongly recommend that you contact myself for an informal discussion prior to submission. 

I can be contacted on e.frost@ucl.ac.uk or (ex 56417)

If you would like to create performances which directly combines UCL Research with performance which would be performed outside of these dates, then please contact sylvia.harrison@ucl.ac.uk who can discuss with you further.



The Bloomsbury Studio (max capacity 70 seats) is available to UCL Staff for UCL events/performances (not teaching) throughout the year at a reduced day rate which is to be paid via department IDT. Applications can be submitted at any time. Please contact Ellen Frost (Venue and Bookings Manager) for more information and for an application form.


Ellen Frost

Venue Hire and Bookings Manager

UCL Culture

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