First-class facilities

Home to the prestigious Wickham Theatre, a 24-hour rehearsal space, sound and design studios, carpentry and costume workshops, and one of the largest theatre archives in the UK.

The home of theatre

We have a long history in innovating the study and practice of theatre. Bristol was the first in the country to offer a degree in the subject in 1947.

Creative hub

Benefit from partnerships with leading Bristol arts organisations such as Bristol Old Vic, Pervasive Media Studio, Travelling Light and Tobacco Factory Theatres.

Theatre at Bristol

Theatre and performance at Bristol is distinctive in its integration of theory and practice through pathways developing performance, research and practice-as-research skills. The broad curriculum balances historical contexts and theoretical perspectives, performance-making and analysis. You’ll study with scholar-practitioners who practice what they teach, from historical costume to immersive arts.

This has been my dream course for years. It still doesn't feel real being here! I like the integration between the course material and the city itself and the passion and personal care that each tutor puts into their work.

Eleanor, BA Theatre and English

Career prospects

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Our students develop excellent transferable skills and pursue careers in diverse fields. As well as careers in theatre and the wider creative industries, our graduates go into education, business, media, government, and medicine.

You'll find Bristol theatre alumni throughout the creative industries, with successful careers as critics, performers, directors, writers, producers, stage managers and designers. Alumni include actors Pearl Mackie, Simon Pegg, Charlotte Ritchie, Luke Thompson, and Joe Alwyn; playwrights David Grieg, Nina Segal, Mark Ravenhill and Laura Wade; and Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Gregory Doran.

Course structure

students performing a drama piece on a stage

In the first year, you will learn how to analyse performance and work with play texts, as well as developing your practical skills in theatre production. In the second and final years you will take a series of units designed to deepen your analytical, critical, practical and historical expertise and skills - as well as exciting optional units.

As part of your final year, you will have the opportunity to complete a capstone Independent Study, which will take the shape of a group performance project, an individual dissertation or a practice-as-research investigation. You will also have the opportunity to undertake professional development with a local, national, or even international partner.

You can combine theatre studies with film, English, Liberal Arts or innovation, or study theatre and a modern language to spend your third year abroad. To find out more about studying abroad, visit the Centre for Study Abroad

Sample units may include:

  • Clowning Through History
  • Performing the Archive
  • Creative Technologies
  • Early Modern Performance Practices.

Immerse yourself in theatre

A sign reading 'Bristol Old Vic'.

Bristol is an exciting place to be a theatre student. Theatres, venues and festivals around the city stage a huge variety of performances of every genre, enhancing and broadening your studies with access to cutting-edge drama.

There is also a huge range of student societies to get involved in, from the Theatre department's in-house student led company, InterAct, to the established DramSoc and Spotlights, Bristol Improv, PantoSoc, Music Theatre Bristol, and the Stage Technicians' Association.

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