Welcoming Audiences, Celebrating Performance
Nominated for Best Arts Venue locally in 2014, Stanwix Theatre is the premier performance space for the Performing Arts courses at the University of Cumbria.
The Main House Theatre seating around 300 was completely refurbished in 2015 and is constantly updated. There are two further studio theatres with a maximum seating capacity of 80.
Typically in an academic year there are around 80 different productions staged with a total of over 300 performances, but there is still space for visiting professional productions. In the past these have included include Hull Truck, Compass, Trestle, Théâtre Sans Frontières and Quondam, whilst recent concerts have featured Eddi Reader and Tom Paxton. Comedy highlights have included Eddie Izzard, Ardal O'Hanlon, Al Murray, John Hegley and Neil Innes.
In 2012 Limbik Theatre Company brought their award winning show The Harbour to Stanwix, delighting both students and the local community with their tale based on the Selkie folk legends. We were delighted to welcome them back for their latest show The Messenger in 2015.
Immersion Theatre (co- founded and directed by James Tobias, a graduate from our Performing Arts course) are also regular visitors, bringing their bold interpretation of Romeo and Juliet to the theatre in 2015.