Stanwix Theatre

Entertaining Everyone


Situated at Brampton Road on the banks of the River Eden, the award-nominated Stanwix Theatre boasts two fully equipped, purpose-built performance spaces. It is the premier venue for all Performing Arts courses at the University of Cumbria and runs as a professional theatre, attracting external productions and directors from across the world.


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The Stanwix Theatre main house seats 182 and was refurbished in 2015.

The Topping Studio Theatre offers flexible seating for up to 80 audience members.

Both spaces are staffed by theatre professionals and equipment is regularly updated to keep up to date with industry standards.

The Stanwix Theatre and Topping Studio hosts an exciting programme of external and university productions.


Previous Show Highlights Include:

Spoken & Comedy: Eddie Izzard, Al Murray, Ardal O’Hanlon, Alexei SayleGermaine Greer and Neil Innes

Theatre: Hull Truck, Limbik, Immersion Theatre, Théâtre sans FrontièresPuppetry of the Penis and Trestle

Events: GamesJam, Borderlines Book Festival, Land Rover LaunchBBC TV & Radio and Carlisle Fringe Festival

Music: Tygers of Pan TangJohn Hegley and Ian Matthews


Virtual Tour of our Stanwix Theatre

You can now explore our theatre in 3D. You can also explore the rest of our Brampton Road Art Campus in Carlisle here


A selection of images from some of the productions that have been staged at the Stanwix Theatre in recent seasons are available on our Facebook page.

Stanwix Theatre on Facebook

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Contact Us

If you have any queries or feedback please contact the Box Office:

Phone: 01228 400 356


For information on hiring the theatre, please contact Theatre Manager Mitch Bridgewater


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How to Find Us

Stanwix Theatre
University of Cumbria
Brampton Road

Our Brampton Road Campus
Brampton road

Membership Cards

Membership cards can be purchased at the Box Office before any show and cost £10.00 for members of the public and friends of the theatre; £5.00 for alumni, Board Directors and Honorary Fellows; and are FREE of charge for current students and staff upon provision of student/staff card. They give a discounted price for every show at the theatre and last for the whole academic year.

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