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Caryl Churchill Theatre


Designed by renowned theatre architects Foster Wilson, the Caryl Churchill Theatre was opened in 2013 with a special performance of Tim Crouch's my arm. The whole theatre is fully accessible at all levels, and was shortlisted for a RIBA award in 2014.

Replacing the 30-year-old 'black box' Studio Theatre, the theatre (named after world-renowned playwright Caryl Churchill) seats 178 audience members on two levels, with a third floor for technical operation.

The Caryl Churchill Theatre provides a flexible, well-lit and well-equipped space for lectures, seminars and practical study, as well as extra-curricular performances and other events.

The spacious stage area backs onto the workshop for ease of set movement, and also features a balcony, allowing for the utiilisation of spatial levels.

The auditorium is split over three levels; the flexible fold-out rake (pictured below) seats up to 122, with a further 56 in the gallery above, and all three floors are fully accessible.


The warm brickwork interior of the theatre is beautifully complemented by ten shuttered windows and a large skylight.

The third level is reserved for technical areas (including the Control Room) parallel with the two motorised trusses.

The theatre is equipped with the latest audio-visual and lighting equipment, managed by our own in-house team of technicians, offering versatility for both education and performance.

TFoyerhe new theatre also features an entrance foyer for ease of access to the theatre, its surrounding rooms and the Katharine Worth Building.

The glass-walled front-of-house area offers a fantastic view of the surrounding countryside, and also features a small outdoor courtyard nestled between the theatre and the Katharine Worth Building.

Adjacent to the foyer is another flexible teaching space, which also contains a fully functioning bar and doubles up as a box office on performance evenings.

The foyer also contains a spacious lift that services all three levels of the theatre, allowing for maximum accessibility.

Two rehearsal studios have also been built above the workshop, giving students two more expansive spaces within which to both learn the theory and put it into practice.


Constructed to map the area of the Caryl Churchill Theatre's stage, the studios also house audiovisual equipment for lectures and seminars.

These adaptive spaces feature floor-to-ceiling glass windows, simultaneously naturally lighting the spaces and revealing another stunning view of the department's surroundings.


cct_dressrmDuring the build of the Caryl Churchill Theatre, the current workshop in the Katharine Worth Building was expanded and a second, larger one was created as part of the new complex.

Offering ample space for students to design and construct sets, props, installations and more, the new workshop backs directly onto the stage, allowing for much quicker get-ins and scenery strikes.


Also located nearby are two large dressing rooms (right), three shower rooms and toilets, providing amenities for performers backstage.


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