About the Roman Theatre
The Roman Theatre of Verulamium is unique.
Built in about 140AD it is the only example of its kind in Britain, being a theatre with a stage rather than an Amphitheatre. Initially, the arena would have been used for anything from religious processions and dancing, to wrestling, armed combat and wild beast shows.
From about 180AD the stage came into greater use and the auditorium was extended. By about 300AD, after some redevelopment work, the theatre could seat 2,000 spectators.
The ruins that can be see today were unearthed in 1847 and 1935. Subsequent excavations in 1957 and 1961 revealed a row of shop foundations, a Roman Villa and a secret shrine, all thought to date from the First Century.
It is also possible to view treasures evacuated from the Roman Theatre site at the nearby Verulamium Museum.
The Roman Theatre of Verulamium is situated on Bluehouse Hill, to the west of St Albans city centre. The postcode is AL3 6AE.
There is no parking at the theatre – please park in the Verulamium Park NCP car park in St Michael’s Street which is a 5 minute walk from the venue. This car park can get full, especially at the weekend, so please arrive in plenty of time. If the car park is full, there are a number of public car parks in the city centre, around a 10-15 minute walk from the Roman Theatre.
Please do not try to enter the Gorhambury Estate in your car – if you do you will be turned back at the gate. There is a drop-off point in a lay-by opposite the entrance to the theatre on Bluehouse Hill.
The Roman Theatre is a 30 minute walk from St Albans City Station and a 20 minute walk from St Albans Abbey Station.
Facilities and access
Doors open an hour before performances.
Tickets are for unreserved seats – when you arrive you will be shown to the next available seat. If you want to sit together as a group, you will need to arrive together. All our seats have a good view of the stage and the sound is good throughout the theatre thanks to our amplified sound system. Chairs are provided, so please do not bring your own!
Rain does not stop our performances. If it’s safe to do so, we carry on, so be prepared with appropriate clothing (no umbrellas). Evenings can be cool, so warm clothing is often best. During matinée performances the theatre can get very hot (there is no shade) so bring sunhats and sunscreen.
Toilets and a licensed bar are available on site.
We regret that no dogs (except guide dogs) will be admitted to performances.
The Roman Theatre is an ancient heritage site and disabled access is, unfortunately, quite challenging. However, we always try to accommodate disabled audience members – please email us if you wish to enquire about access requirements.
Historical information about the Roman Theatre provided courtesy of the Gorhambury Estate.