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A Brief History of the Redgrave Theatre

The Redgrave Theatre

Built in 1966 the Redgrave was originally known simply as the ‘Clifton College Theatre’. The design was based on the Mermaid Theatre in London and was the first purpose built school theatre in the country. 

The theatre was officially opened by the actor Sir Michael Redgrave - an ex-student of the college.  After Sir Michael's death in 1985 the building was renamed ‘The Redgrave Theatre’ in his honour.

Originally the theatre was only used for college events, but in the 1970’s the decision was made for the theatre to be hired out to local amateur dramatic groups during the holidays.

Since then the popularity of the Redgrave has continued to grow. Today, as well as continuing to host some of the same amateur dramatics groups that first visited the theatre back in the 70's, the theatre plays host to a variety of professional touring companies, comedians, film societies, music concerts and dance pieces.

For many years the Clifton College Drama Department was based in the building to the left of the Theatre - known as the Chateau. After the Drama Department relocated to another area of the college this studio space has since been used for a variety of other purposes including as a rehearsal space, as additional changing rooms and breakout spaces or for private pre or post show events.  


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Box Office Opening Hours 

By phone

Tuesday to Friday - 12:30-5:30

Please leave a message outside these times with your name, number, convenient time to call, show you would like to book and the number of tickets and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


24/7 online booking service through our 'What's On' page

In person

Tickets can be purchased or collected on any show evening for any other show (please check the 'What's On page for full listings). We unfortunately are unable to do ticket collections during the day or on non-show days.

Tickets by post

Though we endeavour to get your tickets delivered as soon as possible it may be your tickets don't arrive until 1-2 weeks before the performance, but please do not worry if you have your e-mail confirmation your seat is guaranteed under all circumstances (apart from cancellation of the show, in which case you will be given a ticket to the re-arranged date or refund). 

We are happy to say that all tickets bought for delivery to the Bristol and Bath areas will be delivered by the carbon neutral bicycle postal delivery service Velopost (all other areas will be sent 1st class royal mail). 


Concessions include children under the age of 18, students & NHS with a valid card and pensioners.

If you are a carer for adults or children please do call us on the admin office number.


Clifton Hotels (Rodney Hotel's No 4. restaurant)

Enjoy a delicious pre-theatre dinner and a relaxing hotel stay package from just £84 at the Rodney Hotel and No. 4 Clifton Village, in the heart of Clifton Village. Choose a starter and a main from the No. 4 a la carte menu (available from 6pm onwards, Monday-Saturday), and then look forward to a comfortable night’s sleep in one of the Rodney’s 31 rooms.
We also have theatre + accommodation, or dinner + theatre packages available. Hotel rooms are from £66, and a two-course dinner is £18. Contact the Rodney Hotel on 0117 973 5422, or No. 4 Clifton Village on 0117 970 6869 to book.


Pizza Express (Clifton Village)






25% off with a valid Redgrave Theatre ticket

Our staff

Sam Hollis-Pack - Theatre Manager


Nick Jones - Box Office & Operations Manager

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