The Roman Theatre of Verulamium
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 2000 spectators.
The ruins one can 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.
The theatre has been refurbished in 2014 to include new steps, pathways and handrails. There is now improved, yet limited disabled access. The Theatre is available to book for cultural entertainment.
It is also possible to view treasures evacuated from the Roman Theatre site at the St Albans Verulamium Museum.
COVID-19 UPDATE: The Roman Theatre is now open to visitors. The Theatre is open between 10am and 5pm.
Adults - £3.00
Students and Seniors - £2.50
Children (5-16) - £2.00
Family - £8.50
Schools - £1 per student or teacher
Under 5’s - Free
School groups are very welcome.
Please Note: Christmas opening times. Over the upcoming Christmas holiday period the Roman Theatre opening hours are as follows:
Friday 24th December 2021 - 10am - 2pm
Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th & Monday 27th December 2021 - Closed
Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th December 2021 - 10am - 4pm
Friday 31st December 2021 - 10am - 2pm
Saturday 1st January 2022 - Closed
Joint admission to Verulamium Museum and the Roman Theatre
(not applicable to group or school bookings)
Child - £4.00
Family - £19.00
Concessions including those aged 60+ and students (with ID) - £5.50
There is limited parking available at the site. Further parking is available outside the St Albans Verulamium Museum where you can also view treasures excavated from the Roman Theatre site.
Bookings and Enquiries
For school bookings and general enquiries, please contact the Roman Theatre:
For theatrical and filming requests, please contact Strutt & Parker on: