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Durham Student Theatre has over 600 active members and 26 unique theatre companies

Bursting with talent

With over 30 student theatre companies producing around 70 shows every year, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a dramatic student experience. If theatre is your true passion or you’d like to try performing for the first time, becoming a member of Durham Student Theatre (DST) offers opportunities for the dramatically inclined across the university and colleges. DST encourages involvement in all aspects of theatre including writing, directing, scenery design, and even developing technical expertise in lighting and sound.

‘All the world’s a stage’ and nowhere is this more evident than at Durham University.

Even though we do not offer performing arts courses, there are vibrant and successful theatrical communities in Durham City and Queen's Campus, offering opportunitites for your talents to flourish. With around 600 members, Durham Student Theatre (DST) is the largest student theatre organisation in the country. Discover a new talent by taking the opportunity to try something for the first time, be it acting, singing, dancing or directing.

Three Durham productions selected for National Student Drama Festival 2016

This year a total of 75 productions auditioned hoping to be one of only 12 shows selected to make up the festival’s programme.

Durham University Light Opera Group (DULOG) had two shows selected in 2016, ‘The Addams Family’ musical and their production of the Cole Porter musical ‘Kiss Me Kate’, which was given the honour of closing the festival. Battered Soul Company also had their production of a play by Mike Bartlett selected to be performed at the festival which ran from 19 – 25 March in Scarborough.

The Festival is open to anyone in the 16-25 age range and the majority of shows come from Theatre Companies and Drama Schools which makes Durham’s achievement even more significant.”

DST highlights:

  • Annual Durham Drama Festival every February 
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival 
  • National Student Drama Festival
  • Finalist Showcase in London's West End
  • Durham Festival of the Arts
  • The 'D'Oscars' - Durham's very own awards ceremony, recognising the best in Durham Student Theatre



 * Image DULOG performing 'Guys and Dolls'

Unique performance venues

The University has its very own 220-seat theatre, The Assembly Rooms, located right in the heart of Durham City. The theatre is run and managed by students involved with Durham Student Theatre. Many of our student-led theatrical and musical societies enjoy the opportunity to stage various productions in unique settings around Durham Castle, including the imposing Great Hall and intimate Norman Chapel.

Our unique relationship to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, means that Durham's spectacular Cathedral also plays host to regular student performances, including major concerts with hundreds of student musicians in the knave, to atmospheric drama in the Monks Dormitory

Students also make good use of the city's main professional theatre, Gala Durham, with Durham University Light Opera Group (DULOG) performing their eagerly anticipated annual show at the venue.

Students based at Queen’s Campus can take advantage of our partnership with ARC Stockton, rehearsing and performing in this professional theatre and arts complex and staging major productions here every year.

Student Theatre at Durham is kindly supported by PwC.

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