The House

Cutting edge theatre in the heart of Plymouth

The House is a state-of-the-art performing arts centre located in the city's central quarter, adjacent to the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. Opened in October 2014 and built to the very highest technical and sustainable specification, its facilities are world-class and attract some of the best national and international artists.

Built primarily as a training facility, furthering our commitment to investing in world-class research and creating outstanding student opportunities, this stunning building enhances the University's growing reputation for artistic innovation and excellence.

The House has a diverse programme of contemporary performance open to the public. It is available to hire for private events and as a venue for arts, workshops, corporate and more.

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The House is home to the two largest of the University of Plymouth's five studio performance spaces. All spaces have sprung dance floors and a range of technical facilities for audio playback and stage lighting. 

The space for the main stage is up to 200 metres square and features a retractable seating rake for 200 people.

A tension-wire grid spans the main stage allowing for quick and safe lighting rigging and focusing without the need for ladder access. An industry-standard ETC Gio lighting desk controls 52 LED Source 4 Lustr+ lights with 192 ways of dimming. Audio facilities include a full d&b sound system controlled by a Yamaha QL5 digital mixing desk with QLab for sound and video playback. A 5×13 m cyc can be used for video projection and there are options to project onto other surfaces including ‘mapping’ on 3D surfaces. Other industry-standard facilities include an intercom and cue light system with a patching facility to allow connectivity between all spaces.

The House has three technicians available to work with students to provide advice and operate technical elements during shows and assessments. Technicians also assist with designing, programming and operating lighting, sound and video, stage management, set design, construction and changing the format of the space.

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The House – how to find us

We're based on the University campus opposite Plymouth City Museum and just up from The Levinsky Gallery off North Hill.
We're less than a ten-minute walk from Plymouth train station and bus station.
Download a PDF map of the University campus showing the location of The House and plan your visit with maps and information on travel, journey times and parking by visiting our getting here page.

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