From cutting-edge theatre productions to inspiring contemporary dance performances, The House is host to a variety of acclaimed choreographers and multi-award winning shows open to the public, all year round.

This state-of-the-art performing arts centre is located on the University of Plymouth campus, in the city's central quarter, adjacent to the Plymouth City Museum and The Levinsky Gallery. 

Word is...

  • . "Raw energy, fury, vigour, passion. You can feel the energy of a whole community of people" Barbican Theatre (on The Aakash Odedra Company)
  • . "Veldman sure knows how to pick all the right ingredients for a dance show" Dance Tabs (on The Knot)
  • . "A gently fascinating interactive's funny, too" Time Out (on Beowulf)
  • . "One of the brightest companies in British Dance" The Times (on Anjali Dance Company)

Plymouth Conservatoire 

University of Plymouth and Theatre Royal Plymouth have joined forces to launch Plymouth Conservatoire. Here, performing arts students – actors, dancers, and theatre-makers will have the very best, up-to-date industry expertise, research and teaching practice as well as unrivalled access to professional opportunities.  

It is the only Conservatoire in the UK where students can benefit from the unique mix of expertise on offer, when a theatre and a university combine.

Creative edge

Enjoying training in the theatre with performing arts practitioners hand-in-hand with top quality teaching from higher education specialists in a university, Plymouth Conservatoire students get the best of both worlds.

It is this winning combination that drives innovation, the exchange of ideas and best practice and that helps students to gain that all-important creative edge.

Explorations season at The Arts Institute

This season we have shaped our programme around the theme of Explorations, an apt subject given that Plymouth is Britain's Ocean City, where many an epic journey first began. With such a rich history and expertise at our fingertips, we have looked at notions of exploration from many different angles. 

From explorations of creativity within music, looking specifically at pivotal works from the late 19th and early 20th centuries with the acclaimed Dante Quartet and Dr Robert Taub, to quieter more personal journeys that change the way we observe the world in which we live, as seen through the eye of Plymouth-based Curator, Vickie Fear, in The Unknown Knowns exhibition.

The thirst for knowledge and understanding often provide the first impetus for exploring, and whether groundbreaking or taking baby steps, exploration is without a doubt an essential part of being human. 

Photo credit: #JeSuis by Sean Goldthrope