General Information

The Rondo is a truly unique venue with an intimate and friendly atmosphere situated in Larkhall’s easily accessible shopping centre. The Rondo offers 105 excellent seats all close to the stage, a great bar (you can drink as you watch the show!) and a hugely varied programme of events.

The Itchy Guide to Bath says:

“You get a feeling of belonging to a special club when you watch a play here as the bar is right next to the seating which is only a few feet from the stage… If you like your theatre informal but still with quality productions, then track this place down

The Rondo grew out of the local community and has become a home for enthusiasts who reflect a wide variety of interests and experience in the performing arts. The Rondo has risen from a rehearsal hall to become one of England’s busiest and most atmospheric small theatres. Each year nearly 80 different companies visit us, bringing with them a wide variety of theatre, music and performance.

We welcome companies who make regular returns, established companies visiting for the first time, and encourage new companies both amateur and professional and student groups. The affordable hire rates of The Rondo make the venue accessible to all.

History

The birth of The Rondo Theatre in 1989 sprang from the extraordinary generosity of Doreen and Wilf Williams. Having bought the building from St Saviours Church in 1976 to turn it into a concert venue and centre for the local community, they gifted the freehold to the newly formed charity, The Rondo Trust. Work started on a new bar, raked seating and a control room above the auditorium. In 1996 the theatre received a major lottery and sports and arts grant that enabled the building to be extended to provide dressing rooms, a backstage room, offices and a foyer at the front of the building. In 2003 the theatre received a second lottery grant to install state of the art lighting equipment.

Funding

The theatre receives a small grant from the local authority B&NES. It also receives sponsorship and donations. The following companies have assisted the theatre:

Casa Di Tivoli, Firehouse, Framing Workshop, Funtastic, Goodies Delicatessen Hetreed Ross Architects, The Jelf Group, Larkhall Butchers, Playbox Day Nursery, The Rondo Theatre Company, The Tasting Room.

This Website

The website will answer all your questions !  If you are interested in the current season look at What’s on for each month.  There is also some background information and reviews of the shows and the performers within the general listings.  Look at How do I get tickets for booking information.  If you are a company interested in booking the theatre go to Information for performers.   If you ‘re interested in what has gone on previously there is Previous listings.  Information on supporting theatre activities through volunteering or joining the Friends of the Rondo is at  Support The Rondo.

Acknowledgements:  The Rondo Theatre is owned and run by The Rondo Trust for the Performing Arts, a registered chairy No. 1000051.  We gratefully acknowledge capital funding for our recent building programme from The Foundation for Sports and the Arts, and The Arts Council Lottery Board.