Our plans for the next few months.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has obviously affected many arts organisations up and down the country, and the Rondo is no exception.

We have taken the difficult decision to remain closed until at least March 2021 and want to update you – our wide and valued community of theatre lovers, volunteers, artists, companies and supporters.

Our Income and the Pandemic

Our income depends on bookings from theatre companies, community groups and tour bookers. Between March and August, we could not open, by law. From August to early November, we could open, but social distancing regulations reduced audience numbers so much that it wasn’t economically viable for companies to come.

Looking Ahead and Staying Afloat

We expect this will be the way of things for the next few months: either being legally unable to open, or being allowed to open, but under restrictions that are too much of a financial challenge.

We are very glad and relieved to say we secured a grant from Arts Council England, in conjunction with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It covers our costs until March.

In March, we hope that we will be able to re-open, subject to the regulations and restrictions.

After March

If we can reopen in March, we won’t be returning to the old “normal”. But like many other organisations, we will have clear processes for all parts of our community: artists, audiences and volunteers. That will include contingencies for refunds and rebooking in the case of postponed or cancelled shows. We will update you nearer the time about this.

In the meantime

While we’re closed, we’re working hard behind the scenes. We’re putting together a brilliant programme of the kind of exciting theatre, comedy and music we know you love seeing at the Rondo. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back into a COVID-safe theatre.

Finally, we’d like to say a huge thank you for your patience and understanding and to Arts Council England, whose grant ensures our survival through winter 2020 – and hopefully into a brighter spring.

Stay safe, be kind and be well.

Love from all at the Rondo.

Getting here

Our full address is: Rondo Theatre, St. Saviours Rd, Bath BA1 6RT

From Bath City Centre, take the A4 London Road towards Chippenham, passing Morrisons on your right, you will then pass through a pedestrian crossing. Take the left turn into St Saviour’s Road. Go past the church and The Rondo is a few hundred metres on the left next to the newsagents.

From A46 (Batheaston By-pass) and from Chippenham: at the roundabout at the end of the A46 take the A4 (London Road) towards Bath. On joining the London Road, go through the first set of traffic lights. Then pass through the pelican crossing and take the first turning on the right (Beaufort Place at Rondo sign). Go to the end of this road and turn right at the junction and The Rondo is on the left.

Bus Services: First Bus Number 7 is a regular service from the bus station to Larkhall. Also the number 3 stops 5 minutes walk away on the London Road, as do the Chippenham and Devizes buses.

Parking

Unfortunately the Rondo does not have its own car park. There is on-street parking which is free after 7pm, but we recommend that you allow plenty of time for finding a space.

Access

Here at the Rondo we aim to be as welcoming and accommodating as possible. If you have any questions or concerns which are not addressed by the following information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly.

The theatre is equipped with an accessible toilet and there are no steps to access the foyer, auditorium or bar area.

The front row (Row A) is on the flat, but each subsequent row is accessible by a shallow step. We also have a staircase at the back of the seats if you require an easy way to leave during the show, but please note that these steps are steep.

Our seats have a central aisle, so seat numbers 5 and 6 in each row are aisle seats. Please note that seat numbers 1 and 11 are located against the wall.

If you would like to book a wheelchair space, just click on ‘Book Tickets’ as normal and you will be directed to the right seats to select for wheelchair users. Seats A9 – A11 are usually reserved for one wheelchair user and one free companion – just select seat A11 & all 3 seats will be held for your use.

Opening times

The Rondo opens half an hour before the start of each show. The start time of shows can vary quite considerably, so please ensure that you check your tickets, as it may not be possible to admit late-comers.

The theatre isn’t always open during the day-time, so if you would like to book tickets we recommend that you book online or over the phone. If you would like to book tickets in person, the Box Office opens half an hour before the start of each show.

Food & drink

The theatre’s bar is located within the auditorium, and is open half an hour before the start of each show. We sell a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as bar snacks.

Please note that we don’t allow food or drink (except water) to be brought into the theatre, and you will be asked to consume or dispose of it before being admitted.

There are several pubs and restaurants in the area that are available for pre or post-show dinner and drinks:

Bear Grylls: beargrillsbath.co.uk
Located opposite the Rondo, Bear Grylls serves a range of freshly cooked burgers to take away.

King William: kingwilliampub.com
A real ale pub on the London Road, approximately fifteen minutes walk from the Rondo. Serving quality, locally sourced food.

Rose and Crown: roseandcrownlarkhall.co.uk
An intimate gastro pub in the centre of Larkhall, just five minutes walk from the theatre, serving brunch and dinner.

Nourish: nourishbath.co.uk
A five minute walk from the Rondo, Nourish is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant serving plant-based cuisine.

Ma Cuisine: macuisine.co.uk

Ma Cuisine offer French classics using locally sourced ingredients. Located opposite the theatre, they are able to offer an early set menu for theatre goers.