The Maltings Theatre

The Roman Theatre
Open Air Festival
28th May – 11th July 2021

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The Festival

The Maltings Theatre and OVO created The Roman Theatre Open Air Festival in 2014, bringing this unique and historic venue back to life, after it stood largely abandoned for many centuries. 

As we now enter our seventh year, the festival is recognised as one of the UK’s leading outdoor theatre events. 2021 is our biggest and best festival yet with 14 shows, 8 companies and 69 performances presenting a diverse range of incredible theatre, opera and music over 7 weeks.

What's on

View the full digital programme via the button to the left, or visit our What's On page for full details and to buy tickets. 

Find Us

The Roman Theatre of Verulamium is situated on Bluehouse Hill, AL3 6AE.

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The Maltings Theatre


5th July - 6th July 2021

Presented by Best Theatre Arts

Running Time: 90 mins



Picture the scene… It’s summer, it’s festival time, and two battling rival groups will attempt to cover the entirety of Greek mythology in an evening. In the past ‘BYTE’ have performed sell out shows at the Roman Theatre including Aristophanes’ ‘The Birds' and their steam punk twist on ‘Around the world in 80 days”

“The show was fantastic for the whole family. We loved it!” Audience review.

This time the large ensemble performance company, known for their award winning chorus work, bring us famous myths such as Pandora’s Box, Jason and the Argonauts and Hercules. This theatrical extravaganza which also includes live music and movement, will culminate in a musical imagining of the Iliad complete with a full scale battle! 

Audiences are always surprised and amazed how ‘Byte’ bring epic tales to life on stage and this show promises to be an unforgettable feast for the eyes, ears and the soul.

“I am still giggling a year on when I think back to watching the show at the Byte amphitheatre” Audience member.

Olympiaganza is wild, silly and a complete blast for audiences of all ages.

BYTE (Best Youth Theatre Experience) is a professionally directed young people’s theatre company based in St Albans. The group’s ethos is to create the highest quality performances whilst ensuring everyone who takes part feels they belong, bonds through their passion and believes in themselves. The young local company have won critical acclaim whilst performing to sell out audiences at The National Theatre, and winning first place awards at festivals. The BYTE is creative, re-inventive, challenging and inspiring and is open to all secondary age students.

We are honoured to be able to return to this fantastic open-air setting and can’t wait to share our work with audiences this summer.


Where can I book tickets?
Tickets are available at There are no box office facilities at the venue. Please book your tickets in advance.
I don't think I received my tickets, where are they and when were they sent?
When you book tickets, you will then receive two emails, a confirmation of your order and a second email containing your tickets. If you can't find them, please check your spam folder
Do I need to print my tickets?
No. In fact, please don't! We're trying to improve our carbon footprint. When you book your tickets you will recieve an e-ticket via email that you can show on your phone or smart device on arrival. 
What are the discounts?
Multibuy: Receive a 20% discount when you book for two eligible shows, a 30% discount when you book for three, a 40% discount when you book for four and a 50% discount when you book for five. Shows must all be booked at the same time.
Super Saturday: Receive a 40% discount when you book for a triple bill of Peter Pan, Comedy of Errors and The Winter’s Tale on Saturday 26th June.
Where is the theatre?
The Roman Theatre of Verulamium is situated on Bluehouse Hill, AL3 6AE.
Where can I park?
There is no parking or drop off at The Roman Theatre itself. Please do not try to enter the site in your car. The nearest parking (5 minutes' walk) is the NCP St Albans Verulamium Museum. At weekends this car park is often full, alternative parking can be found in the city centre or at Westminster Lodge, (10-15 minutes’ walk).
This is all outdoors, so what if it rains?
The Roman Theatre is entirely uncovered, so please dress appropriately (no umbrellas, ponchos encouraged!). The performance will continue whatever the weather, unless conditions become dangerous. In the event of weather related cancellation, we will rebook you for a future performance. Refunds are not given in the event of bad weather. Full terms.
Is it Covid safe?
We’ve done all we can to make the festival safe. Our performers and crew are observing strict protocols in rehearsals and backstage. Our stewards have been given specialist training and equipment. Our site has been redesigned with Covid in mind, including new seating layouts, bar arrangements, payment systems and cleaning processes. View our full Covid-19 policy.

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