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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Your visit


The Roman Theatre is a heritage site and accessibility can be challenging but not impossible.

There is no parking or drop-off at the Roman Theatre itself but for particular access requirements please contact us at [email protected] - we are able to make special drop-off and pick-up arrangements for audience members with limited mobility. There are four sets of wooden steps with a total 15 steps in all from the entrance to the auditorium seating. 

The Roman Theatre of Verulamium
Bluehouse Hill
St Albans AL3 6AE

The Maltings Theatre
Level 2
The Maltings Shopping Centre
St Albans AL1 3HL


Where can I book tickets?
Tickets are available at There are no box office facilities at the venue. Please book your tickets in advance.
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.

How do I access the stream?
You will recieve access information once you have purchased a live stream ticket. 
Can I watch if I don’t live in the UK?
Absolutely! We want as many people to enjoy our productions as possible, but make sure you check the time the stream will be available from/to in your time zone.
What time zone is the performance time in?
The performance times are always given in local time, currently Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Make sure you’ve checked what time the stream will be available from/to in your time zone if watching from outside of the UK.
Will the on-demand recording be captioned?
Unfortunately we are not able to provide subtitles.
Will the on-demand recording be audio described?
Unfortunately we are not able to provide an audio described version.
On which devices will I be able to watch?
You will be able to watch on any device, such as a computer, smartphone or tablet with a stable internet connection.
Can I watch the performance on my phone?
Yes, you will be able to watch on a smartphone with a stable internet connection.
Can I cast the performance to a TV?
Yes, our streaming platform is browser-based so should allow you to cast the video directly to your TV.
I’ve booked but haven’t received an email confirmation, what should I do?
Please double check your junk/spam folder for the email confirmation. If you still can’t find the confirmation email please contact the Box Office and they will be happy to send out another. Email [email protected]
What protocols are in place to keep the cast and other staff working safe?
We are adhering to all the Government’s rehearsal and performance guidelines to make the theatre COVID-19 safe and ensure the wellbeing of everyone working. This includes (but is not limited to):
Keeping the number of people working in the building to a minimum
Adhering to social distancing; keeping more than 2 metres apart
Rehearsing and performing in a large and ventilated space
Wearing face coverings when entering, exiting, and moving around the building
Frequent sanitising and cleaning
If you have any further queries please contact the Box Office at [email protected]