The Byre Theatre is a busy multi-arts venue that is part of the University of St Andrews. As part of a broad programme of events the theatre receives touring shows, primarily into their main auditorium (216 seats) and studio space (flexible up to 100 capacity), but also with potential to programme into other spaces across the University portfolio (including outdoor space).
Part of the University of St Andrews, The Byre Theatre hosts a varied and vibrant programme of University, amateur and professional touring productions of theatre, dance, musicals, music and opera, and children’s performances, as well as conferences, exhibitions and activities in the café bar.
Over 800 events take place annually with over 40% directly linked to the activity of the University. The Byre is the base venue for several student societies and festivals, as well as being the home of world-class teaching by the School of English, led by award-winning playwrights Professor Zinnie Harris and Oliver Emanuel. There are regular strands of programming connected to the School of Modern Languages and Film Studies. As part of a cultural partnership with colleagues across the University’s Music Centre, Museums, Libraries and Special Collections, The Byre is leading a strategic approach to culture, engagement and audiences.
The original Byre Theatre was founded in 1933. The current building (the third to have that name) was opened by Sir Sean Connery in 2001 and contains a 216-seat main auditorium and an 80-seat studio as well as a conference room, café bar and extensive foyer and office areas.
The Byre has been part of the University of St Andrews since 2014 delivering a diverse and balanced programme of events that reach a broad range of audience segments achieving income targets; maximising opportunities to play a leading role in public engagement and research impact activity for the University through the creation and presentation of high-quality arts activity; developing a growing and sustainable business/financial model; engaging diverse audiences from a range of backgrounds; and exploring opportunities within activity for learning, training and professional development.