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History

Right in the heart of the city, Gloucester Guildhall is a vibrant venue home to an impressive programme of music, comedy, film, and theatre. As well as our 400 capacity main hall we have a beautiful 100 seat cinema room, art gallery, exhibition spaces and cafe all housed in our beautiful Grade II listed building.  

Proudly curated with our audience in mind we host over 300 events per year from internationally renowned artists, touring theatre shows and comedians as well as the latest blockbusters films and live theatre screenings, you will find something for everyone in our exciting programme of events.

Originally built in 1890 and opened in 1892, the site formally occupied by Sir Thomas Rich’s School, was for many years the base for the town clerk, accountant, surveyor, and other officials and also housed council chambers, committee rooms, the mayor’s parlour and a public hall. Each year the building was the venue of the Mayors Ball.

Between 1985 and 1988 a large refurbishment was put in place which converted the building into an Arts Centre. During this time, changes were made to make it more suitable for pursuing its career in the arts industry. The council chamber was the longest refurbishment and took an extra 6 months before becoming the beloved cinema, its stunning stage being made out of the wood which once stood as some of the doors within the building.

Now home to an exciting programme of live events,  workshops & classes Gloucester Guildhall is the cultural hub of the city and remains at the forefront of the arts offering to residents of the area.