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Top 6 Theatre Hotspots You Must Visit in Exeter

Shakespeare had it right when he said ‘all the world’s a stage’; people watching is possibly one of humanity’s greatest shared past times. We are drawn to observing others, and the theatre is the canvas on which those observations come to life.

Exeter is a vibrant and creative city, and we’re lucky to have several established performance spaces within easy reach of the accommodation here at the University of Exeter:

The Bike Shed

A quirky independent theatre located in a basement under a bike shop near the town centre, The Bike Shed is renowned for a combination of excellent cocktails and fringe performances. From political commentary to comedy, fantasy to kids’ shows, The Bike Shed has it all, as well as some rather nice exposed brickwork and a magic cave kind of appeal.

The Boat Shed

You may have guessed, The Boat Shed is the younger but bigger sister of The Bike Shed, located on the vibrant Quayside. The guys at The Bike Shed have a vision to transform the derelict warehouses of the old Maritime Museum into a new creative, arts and performance space for Exeter. To start, they’ve opened up a pop-up theatre in the space, complete with performances, ‘music, art, golf, ice-cream, cocktails and barbeques’. Could this be heaven?

Exeter Phoenix

Nestled in the heart of the city, Exeter Phoenix is just off the cobbled and scenic Gandy Street. A creative hub, you will find theatre, live music, film, art exhibitions, dance classes and creative workshops, clustered around a fantastic café bar and thriving community. There’s literally something for everyone – and enough activities to fill a weekend.

The Northcott

Here on campus we’re very lucky to have Exeter’s flagship professional theatre only a stone’s throw from our accommodation. From new acts and opera through to dance and comedy, the Northcott celebrates classical performance whilst championing new styles. At its heart, the View Restaurant offers cocktails, mocktails, lunches and dinners. We’re very excited to announce Dame Judi Dench is the Patron of the Northcott’s 50th Anniversary Year.

The Barnfield

A purpose built venue originating from 1890, many different organisations have occupied the space until The Barnfield Theatre Ltd registered charity moved in and returned it to its glory as a working theatre, hosting shows, conferences, family groups and music. With a line up from The Phantom of the Opera to Dirty Dancing, you’re in for a great time out at The Barnfield.

Exeter Corn Exchange

Right in the middle of Exeter, the Corn Exchange is a multipurpose venue with a varied programme from concerts to conferences, dances to wrestling and even the 2017 Devon and Cornwall Beard and Moustache Championships! Keep an eye on its line up for a real mix of fantastic entertainment.

If you’re thinking of heading to Exeter to visit one or more of our wonderful performances spaces, why not book accommodation with us for low cost, no fuss rooms at the heart of the action, leaving you more money, and more time, for everything Exeter has to offer.

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