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About Us

The Lakeside Theatre is the University of Essex, Colchester Campus theatre.

We offer live theatre, music gig nights, live comedy, open mic nights, live screens of some of the best theatre available and much much more. 

Scroll down to learn more about us. 



Our Spaces

The Lakeside Theatre is the hub for all things creative at the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus.

We’re home to two performance spaces: our intimate Studio and our mighty Main Stage.  We also have a pretty swish cafe.

Take a look around below – use the menu in the top left corner to choose which space you want to explore.


Venue Hire

Are you looking for the perfect venue? Our 200 seat theatre could be just what you’re looking for!

We offer high quality facilities with a friendly service at competitive prices, as well as the professional experience and skills to ensure your event runs smoothly.

If you are interested in hiring Lakeside Theatre, please send us an email with some information on what you’re looking for.


For our Technical Specifications for both the Main Stage and Studio theatres, please click here


Lakeside Theatre Auditorium