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Your Visit

Lakeside Theatre is located on the ground floor of the iconic Albert Sloman Library.


HOW TO BOOK (No booking fees apply)
01206 873261 (Please leave a message if we are unavailable and we’ll get back to you)
In Person at Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex, Square 5
Box Office Café opening hours Mon – Fri, 8am– 5pm (University term time only)



Tickets can be bought by cash and most credit and debit cards.



We are unable to offer refunds for any ticket types. Usually we can offer ticket exchanges or account credit when requested at least 72 hours before the start time of a show. Any printed tickets must be returned to the box office before credit can be given.



UoE Staff, UoE Alumni, ages 60+, under 18s, NUS cardholders, JSA, Income Support, Housing Benefit, Registered Disabled, Wheelchair Users. (Valid ID/ Documentation will be requested)

UoE Students
We offer fully discounted tickets to University of Essex students and students taking UoE accredited courses at other institutions.

Group Discounts
Got a gang together? 10 or more and we can do you a nice little deal, please email or call 01206 873261



By Car

Free parking after 4.30pm on weekdays, and free all weekend and Bank Holidays.
If you are driving to Lakeside Theatre from London and the South via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). It is recommended to follow roadside directional sign posts to the University of Essex (Wivenhoe) as there are a few entrances to the University.

Directions and more information about getting to our campus can be found here. We recommend parking in the Valley/Visitor car park, which you can see here.

By Train
Trains run between London Liverpool Street and Colchester station approximately every 10 to 20 minutes. Local bus and taxi services connect Colchester station to the University.

By Bus
From Colchester North Station (Forecourt): 61, 62, 74/74B, 76, 78. From Colchester Town Centre (High Street stops V and Z): 61, 62, 74/74B, 76, 78, 78X.



Disabled customers who require a carer are entitled to one complimentary ticket with their ticket purchase.

Wheelchair Users
Customers who require a wheelchair space are requested to let the Box Office know as far in advance of a production as possible. We are fully accessible from the main entrance. We have an accessibility lift to all floors and we can accommodate up to 4 wheelchair users in the main auditorium and 2 in the studio. There is limited disabled parking at the stage door for Blue Badge holders, please let us know in advance if you require it by calling 01206 873288 or emailing The Valley Road car park opposite Lakeside Theatre has disabled parking bays for Blue Badge Holders. There is a distance of 50 metres on a slight hill between the car park and the theatre entrance. The Access Route can be found here.

Visually and Hearing Impaired
We welcome Assistance Dogs at all performances, please inform us when booking. An infrared enhancement system is available in the main auditorium at all performances. Our system is suitable for use with a hearing aid with a T setting. Please let us know of any requirements you or anyone in your party may have. We will do all we can to make your visit as enjoyable as possible. For more information about access at Lakeside Theatre please email or call our office on 01206 873261.


Babes in Arms
All children under 18 months can watch family and children’s shows for free. Please check in advance before bringing a baby, as some events might not be suitable.

School Groups
School trip? No problem we can offer all sorts of concessions and extras, please email with your enquiry or call 01206 873261.

Group Discounts
Got a gang together? 10 or more and we can do you a nice little deal, please email or call 01206 873261.

Food and Drink
The theatre café is open 30 minutes before the performance, during intervals and after the show. Tea, coffee and a wide range of soft and alcoholic drinks are available. Food is only served Mon – Fri 9am-4pm in the Lakeside Theatre Café but there are a number of restaurants open on site on show nights.



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