A unique Roman outdoor theatre in St Albans will finally get the thing it’s been crying out for over the past two millennia: a bar.
The Roman Theatre of Verulamium in St Albans, Britain’s only Roman theatre with a stage, will also get a permanent stage and a dressing room thanks to £104,000 in funding from Big Issue Invest, the investment arm of the Big Issue.
Back in 140AD it played host to religious festivals, gladiatoral showdowns and animal shows. Now, it’s much more sedate.
Theatre company OVO, which has received the investment, hosts the Roman Theatre Festival which has staged productions there since 2014.
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The festival will be boosted by a long-term lease, meaning its future its secured. This year’s edition saw OVO performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Importance of Being Earnest and Little Women.