The Main Theatre

With seating capacity for 750 people, the Sheldonian Theatre is an exquisite Grade I venue situated in the heart of Oxford

Inspire minds and tastebuds

The Theatre provides a spectacular venue space for dinners from 30 - 100 guests.

Impress your guests

Enjoy a drinks reception in the attic area and learn about the fascinating history of the Theatre

Exclusive views...

As part of your drinks or dinner reception, guests can enjoy fabulous panoramic views of Oxford from our Cupola

The Main Theatre

A stunning space for talks, lectures, drinks receptions and concerts

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Sir Christopher Wren designed the Main Theatre to impress and with its gilded thrones, proctors boxes and original painted canvas ceiling it certainly does that.

This stunning venue can be hired for a variety of functions. For smaller talks and drinks receptions with the unique shape of the building provides a welcoming and intimate feel; the great acoustics and large seating capacity make it an ideal setting for concerts. The space is also perfect for large lectures and opening/closing sessions for conferences.

Event types and capacities

  • Served Dinner

    20 - 80

  • Reception

    50 - 200

  • Theatre

    100 - 748

  • Concert

    150 - 726

"“We love holding events at the Sheldonian Theatre. It is a fantastic venue and your invaluable support and help is much appreciated”"

The Oxford Literary Festival