The Sheldonian Theatre

The Sheldonian Theatre

Main Hall, Sheldonian Theatre

Main Hall, Sheldonian Theatre

Main Hall, Sheldonian Theatre

Main Hall, Sheldonian Theatre

Main Hall, Sheldonian Theatre

Main Hall, Sheldonian Theatre

Ceiling fresco, Sheldonian Theatre

Ceiling fresco, Sheldonian Theatre

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Main Hall, Sheldonian Theatre

Main Hall, Sheldonian Theatre

Main Hall, Sheldonian Theatre

Main Hall, Sheldonian Theatre

Attic, Sheldonian Theatre. Photo credit: Plastic Goldfish

Attic, Sheldonian Theatre. Photo credit: Plastic Goldfish

Sheldonian Theatre

The Grade I listed Sheldonian Theatre is one of Oxford’s most recognisable landmarks with its stunning eight-sided cupola boasting a 360° panoramic view of the city and the fascinating Emperor Heads which sit atop the surrounding exterior wall.  Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and opened in 1669 the building’s primary function is as the University of Oxford’s ceremonial hall but is also available as a venue for a range of dinners, receptions, talks and music events. 

We are also delighted to partner with the Bodleian Library to offer the Sheldonian Theatre as a drinks reception venue for weddings.

The main theatre has an audience capacity of up to 750 depending on the event type, and can accommodate up to 250 for a reception.  The Cecil Jackson Room located underneath is an ideal meeting or breakout space seating up to 60.  Above the theatre is the atmospheric attic and cupola which is a truly unique space. 

In addition to being available to hire for events, the Sheldonian Theatre also offer guided tours which are a great activity to incorporate into any event you are running in Oxford.

The Sheldonian Theatre is part of the Oxford University Event Venues portfolio which also includes the Examination Schools, St Luke’s Chapel and Osler House.

Venue Contact
Oxford University Event Venues
01865 276 905
venueenquiries@admin.ox.ac.uk
www.venues.ox.ac.uk

3 meeting spaces with capacity for up to
750 guests for

  • dining
  • buffet
  • theatre
  • boardroom
  • cabaret

functions.

Summary

Dining Buffet Theatre Classroom Boardroom Cabaret Other
Main Theatre
80 See image
Main Hall, Sheldonian Theatre
Dining for up to 80 guests
200
750 See image
Main Hall, Sheldonian Theatre
Theatre space for up to 750 guests
-
30
80
-
Cecil Jackson Room
-
80
80 See image
Cecil Jackson Room, Sheldonian Theatre
Theatre space for up to 80 guests
-
20
40
-
Attic & Cupola
-
80
- - - - -

Room by room

  • Main Theatre

    Available during Term-time & vacation

    Description: A light spacious yet intimate space with the original canvas ceiling providing wonderful natural acoustics. Seating available on chairs and cushioned benches.

    Facilities: Staging, lectern and a basic PA system provided, external AV and PA quotes available on request.

    Accessibility: Full access to the main hall.

    Dining Buffet Theatre Classroom Boardroom Cabaret Other
    80 See image
    Main Hall, Sheldonian Theatre
    Dining for up to 80 guests
    200
    750 See image
    Main Hall, Sheldonian Theatre
    Theatre space for up to 750 guests
    -
    30
    80
    -
  • Cecil Jackson Room

    Available during Term-time & vacation

    Description: A fantastic space for small meetings, lectures, training area or drinks receptions.

    Facilities: Projector and screen available, AV quotes on request.

    Accessibility: No wheelchair access to the room, access to the basement via 15 steps.

    Dining Buffet Theatre Classroom Boardroom Cabaret Other
    -
    80
    80 See image
    Cecil Jackson Room, Sheldonian Theatre
    Theatre space for up to 80 guests
    -
    20
    40
    -
  • Attic & Cupola

    Available during Term-time & vacation

    Description: Above the theatre is the atmospheric attic and cupola.

    Facilities:

    Accessibility: No wheelchair access

    Dining Buffet Theatre Classroom Boardroom Cabaret Other
    -
    80
    - - - - -
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