From cutting-edge theatre productions to inspiring contemporary dance performances, The House is host to a variety of acclaimed choreographers and multi-award winning shows open to the public, all year round.

This state-of-the-art performing arts centre is located on the University of Plymouth campus, in the city's central quarter, adjacent to the Plymouth City Museum and The Levinsky Gallery. 

Word is...

  • . "Raw energy, fury, vigour, passion. You can feel the energy of a whole community of people" Barbican Theatre (on The Aakash Odedra Company)
  • . "Veldman sure knows how to pick all the right ingredients for a dance show" Dance Tabs (on The Knot)
  • . "A gently fascinating interactive's funny, too" Time Out (on Beowulf)
  • . "One of the brightest companies in British Dance" The Times (on Anjali Dance Company)

Encounters season at The Arts Institute

This season we have shaped our programme around the theme of Encounters. At The Arts Institute we are interested in presenting the latest ideas and developments within culture, working with artists, musicians and thinkers who are often at the very cutting edge of their field, overturning pre-existing ideas through new discoveries, encounters and inventions.

With equal passion we are also interested in how the present is shaped by the past. The dialogue between past, present and the bringing to light of hidden seams of history that have directly, or indirectly shaped our landscape today, is what informs much of the development of our programme.

Conversation and collaboration, across art forms and disciplines, including the STEM subjects are key to this way of working, to ensure we present ideas to our audiences that are relevant and fresh. 

Antarctica Raft of the Medusa. Courtesy Lucy + Jorge Orta

Plymouth Conservatoire 

University of Plymouth and Theatre Royal Plymouth have joined forces to create Plymouth Conservatoire. Here, performing arts students – actors, dancers, and theatre-makers have the very best, up-to-date industry expertise, research and teaching practice as well as unrivalled access to professional opportunities.  

It is the only Conservatoire in the UK where students can benefit from the unique mix of expertise on offer, when a theatre and a university combine.

Creative edge

Enjoying training in the theatre with performing arts practitioners hand-in-hand with top quality teaching from higher education specialists in a university, Plymouth Conservatoire students get the best of both worlds.

It is this winning combination that drives innovation, the exchange of ideas and best practice and that helps students to gain that all-important creative edge.