Nuffield Southampton Theatre (NST) runs two venues: NST City located at the heart of Southampton's city centre and NST Campus located at the University of Southampton in Highfield.
Nuffield Southampton Theatres opened a second venue, NST CITY, in Guildhall Square in Southampton’s city centre in February 2018.
This state-of-the-art performing arts building, situated in the heart of the city’s cultural quarter, comprises of a flexible 450 seat main house, a 135 seat studio theatre, a sprung-floor rehearsal space, workshop, rehearsal rooms, and a bar and restaurant.
Get in touch if you would like to hire some of the most exciting cultural spaces in the city centre.
NST Campus is the perfect venue for functions, parties, meetings, and conferences. Our spaces include:
This space can seat up to 500 depending on the seating and stage configuration and is ideal for larger scale conferences. The Main House can also be hired for use as a performance space, just give us a call and we can talk you though everything you’ll need to know.
The perfect venue for meetings, small scale conferences and functions, and extra break out space. Seating up to 30 in theatre style, 20 board room style, and 60 for a standing reception, this room is flexible and intimate.
Our Café is a great space for receptions, talks, meals, and parties and has a fully licensed bar to boot. Whether it’s lunch for a conference of 150 or a baby shower, this space is flexible, light and airy. The Café is also equipped with lighting and sound equipment as well as black performance curtains so if it’s an intimate performance space you’re after then we have everything you need. In theatre style the space can seat up to 60, for a standing reception we can hold up to 150, and for a seated meal we can accommodate up to 50.
Each hire will be given a personalised quotation based on the services required. We are able to provide a range of food and drink items where required, as well as a range of technical and presentation equipment including the hire of a digital projector. For all food and drink options please visit the HOSPITALITY tab.
Nuffield Southampton Theatres City (NST City) is our newest theatre, located in Southampton city centre with easy access to Southampton Central Station.
With seating for 449 on two levels and a stage measuring 10m wide by 9m deep, the main theatre is our biggest space. The main theatre is a black box space which houses productions for most of the year, it may be possible to hold day time events over the top of productions.
Full technical specifications can be found here.
Hire costs start from £700
The most versatile of our spaces, the Studio is a black box theatre which is suitable for conferences, performances, film nights, workshops and much more. With bleacher seating that can be pulled out to seat 133 or pushed in for a capacity of approximately 170 standing. Additional seating can be provided and laid out in any configuration on request.
The Studio Theatre is able to provide a greater level of technical elements including lighting and sound and projection onto a roll down screen. This must be discussed in further detail with the technical manager as a longer set-up time and additional staffing may be needed.
Hire costs from £175
Light and bright during the day and delightfully atmospheric at night - with pendant lighting and Chesterfield sofas. Our City bar on the first floor has a capacity for up to 200 people. It is laid out with tables, chairs and sofas - which can be moved around the space on request. A PA system can be set up if required.
The bar stocks wines, beers, soft drinks and spirits and can be open for use by prior arrangement. This space is ideal for Jazz nights, parties and receptions.
Our modern and spacious rehearsal room boasts a mirrored wall, ballet barre and dance flooring - ideal for anything from recitals and workshops to fayres and of course, rehearsals. For a workshop or class event, capacity is a comfortable 25 but up to 50 is possible. For recitals or showings, seating can be laid out with a capacity of up to 60. There is a PA system in the space that can be used.
The rehearsal room is 11metres by 10metres and is situated on the second floor and has ample foyer space for audiences or drinks receptions. A pop up bar is available by arrangement in the foyer area.
Hire costs from £125 (minimum hire 4 hours)
Ideal for board meetings, the Barova room is light and airy with capacity for 16 comfortably around the table and up to 30 if necessary. The Barova room has four power sockets, a projector and bi-fold doors into the bar- this also makes the space suitable as an extension to the bar if needed.
Hire costs start from £25
A smaller room suitable for meetings, lectures and workshops, with a wall mounted white board. Tables and seating can be set out as required. Capacity is approximately 25 seated.
Hire costs from £25
Smaller meeting space, capacity of approximately 15 seated.
Hire costs from £25
Under the guidance of our resident chef to the stars, we specialise in fresh, locally sourced food and have a range of menus available from canapés, afternoon tea, light buffets to hot lunches or three to five course fine dining. If you're looking for something bespoke, our in-house catering team can work with you to create the perfect menu for your event.
Join us for a quick bite at lunch, pre-show dinner or pop in any time for coffee and delicious cakes. Enjoy good food and conversation in our bustling, creative theatre atmosphere with views across Southampton’s historic Guildhall Square.
Our café is a great space for receptions, talks, meals and parties and has a fully licenced bar. This beautifully light and airy spcae is eqqupped with blackout curtains, light and sound equiptment so can be used as an intimte performance space. In theatre style the space can seat up to 60, a standing reception up to 150, and for a seated meal up to 50.
Our Café is open from 11.30am through until 2.30pm, so if you have a smaller room booking you may wish to simply order from our standard café menu on the day.
Alternatively, if you are looking for something specific that isn’t on our existing menus then please do give us a call to discuss your choice; our chef is always up for a challenge!
For full information relating to our spaces please view the technical specification details below.
For .dwg versions of plans please contact [email protected]
For all enquiries relating to catering, conferences, functions and events, please download and complete the Venue Hire enquiry form below and send to [email protected] Alternatively, please call 02380 984 530 and one of our team will be happy to talk through any questions you may have.
If you are looking to hire a performance space then please complete the Performance Hire enquiry form below and send to our events team by emailing [email protected]
If you are a company looking to tour a production to NST or are interested in making work with us then please get in contact with Katy Snelling, Head of Programming, on 023 8031 5500 (ext 554) or email [email protected]