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The Auditorium and Foyer

The 250-seat Auditorium was built in 2004 and is a state-of-the-art performance space and gallery. It is regularly used to put on plays, shows, concerts and lectures. This outstanding resource - one of the best acoustic spaces in Cambridge - is available to all Fitzwilliam members and to private bookings. Facilities include a number of practice rooms, backstage areas, a high-resolution projector, lighting rigs, and a Steinway grand piano. The Auditorium Foyer - which opens out onto our beautiful gardens - offers a modern, airy exhibition space for receptions and more intimate events.

The Space



In the control room there is a Midas M32 mixing desk with 8 wireless receivers (with handhelds and lapels for each) There are 8XLR inputs in the hall, 4 stage left and 4 stage right, which provides possible inputs for various applications. In the Hall there are 4 Electrovoice ZX1-90 speakers powered by 2 QSC 1450 power amplifiers.


In the hall across 2 trusses are 8 ADJ vizi cmy300s which have 300W LEDs with a Hybrid Moving Head and CMY colour mixing, Onboard WiFLY EXR wireless DMX, 2 GOBO wheels, 9 colour + open (including CTO 3200K & UV), 2 Prism wheels, motorized focus, zoom and iris. These are all controlled by a Zero 88 FLXS24 lighting desk. 


A Panasonic PT-MZ10K Laser projector is situated in the control room. With 10,00 lumens light output and a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, plenty for projecting onto the 4m 16:10 screen in the Hall. This projector has duel HMDI capability, so the built in PC and a laptop can be plugged in with easy switching options. 

Music Practice Rooms and Backstage

The Auditorium offers three practice rooms on the second floor (two containing upright pianos and one a harpsichord and a harmonium), a larger room suitable for small groups to rehearse on the first floor (containing an upright piano). The practice rooms are for use by all students and keys should be signed out from the Porters' Lodge. The Auditorium also contains a fine two-manual Goble harpsichord, which can be adjusted to perform at 'baroque' pitch.


The Auditorium is fully accessible. You are advised to enter the College via the Storey's Way entrance, where there is both disabled parking and step-free access to the Auditorium. There is an accessible bathroom adjacent to the Porters' Lodge on arrival.

The Auditorium Foyer is on the ground floor and step-free. To enter the Auditorium, you can either use the lift to descend to the lower ground (there is an accessible bathroom here too), and access the theatre via the two doors either side. Because, in the event of a fire, the lift cannot be used, any wheelchair users on the lower ground will be directed to a specific step-free fire exit at the front of the stage.

To access the gallery of the theatre, attendees can enter at the ground floor level. Spaces can be made available for wheelchair users and any accompanying party. 

If your event is College-organised, please contact with as much notice as possible and we will seek to meet any needs you have. If your event is commercially organised, we recommend you contact the event organiser in the first instance.