North Wall Arts Centre

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North Wall Arts Centre
Address South Parade
Coordinates 51°46′41″N 1°16′08″W / 51.778°N 1.269°W / 51.778; -1.269
Owner St Edward's School
Type Performing arts centre
Capacity 200 (Theatre)
80 (Studio)
Opened 2007

The North Wall Arts Centre (often just referred to as the North Wall) is a performing arts centre in Oxford, owned by St Edward's School and shared with the city. It houses a 200-seat theatre, plus a rehearsal space, dance studio and a visual art gallery.[1] The arts centre hosts touring theatre companies, musicians and other public events, as well as events by the school, with the aim to provide facilities and arts events both for St Edward's students and for the public at large.[2]

Lucy Maycock has been the Artistic Director of the North Wall since September 2010. Prior to this, it was run by Nick Quartley.


The North Wall Arts Centre was built on the site of a Victorian swimming pool, which was the oldest swimming pool in the country, situated on the grounds of St Edward’s School. The name derives from an ancient stone boundary wall that runs the entire length of the public street elevation. Designed by Haworth Tompkins architects,[3] the project cost more than £3.5 million[4] and won several major architectural awards, including a RIBA in 2008.[5] It also received a Certificate from the Oxford Preservation Trust in recognition of its "significant contribution to the conservation and improvement of Oxford’s built environment."[6] Completed in 2006, The North Wall was officially opened to the public in 2007 with a three-week arts festival.[2]


In addition to hosting School events, The North Wall Arts Centre runs a regular programme of public arts events, as well as a Summer Festival in July and a residential drama school in August. It attracted various theatre companies including Birmingham Repertory Theatre, ATC Theatre, Out of Joint, Bush Theatre and Theatre Alibi. It has welcomed some musical acts, as French-Irish chanteuse Camille O'Sullivan, John Tavener, The Unthanks and Spiers and Boden. Comedians who have appeared at The North Wall include Eddie Izzard, Sarah Millican, John Bishop, and Rhod Gilbert.[7] The theatre also hosts jazz evenings, ballets, children’s shows, contemporary and classical concerts, cabaret, opera, and new exhibitions in the modern gallery every three weeks.[8]

Plays performed[edit]






2012 [9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "North Wall Arts Centre". Royal Institute of British Architects. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "The North Wall". castingcallpro. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "North Wall Performing Art Centre". e-architect. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "St Edwards's School Theatre". charcoalblue. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Riba National Awards". Royal Institute of British Architects. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "North Wall History". The North Wall. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "About The North Wall". The North Wall. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "The North Wall program". summertown. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "The North Wall Archive listings". uktw. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 

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Coordinates: 51°46′40″N 1°16′07″W / 51.777735°N 1.268696°W / 51.777735; -1.268696