Culture & The Arts
By day the city is a lively and attractive centre for shopping, culture and commerce. By night it's a haven for 1 million leisure visitors a year with numerous clubs, pubs, theatres and concert venues.
The Grand Theatre is Wolverhampton's largest theatre and hosts a varied programme staging productions by visiting companies including many from the West End. The theatre seats 1200 people and was opened in 1894.
See permanent displays dedicated to key periods in history alongside regularly changing exhibitions that embrace painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, multi-media, and more. From grand paintings by 18th century greats, to thought provoking contemporary pieces, there’s always something new to discover.
Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Expect to see the biggest names in pop and rock, TV's top comedians, plus established and emerging stars from all genres of music and comedy. Throw in world-renown circuses, the biggest names in world darts and championship boxing plus the UK's most popular psychic mediums ? it's all happening here!
The Slade Rooms
The Slade Rooms is Wolverhampton's busiest live new music and comedy venue with adjoining bar which regularly hosts club nights. The venue has a full programme of exciting new music, established artists and a burgeoning calendar of contemporary stand-up comedy.
The Wulfrun Hall has a seating capacity of 700 with walls covered with acoustic boards, and red ceiling beams and door panels.
Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton
The Arena Theatre is within the University of Wolverhampton. Thanks to a £2 million Lottery grant and partnership funding from the University of Wolverhampton, our visitors can now enjoy a superbly compact, reasonably priced, state-of-the-art complex. Bright and bold in design, it embraces excellent front of house facilities and two exceptionally relaxing theatres with flexible performing spaces.
The Arena Theatre seats 150 and is brilliantly deceptive – seductively drawing its audiences into a more intimate understanding of the play, surprisingly spacious for dance or ballet, funky and unpretentious for hot music.
Quality programming has always been of paramount importance to the Arena administration and outstanding professional companies, celebrating drama, dance and music, will continue to dominate throughout any given season. The Arena also showcases work by local schools, colleges, students, amateur companies and community events.
Cinema is catered for by the 2-screen independent cinema Light House Media Centre, housed in the Chubb Buildings, the former Chubb lock factory, for over 20 years. Light House hosts photography exhibitions, media events and 2 international film and animation festivals, and houses Lock Works cafe bar. The centre also offers a range of media training courses, film production facilities and business support services for the creative industries in the city. See more here