"A small space where big things happen."

Directions & Theatre Policies

Common Ground Theatre is located behind the Big Yellow House on Hillsborough Road in West Durham. Our official addresss is 4815B Hillsborough Road, but we can be found on Brenrose Circle. Give yourself some extra time to find the theater the first time you visit, and bring our number with you. We’re not hard to find, just not where you might expect us to be. We look forward to seeing you at Common Ground Theatre!

WAITLIST POLICY: Common Ground Theatre opens a waitlist for all sold out shows 1 hour before curtain time. Patrons must be in the theatre building to sign up. We will start releasing tickets to the waitlist at curtain time until all seats are filled. We encourage people to get on the waitlist as people do get in. However, we cannot guarantee.

Please locate our late seating and ticket service refund policies at the bottom of this page.

Mapquest Map to Common Ground Theatre

PARKING: We have a lot on our property, accessible from Brenrose Circle, but we also offer parking in the CWJ Heating and Cooling Lot.

From Chapel Hill:

  • Start out going NORTHEAST on W FRANKLIN ST toward NC-86/S COLUMBIA ST/NC-54 BR. 2.8 miles
  • W FRANKLIN ST becomes US-15 N/US-501 N. 0.9 miles
  • Stay straight to go onto US-15 N/US-501 N/DURHAM CHAPEL HILL BLVD. 2.4 miles
  • When 15-501 splits into 15-501 BUSINESS or 15-501 BYPASS, stay to the right and stay on 15-501 BYPASS (Proper- NOT Business)
  • Take the NC-751 exit- EXIT 107- toward DUKE UNIV WEST CAMPUS. 0.1 miles
  • Turn LEFT onto NC-751/CAMERON BLVD. Continue to follow NC-751. 3.1 miles
  • (Take care when you go around the traffic circle to stay on 751)
  • Turn RIGHT onto HILLSBOROUGH RD/US-70/HILLSBORO RD. 0.2 miles
  • Take the first RIGHT onto BRENROSE CIRCLE 0.1 miles
  • End at 4815B HILLSBOROUGH RD DURHAM NC

From The West (I- 85 N: Hillsborough, Graham, Burlington, etc.)

  • Take I-85 N.
  • Take EXIT 170 toward NC-751/DUKE UNIV. 0.2 miles
  • Stay straight to go onto US-70 E. 1.4 miles
  • Turn RIGHT onto BRENROSE CIRCLE 0.1 miles (the first right after the light at NC-751)
  • End at 4815B HILLSBOROUGH RD DURHAM NC

From Downtown Durham:

  • Take NC-147 N.
  • Take the US-15 N/US-501 N exit- EXIT 16A- toward I-85. 0.3 mile
  • (Stay in the right lane)
  • Immediately take the US-70-BR/HILLSBOROUGH RD exit- EXIT 108D. 0.1 miles
  • Turn LEFT onto HILLSBOROUGH RD/US-70 BR.
  • Continue to follow HILLSBOROUGH RD 2.4 miles
  • Turn LEFT onto BRENROSE CIRCLE- Brenrose is the second left after Sparger Road (the light at the Food Lion & Exxon) 0.1 miles
  • End at 4815B HILLSBOROUGH RD DURHAM NC

From Raleigh:

  • Take I-40 W.
  • Merge onto NC-147 N via EXIT 279B toward DURHAM/DOWNTOWN. 10.9 miles
  • Take the US-15 N/US-501 N exit- EXIT 16A- toward I-85. 0.3 miles
  • (Stay in the right lane)
  • Immediately take the US-70-BR/HILLSBOROUGH RD exit- EXIT 108D. 0.1 miles
  • Turn LEFT onto HILLSBOROUGH RD/US-70 BR
  • Continue to follow HILLSBOROUGH RD 2.4 miles
  • Turn LEFT onto BRENROSE CIRCLE- Brenrose is the second left after Sparger Road (the light at the Food Lion & Exxon) 0.1 miles
  • End at 4815B HILLSBOROUGH RD DURHAM NC

LATE SEATING POLICY: Common Ground Theatre does not allow late seating. Our small theatre is configured in a way that the audience must walk across the stage to get to the seating. Late seating is impossible without causing serious distraction. We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before your curtain time.

TICKET SERVICE REFUND POLICY: Common Ground Theatre does not offer ticket service (E-tix, Brown Paper, etc.) refunds. Should a need arise to switch your tickets to another performance, we will do so based on availability. If we cannot substitute another performance, please consider your ticket purchase a tax-deductible donation. We will send a letter to that effect should you request one.