Venue Hire

The Blakehay Theatre can be hired and used for a variety of events, performance, meetings, conferences, classes, film showings, and so much more.

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The theatre is regularly used and gets booked up in advance. We would suggest that you allow 6-12 months from the date of your hire enquiry, however we may be able to accommodate bookings in a shorter time-frame.

As everyone’s requirements for hire are different, we have custom charges to meet your requirements. Therefore, to enquire about availability of dates and charges for hiring the theatre, please complete our quick online form below.

Please note that there are a few things to think about when making your enquiry;
• The start time will be when you enter the building and the end time will be when you will have vacated the building by
• There is a maximum hire per day of 12 hours (within a 12-hour window e.g. 10am – 10pm), for Health & Safety purposes.
• All of our charges are per hour and so part of an hour would be charged at the full hour cost.
• We would suggest a minimum of a 6 hour hire period for a single performance with a 7-12 hour hire period for two performances on a day (i.e. Matinee and evening) dependant on your show.

Once you press send this will automatically be sent to us. From here we will be able to add you to our system and produce a no-obligation quotation for you. (Due to a high rate of enquiries, we will do our best to get this to you within 7 working days of receiving this.)

Once you are on our system, we will email you with a provisional costing (based on the information that you send us) together with our Agreement Form for you to complete.

If we are unable to accommodate the date in which you require, we will be in contact with alternative dates available via email.

Provisional bookings will be held for a period of 14 days from the date the Agreement Form is sent. If after 14 days we have not received communication from you, the requested dates will be released to other enquiries.

It is strongly advised to contact the theatre to book a visit before confirming a booking. Please do contact us at


You have 14 days from receiving your Agreement Form to complete and return this to the theatre to be able to confirm your booking, unless we have spoken to you.

Our agreement form is a PDF form and we ask that you complete this form in full and email this by return.

Confirmation of bookings cannot be completed without a completed Agreement Form, Payment of the Non-refundable deposit, and a copy of your Public Liability Insurance.

Please note that publicity cannot be displayed and tickets cannot go on sale until we have received your imagery for the event including copy (please see our hire document for what is required).

Once we have received this, we will send you confirmation of your booking, and the date is set for your booking.

Any changes to the agreement form must be approved in writing 14 days before the start date.

It is strongly advised to contact the theatre to book a visit before confirming a booking. Please do contact the theatre on 01934 645493 or email

Main House Stage LitMain House

The Main House is a beautiful intimate theatre that was converted from the old Wadham Street Baptist Church. A beautiful intimate performance space that can be hired from only £120.00 per hour (+vat) for performances.

It is a 207 fixed seat style with the stage at ground level.

The round cyc is white with black curtains with a second black curtain, and red stage tabs. The stage floor is black

There is access backstage through the stage door and small loading doors straight onto the stage from the outside lane at the side of the building. The seating is raked and each seat has a great view of the stage. The main house seating is accessed from the front of house via the foyer staircase or through our ground level access.

Hire of the main house for a performance also includes use of our four backstage dressing rooms, small green room, backstage toilets, two Juliette balconies and access to our technical box. Performance hire also includes a box office and marketing service, front of house staff and theatre bar open before the performance and for an interval. Technical staff available at an extra charge.

For more information please download our Hire Document or do contact us to arrange a visit.

20220830 112310Studio Theatre

Our first floor Studio Theatre can be hired as a small performance venue or cinema.

The studio can seat up to a maximum of 100 people in different combinations of seating styles (dependant on configuration) and has a small raised stage with entrances on stage right. The Studio Theatre has technical equipment installed (please see our Hire Document for more information).

Please note that this is on the first floor and there is no disabled access to the Studio Theatre.

Hire of the studio theatre for a performance also includes access to, small green room, backstage toilets, access to technical equipment. Performance hire also includes a box office & marketing service, front of house staff and theatre bar open before the performance and for an interval. Technical staff available at an extra charge.

If you are looking to hire for a film screening, this venue is licenced to show Film Bank performances, please do speak to us at the time of booking.

Studios 1 and 2, not separatedStudio

Our studio can be hired as a large space or can also be divided into our Studio 1 & Studio 2 spaces.

The studio spaces are available to hire for classes, meetings, rehearsals or as extra dressing rooms and have direct access to the front of house and backstage.

Fully ventilated and with a beautiful multi-purpose floor and light and airy windows. Our studios also have dimmable lighting and moveable full length mirrors available to use and a small portable sound system (ideal for classes).

Studio 1 is the largest of the two areas available and this has beautiful views over Grove Park. It is ideally situated as a studio for classes or as a rehearsal space. The room can also be set up for meetings, talks or for training sessions, and has a maximum capacity of 60 people.

Studio 2 is a smaller, more intimate space, but has access to the Studio Theatre stage making this studio feel larger. Studio 2 is ideal as a meeting space or as a training place for a small amount of people and has a capacity of 40 people.

Studio Classes

We have public classes held in the Studio and due to their popularity, have opened up some times for more classes. Including Duty management, use of the space for a full hour, with a 15 minute turnaround time between classes included and access to front of house toilets and a free refillable water machine and all for only £16.50 per hour (+vat). Do contact us for more information.

PXL 20230926 094549967Theatre Bar

Situated on the ground floor of our foyer and fully accessible to all patrons, the Theatre Bar is the perfect place to unwind with a drink before a show and offers a welcoming and comfortable meeting place.

It can accommodate a maximum of 50 people (dependant on layout) and can be used for meetings, parties, training, talks and has the added benefit of access to a small private courtyard.

It is an intimate space that offers a relaxed small performing space or an intimate evening. The bar operates as a bottle bar with a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks available at a competitive price with many of our drinks offered being from locally sourced producers.

(Our fully licenced bar is open for all public performances, therefore it is not possible to hire separately during a performance.)

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Blakehay Theatre
Wadham Street
BS23 1JZ

Blakehay Theatre 01934 645493 Online
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