The Blakehay Theatre has a busy artistic programme and can get booked up a long way in advance. We do recommend early booking to avoid disappointment, particularly for use of the Main House.
We will always do our best to find a suitable date for you, so it is worth contacting us, even if it is short notice.
We are very happy to meet with you to discuss your event and show you around The Blakehay Theatre. It’s a beautiful space and we like to show it off! It also gives you the chance to check it’s the right space for you.
How to hire our spaces?
Please complete and submit our Booking Enquiry Form (found at the bottom of this page). We will then be able to give you a provisional booking with quotation based on the information you supply and send you our Agreement Form.
We do our upmost to ensure that all companies have a fantastic experience at The Blakehay Theatre and so please feel free to contact us if you have any queries on our booking process.
For more information and to book a tour time, please contact the theatre on 01934 645493 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (We will endeavour to acknowledge your submission within 7 days. If you have not heard anything from us after this date, please give us a call.)
The Main House is a beautiful intimate theatre that was converted from the old Wadham Street Baptist Church.
It is a 207 fixed seat style with the stage at ground level. The round cyc is white with black curtains and red stage tabs with a black stage floor. The Main House can be hired as a stand alone rehearsal space or as a performance venue. There is access backstage through the stage door and small loading doors straight onto the stage. The seating is raked and each 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, as well as our in-house technician. Performance hire also includes a box office service, front of house staff and theatre bar open before the performance and for an interval.
Our first floor Studio Theatre can be hired as a small performance venue or as a large rehearsal room. The studio can seat up to 100 people (dependant on configuration) and has a small raised stage.
The Studio Theatre has technical equipment installed, so please contact us for further information. The Studio Theatre is a flexible space with loose seating and so different variations of seat arrangements can be made in this room. 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, as well as our in-house technician. Performance hire also includes a box office service, front of house staff and theatre bar open before the performance and for an interval.
Studio 1 & Studio 2
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 these Studios are great and can be hired separately or opened up into one large space.
Our studios also have dimmable lighting and moveable full length mirrors available to use.
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.
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 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.