About

Theatre

The theatre is occasionally available for use by private hirers for public performances and private events.

Hirers of The Place’s facilities benefit from:

  • comfortable and modern auditorium that can accommodate up to 288 people in ‘end on’ configuration, raked to a stage 15 metres wide and 12 metres deep, wall to wall.
  • flexible theatre space with retractable seats for different configurations*
  • fully licensed bar and event areas
  • technical and front of house support from our highly experienced in-house team
  • services from basic AV equipment to complex fit-ups, sound and lighting design and operation*
  • use of two backstage dressing rooms
  • experienced Film Directors to hire to capture your performance*
  • Wi-Fi internet access throughout the building
  • fully staffed box office
  • passenger lift to all floors
  • a fully accessible building, including accessible toilets and showers

*Extra charges may apply


Hire enquiries

  • Hire enquiries should be made by email to theatre@theplace.org.uk and should contain the following:

    • An outline of the project or production including length of performance, number of performances

    • Any known technical requirements
    • Any special licensing considerations e.g. pyrotechnics, smoke machine etc.
    • Company background
    • Number of performers

If your project involves under 18s you will need to have the requisite chaperones with DBS clearance to work with young people and child-performance licences from the local council.


Hire Rates - estimates

  • Get In Day: £1500+VAT for 8 hours access to the theatre and technical support – no public performance.
  • Performance Day: £2000+VAT for 12 hours access to the theatre, technical support and one performance.
  • Public performances are required to use The Place’s box office, for which a 6.5%+VAT charge is levied on the value of gross sales.
  • Weekly hires are possible dependent on availability. Weekly hires, where agreed, will include 40 hours of technical assistance incorporating statutory breaks.
  • As The Place is itself a charity – we do not offer discounts to other charities or non-profit organisations.
  • Access to the theatre is strictly between the hours stated in the contract. There is no provision for extra rehearsals or setting up outside the parameters of these times.
  • Note that The Place theatre does not have a fixed lighting rig – hirers are required to accommodate technical setup time (including rigging and focusing lights) into their schedule.
  • There are additional charges for:
    • Front of house staff for additional performances beyond one per ‘Performance Day’ outlined above.
    • Filming performances
    • Additional technical crew calls
    • Technical overtime (and taxi costs for late finishes)
    • Event costs (setup and catering)
    • Use of studios for rehearsals

What is not included

Marketing: The Place will accept flyers for your production or event for display within the building. We will not distribute your publicity material or send press releases or listings to the press.

Entry into The Place brochure and website: The Place brochure is planned 8 to 12 months in advance and due to the volume of both our own programme and theatre hires it is not possible to list hirers’ events in either the brochure or on our website. However, the event will be listed on our website for sales purposes.

Extra equipment, gobos, and lighting gels. Should you require a piece of equipment, gobo or gel colour not included in the technical specification you will need to order and pay for these yourselves.

Piano tuning: If you wish to use our piano and require it to be tuned there is a charge of £60 +VAT.

Lighting and Sound Design: Whilst our technical team are happy to advise we cannot be responsible for the design of either sound or lighting for your production. It is expected that a lighting plan and plot is provided by the hirer.

Further Information

Insurance: The Place carries insurance against any incident for which we are liable. We strongly advise that a hirer carries their own insurance to cover any incident or damage both to The Place or any third parties staff or property.

Copyrights and Licences: Any visiting companies must take responsibility for (and indemnify The Theatre against) all necessary licenses or permissions, and pay all copyright royalties, and all Authors’ and Composers’ fees or other fees in respect thereof.

Smoking and alcohol: Smoking and the consumption of alcohol is not allowed in the dressing rooms and anywhere in the back stage area. We do not allow the sale of alcohol, food or drink by a hirer.

Food: As The Place has a franchised café, companies are not allowed to bring and consume their own food and drink (although permitted in the dressing rooms). This must be purchased from the café to be consumed on the premises

Front of House: All ushering and ticket collection for fire count remains within the control of the venue.

Space availability does not guarantee that your performance will be presented. The Place retains the right to refuse any hire.

Please note that as soon as any booking is confirmed, cancellation fees will apply.