Venue hire

Our main space is our auditorium, which seats 187 with two wheelchair spaces.

We also have our studio, which has no fixed seating and can be used as a rehearsal space, for smaller performances, or is suitable for events that require an empty space with flexible seating options.

Main auditorium

The main stage at the Little Theatre with the curtains closed

The auditorium is our main performance space, and features 187 fixed seats plus two wheelchair spaces, all directly facing the proscenium arch.

Auditorium access is step-free from street level. The stage is accessed via a small number of steps from the auditorium or backstage.

  • Stage dimensions
    • Width (proscenium arch) 7.3m / 24 feet
    • Depth (cyclorama to curtain line) 5.6m / 18.5 feet
    • Maximum scenery height 3.6m / 12 feet
  • Lighting
    • Chroma-Q Vista 3 desk
      • Hirers wishing to use their own lighting desk or computer will need to ensure their equipment is capable of outputting two universes of E1.31 (Streaming ACN) over an Ethernet connection
    • 18 3000K tungsten equivalent LED fresnel lanterns
    • 10 tuneable white LED fresnel lanterns
    • 5 LED cyclorama floodlights
    • Various incandescent lanterns including fresnel and profile fixtures
    • Moving head fixtures in permanently installed positions including a mixture of wash and profile style lights
  • Sound
    • 36 tie lines between stage and the control room
    • Analogue sound desk
    • Playback for CD, minidisc and cassette plus provision for using laptops, tablets etc provided by hirers
    • The size the of the auditorium generally means that spoken voice amplification is not necessary – if microphones are required, these must be provided by the hirer

The studio

Designed for rehearsals, the studio has the same working dimensions as our main stage. There is no fixed seating but chairs are provided which the hirer can move as needed. As well as rehearsals it’s a good choice for smaller less formal performances and has been used by community groups for meetings, and events such as yoga and pilates classes.

Access is via two flights of stairs. A stairlift is available.

  • Dimensions
    • Width 7.3m / 24 feet
    • Depth 5.6m / 18.5 feet
  • Lighting
    • The studio has a modest lighting rig of LED pars supplemented with two tungsten fresnel lanterns
  • Sound
    • Provision for playback from hirer’s own equipment, including via Bluetooth
    • Audio tie-lines and speaker lines are available for hirers who wish to use their own equipment

Other facilities

The theatre has a licensed bar selling a variety of soft, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks which can be opened for hires on request. We can also arrange interval ice cream sales in the foyer.

Please note that theatre users are responsible for their own ticket sales – the Little Theatre do not operate our own box office. Hire is on a dry hire basis, you will need to provide your own staff including technicians and stewards for the auditorium.

Contact us about theatre hire

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