Theatre hire

Our theatre is the largest independent theatre in the West End and has been home for more than a century to an eclectic range of award-winning shows. Speak to one of our team about hosting an event within the Edwardian splendour of the theatre space.

 

Seating up to 1,300 people across three levels, the auditorium’s timeless glamour provides the ideal backdrop for conferences, seminars and product launches, daytime events and productions, when the resident production is not showing. Each level has its own bar and toilets, and every seat enjoys an uninterrupted view of the stage.

All events benefit from state-of-the-art sound and light equipment, use of the stage to a depth of six metres, and some of the finest technical talent in the West End. We take a collaborative approach to ensuring that your performance is presented to the highest standards. Television, film, photographic and radio productions are also easily accommodated at Shaftesbury Theatre.

Key features

  • Professional lighting system
  • PA system
  • Wheelchair accessible spaces in the auditorium
  • Audio described/captioned/BSL events available

One-off performances

The theatre is also available for one-off concerts, comedy, drama, dance or musicals on days when the resident production is not playing. Longer periods are available during dark periods between the resident productions.

Technical capabilities

 

Stage floor

Flat Proscenium stage
Painted finish on MDF
For all hires the floor is covered with black ballet lino
Eight removable modular sections centre stage 1.5m x 1.3m
Acting area is 6mm hardboard on 25mm or 1″ plywood

Proscenium opening – 9.75m

Height of proscenium – 8.96m

Height to underside of iron – 6.71m

Depth of stage (full stage) – 9.6m
Special events hire – 6.5m

Flying height – 15.7m

Grid construction – Steel frame

 

Location of dock door
Position – USL
Height above stage – 3.01m

 

Size of dock door
Width – 2.37m
Height – 3.65m

 

Wing space
Stage left width – 5.79m
Stage left depth – 4.5m
Stage right width – 5.48
Stage right depth – 3.1m

 

Height under fly floors
SL – 7.4m
SR – 7.44m

Length of flying bars – 12m

Orchestra Pit not available for special event hires.

 

Additional items
1 lectern
Treads from stage to auditorium floor – subject to current production’s use of the orchestra pit.
Genie AMP 25S, ladders
3 Sets of legs of various sizes
3 borders of various sizes
1 Full Black

 

Number of dimmers
276

 

Lanterns
All lighting equipment is supplied by the main production producer. Use of equipment is subject to a charge and supervision – rigged moving lights are not available.

 

Follow spot position
Rear of Grand Circle – Use of equipment is subject to a charge and supervision.

 

Sound position
Rear of Stalls – Use of equipment is subject to a charge and supervision – radio mics are not available. An alternative position for a separate stand-alone desk is either in front of the current production desk or box B.

 

Additional power
Upstage left: 2 x 16A single phase s/o, 2 x 63A three phase s/o, 4 x 32A three phase s/o, 1 x 125A three phase s/o.

 

Communication system
Comms systems are supplied by the main production producer. Use of equipment is subject to charge and supervision. There are tie lines from stage to LX box and spot positions.

 

To enquire about hiring the Theatre for concerts, email gbooker@shaftesburytheatre.com.

To enquire about hiring the Theatre for events and filming, email cheffernan@shaftesburytheatre.com.