Seating up to 1,300 people across three levels, the timeless glamour of the auditorium’s Edwardian architecture provides the ideal backdrop for conferences, seminars, product launches and daytime events, 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 lighting 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 the Shaftesbury Theatre, you can learn more about some of the shoots we’ve hosted in the past on our Filming page.
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.
Flat Proscenium stage
Painted finish on MDF
For all hires the floor is covered with black ballet lino
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
Stage left width – 5.79m
Stage left depth – 4.5m
Stage right width – 5.48m
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.
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
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.
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.
Upstage left: 2 x 16A single phase power source, 2 x 63A three phase power source, 4 x 32A three phase power source, 1 x 125A three phase power source.
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.