Space Hire

Arcola is an ideal place to host events. Select a space to find out more.

The main auditorium.

Featuring a thrust stage, a balcony and a mezzanine. Incorporating original features from its former life as a paint factory.
Max capacity: 197
Perfect for: One-off performances, conferences, presentations and readings.

A studio space.

Featuring a thrust stage with a backdrop of the building's original brickwork.
Max capacity: 96
Perfect for: One-off performances, conferences, presentations and readings.

A large, light, airy rehearsal studio.

Size: 15m x 7m
Max capacity: 100
Perfect for: Rehearsals, workshops, meetings, conferences, seminars, rehearsed readings, away days, school events, photography, filming and product launches.

A light, airy rehearsal studio with its own bar.

Size: 11m x 7.3m
Max capacity: 100
Perfect for: Rehearsals, workshops, private parties, meetings, conferences, seminars, rehearsed readings, away days, school events, photography, filming and product launches.

A temporary rehearsal studio near the main building.

Size: 9.5m x 7.2m
Max capacity: 50
Perfect for: Rehearsals, workshops, rehearsed readings and evening bookings.
Please note that Studio 5 is just across the road from the main building, and is therefore not wheelchair-accessible.

Two small and comfortable meeting rooms.

With lots of light, cabled and wireless internet access and large screens for presentations.
Size: 4.6m x 2.8m
Max capacity: 12
Perfect for: Meetings, presentations, interviews, auditions, table-work rehearsals and production office hire.

A lively theatre bar.

With a charming and buzzy atmosphere, it can be used to cater for events in other studios or for other private hires.
Size: 11.2m x 7.3m
Max capacity: 200 (standing)
Perfect for: Meetings, private lunches, private parties on Sundays, seminars, away days, school events, photography, filming and product launches.

Visit Arcola Bar Page


What are your hire rates?

For a full breakdown of our rates please see the Rate Card.

Do you have charity rates?

Yes! £45 per hour for Studios 1/2/3/4 and £35 per hour for Studio 5, although the same minimum hire times apply. Please see the Rate Card for more details.

Do you take a deposit?

Nope, no deposit is taken. Full payment is due as per the terms outlined in the invoice and Space Hire Agreement. Usually the full amount is due in advance of the booking.

Do you have a minimum hire time?

Yes. The minimum hire time is 4 hours for all rooms, apart from the Meeting Room which can be booked for a minimum of 2 hours.

Do I need to sign a contract?

We do require a contract to be signed before use of our spaces. This outlines the terms and conditions of hire and is signed electronically over email. Events will not be confirmed until a contract has been signed.

Types of hire

Can I host my party at Arcola?

Yes you can! Please do. You can either hire one of our studios or have exclusive hire of the bar on Sundays. We do ask that you use our bar and bartenders, although it is possible to bring your own alcohol subject to a corkage fee. For more information contact the Bar Manager.

Can I hire the theatre for a one-off performance?

Yes, although this is only possible on Sundays, and subject to compatibility with the set of the incumbent show.

Can I hire spaces on a regular basis?

It depends on the nature of the booking. Please feel free to submit an enquiry and we’ll see what we can do.

Can I hire a space exclusively?

All hires allow exclusive use of spaces between the times stated in the contract. Outside of these times, the space may be used by other groups such as Arcola community and youth theatre companies.


Can you provide technicians and other extras?

Given ample notice, we can provide Front of House and Technical staff and some technical equipment. This is charged additionally. Please see our Rate Card for some more information.

Can Arcola help with the marketing of my event?

Afraid not. The responsibility for marketing events lies solely with the hirer. We are happy for you to leave flyers in our bar, however.

Can I sell tickets through Arcola's website?

Yes, but we require one month’s notice and a signed Ticketed Event Agreement. Once finalised, customers can buy your tickets online and over the phone.

Can I use a third-party box office for my event at Arcola?

This will not be possible if you are charging for your tickets. We don’t allow tickets for any events at Arcola Theatre to be sold by third-parties (e.g. See Tickets).

Food & Drink

What drink options do you have available for events?

There are several packages available which include corkage rates and staff costs. We can also meet more bespoke requests should you wish. For more information see our bar page or contact our bar manager.

Can you provide catering for my event?

Yes, absolutely! We work with local business to provide delicious food options to accompany your event. Please visit our Bar Page for more information.

Do you have a late license?

Yes, we can serve drinks until 2:30am.

I’m rehearsing at Arcola. Can I bring my own food and drink?

Yes, you can put any perishables in the first-floor kitchen, which has a fridge. We do ask for items to be name-labelled, and thrown away at the end of your hire.


Can I view the spaces?

Absolutely, we would be happy to show you the building. Please email us to book an appointment.

Is the building wheelchair accessible?

Every room in the main building is wheelchair accessible. At this stage, Studio 5 is not wheelchair accessible. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Make An Enquiry

Your name

Your email address

Your phone number

Event type


Please supply some information about your event - i.e. approximate numbers, provisional dates, whether you require catering.