Space Hire - Arcola Theatre
August 2021 update: in line with the latest guidance, we are hiring our spaces for socially distanced work such as filming, rehearsals and live-streamed performances (strictly no public audience). We’d love to hear from you if you are interested in using one of the spaces. Email production@arcolatheatre.com for more information »

Our spaces

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 (without social distancing)

Perfect for: Filming, live-streams, R&D’s, industry sharings, photography, conferences, presentations and readings.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible via ground level and lift (excluding certain seating banks and tech operation). Disabled toilet access via lift.

A large, light, airy rehearsal studio.

Size: 15m x 7m
Max capacity: 100 (without social distancing)
Perfect for: Rehearsals, workshops, meetings, conferences, seminars, rehearsed readings, away days, school events, photography, and filming.

Accessibility: Fully wheelchair accessible via lift. Disabled toilet and kitchenette access on the same floor.

A light, airy rehearsal studio.

Size: 11m x 7.3m
Max capacity: 100 (without social distancing)
Perfect for: Rehearsals, workshops, meetings, conferences, seminars, rehearsed readings, away days, photography, and filming.

Accessibility: Fully wheelchair accessible via lift. Disabled toilet and kitchenette access on the same floor.

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: 10 (without social distancing)
Perfect for: Meetings, presentations, interviews, auditions, table-work rehearsals and production office hire.

Accessibility: Fully wheelchair accessible via lift. Disabled toilet and kitchenette access on the same floor.

FAQs

Do you have charity rates?

Yes! For hires unrelated to theatre or rehearsals, we offer a reduced charity rate. 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.

Are your prices inclusive of VAT?

VAT is not applicable to our Space Hire as the Arcola Theatre is culturally exempt from charging it. We are 20% cheaper than most venues! Woop! However, any additional charges through the bar will be subject to VAT.

Can I host my party at Arcola?

Due to the ongoing uncertainty around Covid-19, we are unable to host parties, but you are welcome to get in touch to discuss future possibilities.

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

Due to the ongoing uncertainty around Covid-19, we are unable to welcome members of the public including audiences to our indoor spaces, but you are welcome to get in touch to discuss future possibilities.

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 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 or get in touch 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. However, we are happy for you to leave flyers on our designated flyer table.

Tell me about catering. Can you provide it?

Please email our bar manager to discuss catering options.

Do you have a late license?

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

Do you allow a corkage for bringing in alcohol?

Regrettably, we are unable to allow external alcohol to be sold or brought into our building and operate no corkage fee. If you want us to stock a particular drink to make your event special, and it’s not currently on our bar menu, do let us know.

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

Yes, you can put any perishables in the communal fridge on the first-floor kitchen. Food items must 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 make an enquiry to book an appointment.

Is the building wheelchair accessible?

Every room in the main building is wheelchair accessible.

How can I get to Arcola?

Lots of ways! You can find more information about transport and parking options here.

For all space hire enquiries, please email production@arcolatheatre.com.

We do not accept full-length production proposals via this section of the website.  For more information, please visit our proposals page.


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