Space Hire - Arcola Theatre
September 2020 update: We are now hiring our spaces for socially distanced work such as filming and rehearsals (strictly no audience). Special conditions apply – we’d love to hear from you if you are interested in using one of the spaces. Get in touch 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
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: 100
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.

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
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.


What are your hire rates?

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

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 – such as catering – will be subject to VAT.

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. For more information contact the Bar Manager. However, please note that we do not host 18th Birthday parties.

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

Yes, subject to compatibility with the set of the incumbent show. We are keen to programme new-writing nights, talks and other artforms. All new-writing performances are subject to script approval from our production team.

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. Hires before 2pm on Saturday or at any time on Sunday could well incur an extra staffing charge. 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. However, we are happy for you to leave flyers on our designated flyer table.

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 through our Box Office. Please note, we’re unable to put free events on our Box Office.

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. Eventbrite).

Can you provide event photography?

We absolutely can! We work with photographers who are absolutely wonderful, efficient and affordable. Please email us for further information.

Tell me about catering. Can you provide it?

Yes, absolutely! We work with local business to provide delicious food options to accompany your event. Please email our bar manager for more information. Alternatively, you’re welcome to bring your own food for your event, but for a small corkage of £1/person. Please note there is no proper kitchen, so heating food on site will not be possible.

Do you have a late license?

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

What drink options do you have available for events?

We can provide a basic or full bar in Studio 4, as well as staff. We can also meet more bespoke requests should you wish.

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. At this stage, Studio 5 is not wheelchair accessible. We apologise for any inconvenience.

How can I get to Arcola?

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

A reminder: 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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