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Theatres in London

London is full of theatre spaces for hire. With history and drama, they're perfect for productions, conferences, awards ceremonies and more.



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  • Theatres - The Yard Theatre
    Hackney WickThe Yard Theatre 110 People

    The ampitheatre has been purposefully designed to accommodate both the epic and the intimate. It can seat 98 seats in rake and 12 in galleries whilst the stage is a beautiful untreated concrete floor. It features lighting, sound and projection facilities and is ideal for all kinds of performances, shows, presentations and conferences. Hire start/finish times can vary and are based on 4 hour and 8 hour rates.

  • Theatres - Dominion Theatre
    Tottenham Court RoadDominion Theatre 2069 People

    The Dominion’s main auditorium is an exciting seater split over two levels (stalls & circle) offering an excellent view and audibility due to its wide nature. Even the furthest seats will feel close to the stage, perfect for conferences and lectures.

  • Theatres - The Insurance Hall

    An impressive room by any standards. Spacious with plenty of natural daylight and full of impressive, iconic period features of oak panelling and magnificent stained-glass windows, detailing a history of insurance companies from the past. The Great Hall is perfect for conferences, presentations, AGMs and awards ceremonies. The space is fully equipped with an automated blackout system, lobby reception area, adjustable lighting, 13ft front projection screen and features a fixed stage and minstrel gallery.

  • Theatres - Meraki London
    FitzroviaMeraki London45 People

    Disappear behind the wine shelf, revealing a secret entrance to The Living Room! Guests will descend the stairs to the hidden bar below, featuring eye-catching tropical wall treatments, a mixture of lush, velvet seating in rich jewel-tone colours and the bar's signature caves, artistically built into arched brick walls. The Living Room has it's own private bar, informal seating & table areas with surrounding mingling space. Also includes a separate sound system to play your own music and private WC facilities. Ideal for drinks & canape receptions, corporate networking and Christmas parties!

  • Theatres - Smith's of Smithfield
    ClerkenwellSmith's of Smithfield40 People

    With beautiful views across the London rooftops, you can enjoy a selection of smaller and larger plates, cocktails and wine. With an all year round terrace perfect for sunny summer afternoons or cozy winter evenings. Smiths is the ultimate destination for your event in Farringdon.

  • Theatres - The Prince Of Wales Brixton

    POW is a large multi-use venue with a two-tier outdoor roof terrace. All of our spaces attract high profile private hire from leading supermarkets to film publishers, we can cater for most types of events/hires. Our spaces are especially great for private parties, product launches, networking events and drinks receptions. Our 1920s Art Deco dancehall has unique features, full audio visual install and Funktion-One sound system. Our terrace has views across the South-London skyline and Windrush Square and is also kitted out with speakers and more.

  • Theatres - Bolton's Restaurant

    The Venetia Room is the perfect spot for small private event

  • Theatres - Business Design Centre
    IslingtonBusiness Design Centre1500 People

    Ideally located in the centre of venue and covering over 2000m2, the Mezzanine has an exceptional abundance of light and has the perfect space for large exhibitions, awards evening dinners, gala dinners, large conferences and more. It's proximity to the breakout rooms makes the space ideal for a conference to run alongside a large exhibition.

  • Theatres - Sadler's Wells
    AngelSadler's Wells 1500 People

    Sadler's Wells has a 1500 seat main auditorium which is equipped with advanced theatre technology ensuring unbeatable technical service, from computer controlled flying to state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment.

  • Theatres - Bridge Theatre
    SouthwarkBridge Theatre600 People

    Our main foyer is filled with light and boasts stunning views of the Thames and Tower Bridge. With our iconic lampshades hung through there's always the perfect photo opportunity. It fits 400 people comfortably and is a great space for fundraisers, corporate events, product launches and award ceremonies (morning and afternoon only if a show is on). Our catering can be provided by Michelin Star St.JOHN.

  • Theatres - London Transport Museum
    Covent GardenLondon Transport Museum121 People

    The Cubic Theatre is a perfect space for seminars, film screenings and conferences. It features specially designed moquette seating as well as a breakout foyer for registration, breaks or networking drinks. All theatre AV and wifi are included in costs.

  • Theatres - The London Theatre
    New CrossThe London Theatre70 People

    The Fringe Theatre is a great intimate venue for private productions. With 37 seat purpose built theatre with own bar and the latest LED lights. The stage area is 4m x 2.5 metres, and the room is 7m x 4m. The seating is raked and the space is standard black box.

  • Theatres - Bermondsey Social Club
    BermondseyBermondsey Social Club120 People

    Bermondsey Social is a unique space set under a railway arch in South Bermondsey. An Ideal spot for private parties, club nights, corporate events, Christmas parties, Birthday parties and much more BSC boasts to have one of the best outdoor areas south of the river along with a state of the art light rig and amazing DnB sound system. We can accommodate up to 120-140 guests for events and have staging on site should you need it for a live band to play or to present an award. We also have a projector and screen. Our License is till 4am 7 days a week.

  • Theatres - Laban
    GreenwichLaban 294 People

    A state-of-the-art creative space seating up to 294 in an intimate, tiered auditorium. Designed in a sophisticated dark wood, the theatre is in effect a ‘black box’, making it an ideal space for a variety of creative events.

  • Theatres - National Portrait Gallery
    WestminsterNational Portrait Gallery138 People

    With audio-visual facilities and comfortable tiered seating, the Ondaatje Wing Theatre is the perfect space for an evening presentation, product launch or award ceremony before a drinks reception in the Gallery. The Theatre is also available for breakfast events. Hire includes use of AV equipment and presence of AV Technician.

  • Theatres - Wallacespace Clerkenwell Green
    ClerkenwellWallacespace Clerkenwell Green10 People

    The Flax room is light and bright with space for up to eight people around a table. The space works well for smaller board meetings, training or workshops. All of our meeting rooms are flooded with natural daylight, flexible in layout and come fully equipped with AV facilities, equipment and stationery. We're told that it's our people and how we do things that make the real difference. We look for reasons to say 'yes' and understand that it's the small things that make the real difference. Our people are meeting space experts and will work with you to ensure your day runs like clockwork.


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More about Theatres

How many theatres are there in London?

As the world’s theatre capital, it’s no surprise that London is simply bursting with theatres, from huge West End venues to small fringe spaces above pubs with as few as 30 seats.

London’s West End is the largest theatre district in the world. And a study by the Society of London Theatre and the National Theatre revealed that London has the biggest theatre audience of any city globally, beating even New York!

In total, there are 76 West End and Off West End spaces across London, but this doesn’t include the countless fringe venues scattered throughout the city.

What events can you hold in a London theatre space?

Theatres don’t just have to be used for plays and concerts. They make fantastic event venues for all sorts of different occasions, particularly events that have a performative element to them, such as talks or presentations. Here are a few ideas of event types that are particularly well-suited to London theatre spaces.

Conferences

Theatres can make fantastic conference venues. Not only are theatre auditoriums themselves naturally set up perfectly for conferences, with a stage and theatre-style seating, but they often have bars, cafes and foyers that can be used for breakout sessions and networking spaces too. Of course, theatres are used to providing a high level of production value on the shows they host, so you’ll often find that they have all the equipment and technical capability you need to level up your conference.

Award ceremonies

If you’re looking for an award ceremony venue, you can’t get much better than a theatre. Award ceremonies need a bit of red-carpet glamour, so hiring a lavish theatre, such as one on the West End, would be the perfect location. Just imagine your guests walking in the shoes of stars as they climb up to the stage to receive their award!

Fashion shows

If you’re looking for a space in which to showcase your latest designs in the world of fashion, a theatre could be right up your street. Theatres can range from plush spaces with velvet curtains and seats to thrust stages where you’ll have that ready-made catwalk. Whatever vibe you’re after in a fashion show venue, there’s sure to be a theatre that fits.

Gala dinners

Gala dinners may not typically be the kind of event you’d expect to host in a theatre, but trust us on this one. Many theatres have removable seating, like the Eventim Apollo, which means those traditional theatre seats can be replaced with tables and chairs. Not only do you then have dramatic theatre lighting at your disposal, but you also have the stage free to use for those mid-dinner speeches, auctions and more!

Talks, presentations and panel discussions

If you’re hosting a talk, presentation or panel discussion, look no further than a theatre venue. They’re purposely designed for sharing content with an audience. So, the layout, facilities and equipment will normally be exactly as you need them, without you having to lift a finger. And you’ll benefit from those lovely theatre acoustics too!

Why hire a theatre space in London for your event?

Theatres come with a whole host of benefits and can really help you to take your event to the next level. Here are our favourite things about using theatres as event venues.

  • Production value. Theatres are designed to host shows, which means they’ll usually be kitted out with first-class lighting and sound equipment, as well as AV technology. You’ll often be able to benefit from all of this in-house kit, helping you to notch up your event’s production value without the cost of hiring it all in.

  • Unusual. Theatres could definitely be classed as unusual event venues when it comes to events such as conferences. So, it’s a great way to ensure that your event sticks in your attendees’ minds long after it has ended.

  • Exclusive. There’s something that feels very exclusive about hosting an event in a large and lavish West End theatre – especially one that’s played host to stars of the stage and screen. This makes theatres ideal for events where you want to ramp up the glitz, glamour and sense of occasion, like award ceremonies.

  • Experienced. Theatres are experienced at hosting events. In fact, some have been doing so for centuries – the oldest theatre site in London is the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, which was built in 1663 and has been welcoming theatregoers for over 350 years. This means your event will be in safe hands.

  • Breakout space. Very often, hiring a theatre comes with the hire of a theatre bar or cafe, which is ideal for events that require space for guests to congregate. Some bigger theatres may even have multiple bars and foyers that can be used as breakout space for your event.

What theatre spaces are there for hire in London?

Theatres come in all different sizes, capacities, layouts and styles. Here are some of the different kinds of theatres you can hire in London.

West End theatre hire

The West End makes up the heart of London’s theatre district. Plus, it’s bang in the centre of town, which makes it an excellent choice when it comes to transport links and bringing all the buzz and energy of central London into your event.

Our top West End theatre for hire is the Dominion Theatre, which is just a short stroll from Tottenham Court Road tube station. Like many West End theatres, it’s complete with plush seats, velvet curtains and ornate ceilings. Plus, it seats a whopping 2,069 people! It’s got that red-carpet feeling you’ll need for events like award ceremonies and galas in spades.

Proscenium stage hire

A proscenium stage or theatre is one where there’s a structure in front of the stage (the proscenium arch) that frames the onstage action. Proscenium stages are generally end-on, similar to lecture theatres – which makes them ideal for things like presentations and talks where you want to be able to take in the whole audience at once.

Most West End theatres have proscenium stages, but there are lots of proscenium stages across the rest of London too. A couple of our favourites include the Barbican Theatre and Sadler’s Wells Theatre – two beautiful big theatres with excellent sightlines that are accustomed to catering for business events like conferences and dining.

At the other end of the scale, you have the stunning Roundhouse. The complete opposite of a proscenium stage, this space allows you to seat your attendees in the round, to create a really intimate and immediate experience, even in a large space.

Small theatre hire

There are lots of smaller theatres that you can hire in London too. This includes a plethora of fringe theatres that fall outside of the main institutions and often program more experimental work.

If you’re looking for a small theatre to hire, check out The Yard in Hackney Wick. Made entirely from recycled materials, this purpose-built 110-seat venue features a beautiful untreated concrete floor as well as lighting, sound and projection facilities. Another of our top choices is The Vaults Theatre. With a capacity of 176, this alternative theatre space is located beneath Waterloo station in a series of tunnels and has its own bar, lounge area and dressing rooms.

Also just a short walk from Waterloo station is the smallest theatre space we have available for hire on Hire Space. The Calder Theatre Bookshop has just 32 seats, making it ideal for meetings and workshops.

Studio theatre hire

Studio theatres are small theatres where the seats and staging can often be rearranged or laid out in different configurations. This can make them really handy for more intimate events where you want to be able to adapt the space for your own individual needs.

Our favourite studio theatre available for hire on Hire Space is the Theatre Space at the Young Actors Theatre Islington. This space has retractable seating, making it equally suitable for workshops and team building events as for talks and performances.

What are typical theatre hire costs?

Theatre hire costs vary wildly depending on a number of factors, including:

  1. The theatre’s size and capacity.
  2. Where in London it’s located.
  3. How long you hire the venue for.
  4. When you host your event (time, day of the week and season).
  5. The theatre’s facilities.

Costs will also vary based on how a theatre charges you. Many will charge a set rate per day, but others will charge you per hour, per attendee or even based on a minimum spend.

As a rough guide, you can expect to pay around £7,800 a day for a theatre space with a capacity of 760. With this in mind, you could expect to pay in the region of £10 per seat the venue has. However, this is a very rough estimate, and you can normally expect to spend significantly less per seat for small venues than for large ones, although there are always exceptions!

How to find cheap theatre hire in London

Keen to hire a theatre for your next event? Looking for a way to bring theatre hire prices down? Here are some things you can do to help.

  1. Consider hiring during off-peak times. Evening hire is generally harder to find with theatres, so it will normally come with higher costs than daytime hire. Similarly, if you want to keep costs down, you should consider hosting your event during off-peak days of the week (earlier in the week is usually cheapest) or off-season (often during summer months).

  2. Hire further off the beaten track. The closer you are to central London, the higher your theatre hire price is likely to be. Consider hiring a theatre that’s a bit further from the heart of the capital to lower your costs. For instance, the Eventim Apollo is a large, impressive theatre in Hammersmith.

  3. Hire smaller theatres. Larger theatres don’t only come with more seats – they often also come with more facilities, such as cloakrooms, bar space and breakout areas. This can all come at a high cost. Hiring a smaller theatre will cut your budget significantly.

  4. Go hybrid. To allow you to host your event in a smaller, cheaper theatre, you could consider making your event hybrid. This way, you can invite fewer guests to attend your event in-person as you can make the event accessible to many more online.

  5. Reduce your build time. If you can reduce the amount of time it takes you to set up your event, you won’t need to hire the theatre space for as long. If the theatre charges you a day rate, consider whether you can get your event in and up in a day. Or, if it charges you per hour, see how lean you can make your set-up schedule in order to reduce your hire cost.

What to consider when hiring a London performance space

Before you start your search for a London theatre space, there are some things you’ll need to take into account. Brush up on these specifics before signing anything to make sure you’re setting yourself and your event up for success.

Location

Consider where your audience is coming from and make sure that you choose an area of London that would be easy for them to get to.

If many of your attendees will be travelling from out of town, hiring a theatre in central London will probably be easiest as it will be more easily accessible from the main railway stations. But if you’re hosting an event for Londoners, you could branch out a bit further and consider theatres in the north, east, south or west of the city, providing there are decent transport links. As we’ve mentioned previously, hiring a theatre a bit further from the heart of the capital will usually reduce your theatre hire cost.

Facilities

When you’re hiring a theatre, it can be tempting to just consider what the auditorium is like. But you’ll also need to think about whether the theatre has the facilities you need to make your event a success. This might include the number of toilets available and how much breakout space you can use across bars and foyers.

It’s also worth noting that many older theatres, especially those in the West End, aren’t particularly accessible for those with mobility requirements. These buildings can be quite small considering their capacities, and are often complete with lots of stairs and tight corners. Be sure to ask lots of questions and schedule a viewing before booking.

Hybrid

Make sure that you decide whether or not you want your event to be hybrid before you settle on a theatre space to hire. A hybrid event is one that has attendees joining both in-person and online.

There are a few things you’ll need to look out for when choosing a hybrid event venue. For example, a strong internet connection is crucial. Many modern theatres are very well set up for hybrid events, with in-house AV capability and strong internet connections, but some older theatres can lack fast wifi which could be a dealbreaker. Just ask your contact at the venue about hybrid events and they’ll normally be able to help.

What’s included

It’s important to find out exactly what you’re paying for when you agree to hire a theatre. For example, will you have support from the venue’s front-of-house team and ushers, or will you be expected to staff that side of your event yourself?

Similarly, it’s important to learn how much technical support you’ll receive. If there’s currently a show running in the theatre, you probably won’t be able to adjust the position of the theatre lights, and you may also need to host your event against the backdrop of the play’s set. Be sure to request information about what exactly the setup will be before signing anything, so that you don’t come across any unwelcome surprises on the day!

Suppliers

Once you know what’s included in the theatre hire, you can start to create a list of all the suppliers you need to source to make your event a success.

Some theatres will have their own in-house cafe or restaurant and may be able to provide the catering for you. But usually, you’ll need to work with an external caterer. Often, you’ll be able to get a list of your theatre’s preferred suppliers, but many will give you free reign.

If you’re looking to really make an impact, consider commissioning a supplier to create memorable food experiences like Sixth Sense, a supplier that provides everything from dip-your-own ice lolly labs to dragon breath popcorn stations (popcorn that lets you snort plumes of liquid nitrogen vapour from your nose and mouth!). Remember that suppliers can help you to polish every aspect of your event, from the production side to theming, event technology and more.

Find a London theatre to host your event

Now you’re ready to start your search for a London theatre to hire for your event. Here’s all you need to do.

  1. Collate details. Gather together all the information you have about your event, from your event type to your target audience, budget and extras. Put them in order of priority to help guide your search.

  2. Shortlist locations. Next, put together a selection of locations that would be suitable for hosting your event in. Make sure to think about who your target audience is, where they’re based and how easy these locations will be for them to get to.

  3. Use Hire Space! Finally, you can just use Hire Space to search for your ideal venue quickly and easily. Remember to use our handy filters to find a venue that fits your needs exactly.

Looking for more tips on finding a venue for your event in London? Read our complete guide to venue finding. Or, feel free to get in touch with our venue experts if you’d like an extra hand. They’ll be able to recommend some venues that could be perfect for your next event.

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London’s West End is arguably the theatre capital of the world and (we think) the only real competitor to New York’s broadway. Most people don’t know that you can hire out most of the West End’s theatres for private hire too! Perfect for presentations and conferences these impressive venues are top of the range. The West End theatres aren’t always free during the evening as performance spaces, so we’ve got you covered with off-West End theatres and other theatres in London too so you’ll have a wide variety of choices. Now all that's left to do is bring the house down! Click onto a gallery's profile to receive a quick quote. Or, for some handpicked suggestions from a Venue Expert, click below and share your requirements with us. You'll receive tailored venue suggestions to match your requirements, and all for free.

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