The Leys

Great Hall


Great Hall is our Performing Arts Centre, completed in September 2013 and officially opened by HRH the Earl of Wessex in January 2014. Great Hall is a modern, medium-sized theatre in the centre of Cambridge, suitable for a wide range of events including theatrical performances, music concerts, lectures, exhibitions, holiday courses, rehearsals and conferences.

Theatre Hire

Great Hall's Theatre can seat a maximum of 337 and is complemented by a large foyer and extensive backstage space including dedicated dressing rooms and plenty of additional space for performers, props, costumes and scenery. The main venue is supplemented by various other supporting rooms, including the Middleton Studio, Trumpington Gallery, Dance Studio and John Harding Drama Centre.

Professional technical and backstage facilities are provided, with adjustable acoustic measures to adapt the stage for spoken word or live music. Our Bechstein concert grand piano can be hired for music events in Great Hall, plus we have made a significant investment in modern LED stage lighting in order to keep our equipment up-to-date and reduce energy consumption.

The venue is located within The Leys' 50-acre campus in Cambridge city centre. Whilst car parking is restricted on site, we are a short walk from several multi-storey and on-street car parks, and not far from Cambridge station. We are ideally placed for patrons to enjoy a drink or meal in town, before making their way to the theatre.

Great Hall is offered to theatre users as a 'dry hire' venue, so hirers have the flexibility and freedom to provide your own production staff and stage crew as necessary, plus front-of-house ushers for performances and your own bar. We can provide an online Box Office for your event if required, or you can use your own system. (See Hire Requirements.)

All lettings are supported by our in-house Theatre and Events team. Our duty technician is always on hand to provide advice and assistance with our technical systems, plus we provide a duty manager for performances. We pride ourselves in the level of support offered in comparison to other dry-hire venues. We often receive positive feedback from organisers who have been impressed with our venue and our staff, particularly with the hands-on help we are able to provide when required. We always try to 'go the extra mile' to ensure that your event is a success.

We can provide basic stage lighting for concerts and other simple events (included in the hire price), or your technical team will have full access to the majority of our stage lighting stock and technical equipment to use as you wish (see Technical Information). There are very few things for which we charge 'extras' so the hire price you agree beforehand is the final price you will pay.

Right from the off everywhere was so clean and well presented for us to come in and make the space our own. The technical team were so helpful throughout our stay and nothing was too much trouble or effort, and it just made our lives so much easier and stress-free. We have had so many wonderful comments about the theatre and how beautiful and professional it was.

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Contact Our Team

Claire Payne (Letting enquiries)

Paul Durose (Operations & Technical enquiries)



01223 508900

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