The Leys

Theatre Availability & Rates


Great Hall is only available to external users during our school holiday periods. This ensures that we are able to offer exclusive and unrestricted use of our facilities. As a school, we particularly welcome non-profit, charitable and educational organisations for young people.


Lettings are usually taken in weekly blocks (Tues-Sat), but we are happy to consider longer or shorter periods to suit your production. One-night events are also welcome, although priority will be given to longer bookings. We generally avoid Mondays, as that gives us a day to prepare the venue for the next event. Please enquire to discuss available dates.

Theatre Hire Rates

These rates are for the main theatre, including front-of-house areas, dressing rooms and stage/technical facilities as listed in the Technical Specification. Use of ancillary spaces such as the Middleton Studio, Dance Studio or the John Harding Drama Centre may incur additional costs.

We offer Great Hall as a 'dry-hire' venue - which means you are hiring only the space and facilities. You will need to provide your own crew, ushers and bar facilities as required, as well as providing all of your own marketing and publicity. Use of our Box Office is optional. A duty technician is provided to oversee the building and assist with our technical systems (see below for more details).

THEATRE HIRE RATESPrices valid until July 2018
Hourly Rate£110 per hour, up to 5 hours.
Fit-up / Tech / Rehearsals£550 per day, up to 8 hours + £55 per hour for additional hours.
Performances*£550 per performance.

* Includes a reasonable time before/after the performance, plus the 'Get-out' after the final performance.

Multiple performances on the same day are charged at £550 per performance, except for short performances of no more than 1 hour duration, in which case this rate is negotiable.

The above rates are for non-profit / charitable / educational organisations only. Proof of status may be required. Please enquire for professional / commercial rates.

A surcharge of £20 per hour applies for any Sunday working.

A non-refundable 25% deposit is required to secure your booking: 10% payable immediately and 15% payable 6 months beforehand for lettings confirmed over 1 year in advance. For lettings of less than 3 days, or bookings within 12 months, the 25% deposit is payable immediately.

Prices inclusive of VAT where applicable.

Technical Support

Our duty technician will be on hand throughout your hire to assist with our technical systems and to provide advice and support to your crew. In certain circumstances, if required, it may be possible to provide another technician for specific show-related duties (such as rigging, focusing, lighting/sound operation, show calling, etc.)

For concerts and other small events, we are happy to provide basic stage lighting. Additional charges may apply for any changes to our 'Standard Rig' or to operate the lighting/sound during the performance.

Additional technical support: £27.50 - £55 per hour, depending on complexity of duties.

Please note that technician hours may be incurred before/after the event to prepare the venue if extensive changes are required to our standard arrangements. Such hours will be discussed/agreed in advance.

Extra Charges

As far as possible we offer Great Hall at an inclusive hire rate, so the price you agree in advance will be the price you pay. However, we reserve the right to apply additional charges for certain services and equipment. Please see the Technical Information for details.

Grand Piano

Our Bechstein concert grand piano can be hired for music events in Great Hall. Please enquire for rates.

Middleton Studio

It is possible to hire the Middleton Studio for smaller performance events or rehearsals. Availability is restricted by main-house events, so please enquire to discuss possible options. Rates start from £62.50 per hour, or £315 per performance (when hired separately to the main theatre).


  • Claire Payne, Director of Events & Domestic Services
  • Tel. 01223 508660

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01223 508900

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