The Music School was opened in 2005 by Julian Lloyd Webber. The Recital Hall and other rehearsal venues are available to hire during school holidays.More information
Great Hall is our Performing Arts Centre, completed in September 2013 and officially opened by HRH the Earl of Wessex in January 2014.
At the heart of Great Hall is a professionally-equipped theatre, designed in collaboration with world-renowned theatre consultants Charcoalblue, in a stylish, modern, yet traditional proscenium format with intimate wrap-around circle balcony. The theatre has hosted many theatrical and music events for The Leys and the Cambridge community, ranging from ‘West End’ musicals to contemporary dance and baroque opera!
The venue is located within The Leys’ 50-acre campus in Cambridge city centre. 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 coming to the theatre.
For more audience details, please see the ‘Visitor Information’ on our Box Office page.
Please note that Great Hall is not open to the public, except for publicised events by ticket, invitation or pre-booking only.
Great Hall is a modern, medium-sized theatre in the centre of Cambridge, suitable for a wide range of events including theatrical performances, opera, dance, music concerts, lectures, exhibitions, holiday courses, rehearsals and conferences.
The auditorium can seat a maximum of 337, complemented by a large foyer and extensive backstage space including dedicated dressing rooms and plenty of additional space for performers, props, costumes and scenery. Adjustable acoustic measures can adapt the theatre for spoken word or live music.
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 infrastructure and backstage facilities are provided, including ‘ladder-free’ access to high-level rigging positions over the stage and auditorium, motorised flying system, adjustable fore-stage/pit, modern LED stage lighting, large control room, dressing rooms and green room.
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Great Hall is available to hire during Leys School holiday periods; offered to theatre users as a ‘dry hire’ venue, so you have plenty of flexibility and freedom to put on your production.
Our current and previous clients include Cambridge Theatre Company, Bodywork Dance & Bodywork Theatre School, Cambridge University Tap & Jazz Society (CUTAZZ), PQ Academy, Cambridge Handel Opera Company (CHOC), Theatre Tribe, Cambridge Summer Music Festival, KD Academy, Emil Dale School of Performing Arts, Cambridge Suzuki Young Musicians, Cambridgeshire Heidelberg Montpellier Youth Orchestra, and Cambridgeshire Holiday Orchestra.
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 on 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, 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.
We have also partnered with a local bar company to provide a theatre bar for your performance, if required.