Venue Hire

With a fully-equipped theatre and associated rooms seating from 20 to 60, Shaftesbury Arts Centre offers a variety of facilities for hire for almost every occasion – whether a conference, lecture or seminar or an exhibition, reception or just a good old-fashioned party.

Facilities may be hired individually or as a package depending on availability, e.g. the Theatre and Phoenix Room together. For an extra charge the Arts Centre can also provide a staffed kitchen and bar facilities.

Times can be varied to suit particular circumstances (rates pro rata or by negotiation). Special rates are available to local registered charities and approved not-for-profit organisations.


The Gallery

The Gallery is a bright and welcoming space with a double front onto the street. It is a very popular space, and bookings are made well in advance.

Fee: £150 per week, £260 per fortnight. Commission: Rate for non-members – 30% of sales. Rate for Shaftesbury Arts Centre members – 25% of sales.

The Ron Homes Foyer Gallery is an interior gallery which doubles as a welcoming foyer for theatre productions. Fee: £60 per week.

If you are interested in hiring the gallery, please email us on

The Theatre

The Theatre has a maximum capacity of 157. Comfortable raked seating and a control box make this an ideal space for a variety of productions and events.

Technical support and PA equipment hire is available.

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The Dance Studio

Completed late 2019, our light and airy Dance Studio has a fully sprung floor catering for classes up to 20. Size: 6.68m x 6.41m.

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The Phoenix Room

The Phoenix Room is a space with lots of natural light. It also has a kitchen and bar. Seats 60.

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The Rutter Room

The Rutter Room has a capacity of 60 seated. Located next to the Phoenix Room it is ideal for events such as celebrations, lunches, dinners etc.

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