Hire Rates

The Theatre Hire rate is applicable for all events held in the auditorium which are open to the public, for which an admission charge is made, and tickets are sold through our TicketSource facility. (For private, non-show events, please see the Auditorium page)

Theatre hire includes the use of the following areas for a performance; Auditorium, dressing rooms, kitchen, function room/bar and gallery. Any other rooms required are subject to individual charges (see relevant pages)

Basic charge for a theatrical performance
Standard charge . . . £2.50 per seat sold
Minimum charge . . . £150
Maximum charge . . . £450
Plus Theatre Restoration Levy . . . 50p on every seat sold

From September 2022 our price will increase
(See Here)

£25 per Four- hour session (free on the day of show)

Additional Facility Charges
Grand Piano hire – £50
Special Piano tuning – £35
Electric Piano/Keyboard – on request

Use of Technical Facilities
1st performance – £25
2nd performance – £20
3rd performance – £15
Subsequent performances – £15

Special Sound and Light Effects
To be agreed with our technical team.

Setting up by our Technician/s
To be agreed with our technical team.

Technician Support for Rehearsals
To be agreed with our technical team.

Technician Support for Shows
Charged at – £9 per hour / per person (Charges after midnight are £18 per hour)

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Theatre Hire Basis

Theatre hiring charges are based upon individual performances, irrespective of day or time, and will include; a £50 refundable deposit which must be paid in advance for the hire of the Theatre.

Our Liability Insurance
All hirers must confirm their willingness to accept our insurer’s conditions. Please refer to all the pages of the ‘Hirers’ Public Liability Summary of Cover’ in our Insurance policy linked below.

Where the terms do not cover a hirer’s activity, then the hirer should have their own additional cover in place and forward copies to the Trust.

Our Insurance Policy

All theatre hirers are required to submit a technical form and a risk assessment form.

Technical Requirements Form

Risk Assessment Form

Special Theatre Hire Conditions

The Box Office and Front of House will be staffed by the Athenaeum Trust, and our volunteers will act as stewards.

The arrangements for your show, together with very clear indications of the required opening and closing times for your production, must be discussed with the Booking Secretary.


  • Ground floor Stalls seats – 146 (plus 2 wheelchair spaces – which access the auditorium via the front of the building wheelchair ramp & door)
  • Balcony seats – 74 (there is no wheelchair access to the balcony and due to a low balcony handrail we request that people sitting in the balcony front Row (N) stand up to allow others safe access to their seat.

Stage dimensions plan

Technical Specifications

It is the responsibility of the hirer to produce advertising literature and to promote their event accordingly. The Athenaeum only displays publicity material onsite and accepts no responsibility for the hirer’s lack of adequate and suitable advertising promotion.

Please note we do not have any on-site car parking facilities for guests or hirers. See details on public parking on our ‘About Us’ page.