Region: West Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Eastgate Street, Stafford, West Midlands ST16 2LT

Contact: 01785 619080



What does your venue offer to school trips & educational visits?

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre operates as a receiving house, hosting a wide selection of touring shows suitable for audiences of all ages.

Some of our touring productions are able to provide educational material however this is solely dependent on the show. To find out if a show has additional educational material please email

The main auditorium has newly fitted tiered seating with occupancy of just over 500 it offers a clear stage view from any of its seats. We also have our newly refurbished MET Studio that offers comedy nights and music events seating up to 150. The Gatehouse has many facilities, which can enhance your educational visit such as Theatre and Backstage tours and a variety of educational performances.
It is one of only five venues in the country to produce its own rock ‘n’ roll Pantomime and also produces the critically acclaimed Stafford Festival Shakespeare event at Stafford Castle.

Stafford Festival Shakespeare

We are proud to produce one of Europe’s largest open air Shakespeare productions which offers 1,000 seats each performance, covered tiered seating and picnic areas. This is a fantastic opportunity to see one of Shakespeare’s plays performed in an accessible, unique and inspiring way.

The next production will be Othello at Stafford Castle between Thursday 23rd June and Saturday 9th July 2016. Special schools matinees are on Monday 27th June and Tuesday 5th July, with a special rate of just £7 per student with one teacher free for every 10 children for school parties. To find out more please contact our friendly box office team on 01785 619080 or via email
For Stafford Festival Shakespeare we are also able to offer free Q&A sessions with the cast and crew after school performances. To make reserve a place for your school at a Q&A session please email

Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre also produces a high energy, modern style of panto which sees all actors play music live on stage, and is proud to be one of only five theatres offering this unique style of show. Expect all the slapstick fun, magic and audience participation of a traditional panto fused with the thrill of a live concert. Children will be inspired to see our hugely talented actor-musicians act, dance, sing and play multiple instruments.

This year we are producing Aladdin, the rock ‘n’ roll panto. The show will open on Thursday 8th December 2016 and run until Sunday 8th January 2017. We have a range of dedicated school matinees with excellent value tickets; but they fill up fast! So don’t delay in contacting our box office and to book your school in for a festive show with a difference.

Why are you a great place for educational visits?

As well as offering one of the largest open air Shakespeare festivals in Europe and one of the country’s only Rock ‘n’ Roll pantomimes, the theatre also offers backstage tours and has a range of fantastic children’s shows on this season including:

For younger children aged 3+

The Gruffalo’s Child Thursday 4th and Friday 5th February

Egg and Spoon Tuesday 16th February

Peppa Pig’s Surprise Wednesday 6th- Thursday 7th April

Aladdin the rock ‘n’ roll panto Thursday 8th December – Sunday 8th January

For older students:

National Theatre Live: As You Like It – Thursday 25th February

A Lesson From Auschwitz – Friday 1st April

Othello Thursday 23rd June – Saturday 11th July at Stafford Castle

Aladdin the rock ‘n’ roll panto Thursday 8th December – Sunday 8th January

The theatre also offers performances from their youth theatre throughout the year.

To see the full line up of shows please visit or contact the box office for a brochure.

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What size groups do they cater for?


Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

Some touring productions do offer education packs, please contact to find out more.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

The use of audio equipment is show dependant and if children did want to take photos, videos or audio then written consent would need to be gained at least 14 days before the event.

Although we cannot guarantee consent this can be discussed during the booking process.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Completed risk assessments for all shows can be obtained from the theatre on request.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre does not have an education offer, but in the first instance all queries can be emailed to or by telephone on 01785 619080.

What does it cost?

Group discounts are dependant on the performance that you would be coming to see at the theatre, we often have “1 free teacher to every 10 children” offers, specific school prices for children or buy 10+ tickets and receive a discount.

Do you have first aid on site?

We do have qualified first aiders on site during our theatre performances and Shakespeare Festival plus a defibrillator is available.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

• Box Office
• Coffee shop serving warm and cold food and drinks
• 2 Bars that serve warm and cold drinks and snacks
• Lift
• 2 conference rooms available for hire pre and post performances
• Easy Access Facilities
• Tourist Information Centre
• Exhibition Spaces

Are there disabled facilities?

Extensive disabled facilities.

What are your opening days and hours?

The Box Office is open 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday. On a show/performance night we will remain open, for collections and door sales until the show start time. Call 01785 619080.

Shows are programmed all year round.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Performing Arts Workshops Theatres

Curriculum Topics Covered: Dance Drama English Music

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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