Region: West Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Sheepcote Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B16 8AE

Contact: 0121 643 4929



The Crescent is a charitable community theatre company that has been in existence for 80 years and operates from a professional theatre.  With a large volunteer membership and a small team of professional staff, our theatre is fully equipped with a 300+ seat main house, 100+ seat studio theatre and spacious coffee bar/bar area as well as all the facilities of any working theatre, such as wardrobe and properties departments, rehearsal rooms and a large scenic workshop.  

Situated to the west of Brindleyplace (off Broad Street), The Crescent’s central location means that we are easily accessible by coach, car and public transport.  With a diverse and varied programme of events, our scheduling takes into consideration the requirements of schools and educational organisations. 

The Crescent is known for presenting high quality productions of all genres in a wide range of styles.  Our flexible venue offers great amenities including a pleasant coffee bar area and full disabled access and facilities.  We are pleased to welcome parties of all sizes, as we have no minimum group size.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

We welcome visits from school parties – enthusiastic schools audiences contribute to the vibrant atmosphere at the Crescent and we are committed to providing engaging and affordable theatrical experiences for young people. As well as affordable ticket prices (£5-8) for educational groups, we can offer pre and post show talks, workshops and tours. We can also come to your school or college to run workshops alongside a visit to the theatre. We have a dedicated Education and Engagement Officer who can liaise with your staff to create a memorable experience for your students.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

Both our main stage and studio space are fully accessible, and due to the layout and size of both spaces, there is no such thing as a ‘bad seat’; your students will see all of the action, all of the time. Our education ticket price is just £5 Tues-Thurs and £8 Fri-Sat. This means that our productions are significantly more affordable than any other theatre in Birmingham.

What does a typical educational visit include?

In addition to enjoying a a high quality production, we can offer additional experiences to enhance your students’ experience and learning. These can be used to enhance their knowledge of stagecraft and/or to deepen their engagement with a play text that is being studied.  We understand that each educational establishment has different needs. We always endeavour to meet needs through bespoke packages, rather than offer generic education visits. These can include:

  • backstage tours directly before an evening show or after a matinee
  • the director or designer talking to a group before or after the show
  • cast members meeting and greeting audiences after the show
  • a post show discussion, similar to the ‘after dark’ we already provide on Friday evenings for the general public
  • in-house workshops for young people
  • visits by cast members into schools

To arrange any of these activities contact James Knapp, Education and Engagement Officer, by emailing

What group sizes do you cater for?

Main House theatre productions up to 300

Studio theatre productions up to 100

Pre and post-show talks can cater for up to 100 students in the Studio Theatre and 300 in the Main House.

Interactive workshops on site can cater for up to 30 students. If we come to you, the only limitations are the size of the space that you can provide.

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

Each season we identify productions that are likely to particularly appeal to schools and colleges and education workbooks are created to support students’ experience of seeing the show. Education workbooks are available via the Education page on our website.

We also provide guidance for school parties prior to your visit. This information can also be accessed via the webpage link above.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

Photography or recording of any kind is not permitted during performance due to Rights restrictions. We can sometimes permit photography of the set design before or after a performance.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

A generic venue Risk Assessment can be made available, teachers will need to complete their own Risk Assessment specific to their visit.

Does your venue have an education officer?

Our Education and Engagement Officer is James Knapp. He can be contacted by emailing or via the Box Office on 0121 643 5858.

What is the cost of the visit?

School and Group tickets are available for £5 per ticket (Tuesday – Thursday Evenings) and £8 per ticket at all other times.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

First Aid supplies are available, we do not provide a qualified first aider.

Please list facilities available.

Teas, coffees, soft drinks, sweets, crisps and ice creams can be purchased from our coffee bar, we also have a fully licensed bar for the adults!  Ice creams are also on sale in the auditoria during intervals.  Prices from £2.

Our spaces are fully accessible to wheelchair users.

What are your disabled facilities?

We have adapted WCs onsite, the Front of House areas, Main House and Studio are accessible via lift.  Wheelchair users can be accommodated in both auditoria.

What are your opening days and hours?

Box Office is open to take bookings Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm. 

The Front of House areas are open to ticket holders 1 hour prior to the performance.

Performance times vary, please see our website for details of forthcoming productions:


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

Type of Visit: Cinemas / Film Performing Arts Workshops Theatres

Curriculum Topics Covered: Drama History

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