Stafford Gatehouse Theatre West Midlands

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Eastgate Street, Stafford, West Midlands, ST16 2LT

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PreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

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

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What we offer

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 thomas.waldron@freedom-leisure.co.uk 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 Europe’s premier open air Shakespeare production, 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 Macbeth at Stafford Castle from Thursday 28th June to Saturday 15th July 2018. Special schools matinees are on Tuesday 3rd July and Tuesday 10th July. To find out more please contact our friendly box office team on 01785 619080 or via email gatehouse@freedom-leisure.gov.uk 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 thomas.waldron@freedom-leisure.co.uk 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 Dick Whittington, the rock ‘n’ roll panto. The show will open on Thursday 6th December 2018 and run until Sunday 6th January 2019. 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.

What makes us a great choice?

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+ Dear Zoo – Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd February Monstersaurus – Wednesday 4th & Friday 5th April There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly – Sunday 27th May The Selfish Giant – Saturday 6th October Dick Whittington the rock ‘n’ roll panto – Thursday 6th December – Sunday 6th January For older students: From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads – Tuesday 20th February National Theatre Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Thursday 22nd February Cornermen – Friday 9th March National Theatre Live: Julius Caesar – Thursday 22nd March Macbeth Thursday 28th June – Saturday 14th July at Stafford Castle Dick Whittington the rock ‘n’ roll panto – Thursday 6th December – Sunday 6th January The theatre also offers performances from their youth theatre throughout the year. To see the full line up of shows please visit www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk or contact the box office for a brochure.  

Group Sizes Catered For


Materials, Resources & Information Provided

Some touring productions do offer education packs, please contact ehogan@staffordbc.gov.uk to find out more.

Photography, Filming & Audio 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.

Risk Assessment Details

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

Education Officer Information

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

Pricing Information

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.

First Aid Information

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

Available Facilities

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

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Extensive disabled facilities.

Opening Hours & Information

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.

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