The Core Theatre is a popular town centre venue comprising Theatre (336 seats) and Studio (multi-use up to 130), Courtyard Gallery, Encore eatery and Box Office facility. The venue provides a programme of professional events and exhibitions and is also available for hire by individuals, groups, or professional promoters.
Your hire period is per session, or per week. Hire charges include; Technical support, Front of House and Encore and Ovations bar staffing for all performances.
Two levels of charges apply:
- The local rate – applied to not for profit/charity organisations
- Commercial rate – applied to commercial ventures
For equipment hire, ticketing and marketing services see separate charges.
|Theatre||Local Rate||Commercial Rate|
2023/24 - £4920
2024/25 - £5028
2025/26 - £5292
2023/24 - £1344
2024/25 - £1392
2025/26 - £1470
2022/23 - £2040
2023/24 - £2070
2024/25 - £2112
|Rehearsal Session Hire*||
2023/24 - £678
2024/25 - £696
2025/26 - £732
Please note all hire prices are inclusive of VAT at 20%
*Standard Session Times:
- 9am - 1pm
- 1.30pm - 5.30pm
- 6pm - 11pm
Performances will be charged at the full session rate. Additional hours required outside the normal session times for get ins/get outs or rehearsals will be charged pro rata at the relevant session price.
Equipment Hire Packages
|Package||Contents||Daily Rate||Weekly Rate|
|Live PA system with operator||inclusive of all relevant systems & microphones vocal & instrument excludes radio mics||£216||£924|
|PA system playback
|inclusive of all relevant systems for playback||£84||£396|
|Trantec radio mics||Clip on radio mics up to 16 units includes battery||
|Pyrotechnics||6 way firing station & boxes not including devices||£42||£66|
|Smoke machine||Inclusive of fluid||£42||£66|
|Baby grand piano||Steinway - price includes tuning||£138|
|Extra technician||If needed for followspot etc||£12
Please note that all equipment hire prices are plus VAT at 20%
Performing Rights Society Charges (PRS)
For all musical events a Performing Rights Society charge will be passed on to the hire based upon a percentage of the net box office as follows:
- Variety/pantomime 2% of net box office plus vat
- Popular music 4% of net box office plus vat
- Classical music 5.5% of net box office plus vat
- Dance displays to pre-recorded backing music – set fee of £42 plus vat per performance
All tickets for events at The Core Theatre must be produced by the venue's Box Office system, hirers cannot supply their own tickets. There is a ticketing administration charge of £42 per performance. This includes:
- Supply of ticket sales from our own Box Office.
- Inclusion of your event on the Core Theatre's website.
- An online ticketing facility
There is no commission charge on tickets sold, but credit card commission is deducted at source where applicable. Please request a Ticketing and Publicity Request Form from our staff or download it below.
Please note that all additional charges are inclusive of VAT at 20%
Ticketing and Publicity Request Form download.
- Commercial and week hires – no charge
The venue retains editorial control over all brochure content and inclusion is not guaranteed.
Deadlines for copy are available by calling marketing staff on 0121 704 6979 or 6949. Normally they are end March for the Autumn brochure (from May to Dec) and around end October for Spring brochure (Jan to July approx.)
Any sales made at the venue as part of show merchandising will be subject to the following commission:
- 10% if hirer sells goods
- 15% if Core Theatre staff sell goods
The fully licensed Encore eatery can provide a range of catering options to compliment your event from pre or post show parties, buffets and beverages for meetings, to drinks receptions.
Encore is open every day from 9.30am Monday to Saturday (10am start on Wednesdays)
Encore bar will open for Evening, Sunday and Bank Holiday performances.
Please contact the Hospitality and Catering Manager to discuss your requirements further:
Tel: 0121 704 6813 or e-mail: email@example.com
To discuss dates and hire arrangements please contact the following:
Venue Hire Enquiries; 0121 704 6754/6961
Or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org