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The Blakehay Theatre

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The Blakehay Theatre

Address/Location

Wadham Street
Weston-super-Mare
North Somerset
BS23 1JZ

Contact

Tel: 01934 645493

The Blakehay Theatre is a community theatre in the centre of Weston-super-Mare. It is Weston’s best kept secret with an intimate feel with an audience size of just two hundred. The theatre aims to offer a friendly and diverse arts experience to all its patrons. The theatre operates as a live events venue, programming local and regional theatre, music and dance. Situated next to Grove Park, the Blakehay Theatre is an excellent place to visit during the day or evening to be entertained.
The theatre is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary year of being owned and managed by Weston-super-Mare Town Council.
The Blakehay, built in 1850, was Weston-super-Mare’s first Baptist church and first public building. In 1862 Hans Price, who became the town’s leading architect, was commissioned to adapt and enlarge the building. During the Second World War it was hit by incendiary bombs. After the war it was rebuilt inside the original Victorian shell. The name comes from “Black Hay”, a field that originally lay between the High Street and Wadham Street. The building closed as a place of worship in 1985 and was saved from demolition and replacement with a block of flats in 1986 by the actions of Weston Civic Society where it was converted into a venue for amateur and professional events and public meetings. The Weston-super-Mare Town Council purchased the theatre in April 2004.
Celebrations run from 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015 so please check out the different offers and events we have running throughout the year on our website.
Have you seen our brand new dedicated website? Launched in May 2014 the theatre has a bright and colourful website that can be found at www.blakehaytheatre.co.uk. All of our up to date information can be found online 24 hours a day with full online booking. You can also sign up for our free monthly E-Newsletter through the website, which keeps you up to date with more information from the theatre.
The whole or part of the venue is also available to hire at competitive rates for a variety of uses. Celebrating a birthday or special occasion? Don’t forget we have the theatre bar available to hire with fully licenced bar for any event. Meetings, Conferences or Seminars space required? We have rooms available for all sizes. Need a rehearsal space? Or want to put on a workshop? Our Upper Studio is bright and flexible for all occasions. The theatre is regularly hired by the RAFA concert band and Weston College Performing Arts department. If you would like to book the Blakehay for your event, please visit our website for more details.
Be a Blakehay Buddy! Support your local theatre and be a part of it foreverand you will receive invites to our What’s On Guide Launch evenings, our guide sent to you three times per year and reservation booking on shows as well a plaque on our sponsors board in the foyer. Pick up a flyer in our foyer today or visit our website to find out how to sign up.
Don’t forget you can book for all of our shows online at www.blakehaytheatre.ticketsource.co.uk and through our Facebook page or call the Box Office, open Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00am to 2.00pm on 01934 645493
We have a great team at the theatre and we hope that you will have a friendly and enjoyable theatre experience at The Blakehay Theatre.
We hope to see you soon!

You can buy tickets 24 hours a day with our online booking through our website www.blakehaytheatre.co.uk

Please note that we do not charge a booking for tickets paid by cash or cheque at the box office, however there is a transaction charge of £1.20 for all card payments and a fee if booking online.

Auditorium
The auditorium is a 207 fixed seat theatre style with the stage at ground level. The seating is raked and each has a great view of the stage. The theatre does have reserved seating for most of our performances, so you can choose where you would like to sit. If you purchase tickets in rows A & B these all have level access into the auditorium and just one step up to access row B. All other rows are via stair access. The auditorium opens around 30 minutes before curtain up, and most performances have a 20 minute interval.

The space is ideal to hire for live events, training seminars and conferences. There are also two large dressing rooms; one is at stage level and small green room facilities. Please see our technical specifications for our in-house lighting and sound equipment.

Upper Studio
The attractive Upper Studio can accommodate up to 50 people theatre style or in the round for meetings and small scale seminars. It is a private space with views across the Grove Park.

Theatre Bar
The theatre bar is situated on the ground floor and is fully accessible to all patrons. It is open one hour before all public performances and during the interval so that you can relax and meet friends.

We also sell a small selection of sweets and crisps for you to purchase and enjoy. As well as the locally produced Chew Moos Ice creams that will be available from our staff in the auditorium during the interval. As our bar is very busy during the interval we ask that patrons use our Pre-Order service and your drinks will be waiting for you at interval time. Please Pre-Order at the bar before the performance.

All drinks can be taken into our auditorium during the performance, but we ask that these are decanted into plastic tumblers, which can be found at the bar. Through our bar we have a small courtyard that you can enjoy when it is a summer evening and we ask for all smokers to use.

Our Theatre Bar can also be hired during the day as a meeting space and has a capacity for up to 70 people.

Accessibility Information
Everyone is welcome at the Blakehay and we will do whatever we can to ensure you have an enjoyable visit. Staff are always available to help, so please ask us if you need assistance especially if you are unsure in an emergency evacuation. To ensure any special requirements you have are met, we ask that all patrons who use a wheelchair or have specific seating or access requests, contact the Box Office directly. The Blakehay Theatre has ramped access into the foyer and theatre bar and level access into the auditorium, where up to four wheelchair users can be accommodated with seating for a friend next to you. There is a fully accessible Disabled toilet in the foyer. If you purchase tickets in rows A & B these all have level access into the auditorium and just one step up to access row B. Assistance dogs are welcome in all parts of the theatre and we can usually ‘doggysit’ during events if required. Enquire at the Box Office when you book your seats.Please note that there is no disabled access to the Upper Studio.

The Blakehay Theatre has a baby changing facility in the disabled toilet. Please note that prams and pushchairs are not permitted into the auditorium unless previously agreed and a wheelchair space is available. These can be stored, if folded, in the theatre foyer during performances.

All children under the age of two are free of charge, unless stated otherwise, but please come to the box office on arrival for a special ‘Babes in Arms’ ticket before going into the auditorium.

Opening Times

2017 Opening (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

* Opening Times
Box office: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 2pm
The Box Office and Theatre Bar are also open one hour before all public performances

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