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The Blakehay Theatre

Type:Theatre

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

About Us
We offer a stimulating and inclusive programme at the heart of Weston’s cultural life, appealing to theatregoers of all generations.
The Blakehay Theatre’s mission is to be leading the way in this zeitgeist for Weston-super-Mare. We create Theatre for the whole community, bringing national popular shows and treading subject matters onto the stage. To promote a creative hub for artists and performers in the local area and a cultural home for fans of the arts.
Our uniquely diverse program of locally produced and touring work is curated especially for you. We are striving to create an inclusive creative community to make the most of a beautiful venue by using all of its spaces for artistic endorsers, and we are delighted you want to be a part of it.
We may be little, but we have big ideas!
Our vision is to build a ‘big-city’ creative culture into the heart of the Victorian seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare. We need continued public support to help sustain and grow this vision through ticket sales, personal donations, sponsorship and help spreading the word!
We are constantly working and adapting our programme each season to bring new and exclusive works to Weston-super-Mare, but we can’t do that without your support, so please spread the word and support our little theatre with big ideas!

‘Small, intimate theatre. Friendly and excellent value for money. Loved it.’ Hewitt
‘What a wonderful place to find…full of character & friendly staff. We’ll be looking for the next excuse to return.’ Slater
‘Very Friendly and family orientated with a varied range of shows and films.’ Taylor

History of the Blakehay Theatre
Built in 1850, the building 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 and only the outside walls of the church remained, after the war it was rebuilt inside the original Victorian shell. 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.
It was converted into a venue for amateur and professional events and public meetings and renamed ‘The Blakehay’. The name ‘Blakehay’ comes from “Black Hay”, a field that originally lay between the High Street and Wadham Street. The original 230 church seats were placed on a new raked platform and the old Baptistery turned into a stage. The old Sunday school rooms were converted into two studio space on the ground and first floors.
Weston-super-Mare Town Council then purchased the theatre in 2004. During the time that Weston-Super-Mare Town Council have owned and managed the theatre there has been extensive refurbishment with the Foyer, Toilets and Theatre Bar being refurbished in 2010. In 2017 the Town Council refurbished the old first floor Upper studio into a Studio Theatre that can also be used as two separate studio spaces and re-branded the theatre.

Hire Us
The Blakehay Theatre can be hired and used for a variety of events, performance, exhibitions, parties, meetings, conferences, classes, and so much more.
As well as the equipment and facilities available, we can also offer the services of skilled technicians to operate lighting and sound, plus a full staff including duty manager, Box Office, front of house and bar staff.
Please see the individual pages for more detailed information, or feel free to contact us to see how our fantastic facilities can meet your requirements.


Booking
The Blakehay Theatre has a busy artistic programme and can get booked up a long way in advance. We do recommend early booking to avoid disappointment, particularly for use of the Main House.
We will always do our best to find a suitable date for you, so it is worth contacting us, even if it is short notice.
We are very happy to meet with you to discuss your event and show you around The Blakehay Theatre. It’s a beautiful space and we like to show it off! It also gives you the chance to check it’s the right space for you.

Box Office Opening Times;
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 10.00am – 2.00pm
Wednesday – 10.00am – 2.00pm
Thursday – 10.00am – 2.00pm
Friday – 10.00am – 2.00pm 
Saturday – 10.00am – 2.00pm
Sunday - Closed

 

 

Events

Friday, 25th October 2019 - Friday, 25th October 2019

Saturday, 26th October 2019 - Saturday, 26th October 2019

Theatre West present Everyone is DeadEveryone is Dead
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Wednesday, 30th October 2019 - Saturday, 2nd November 2019

Saturday, 2nd November 2019 - Saturday, 2nd November 2019

WODS Evita promo imageWODS present; Evita
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Wednesday, 6th November 2019 - Wednesday, 6th November 2019

Aftermirth - a comedy club for parentsAftermirth
more info

Tuesday, 12th November 2019 - Tuesday, 12th November 2019

Tentacle TribeDance Dynamic presents Tentacle Tribe: Tap into the Grid
more info

Friday, 15th November 2019 - Friday, 15th November 2019

Games Night @ the BlakehayGames Night
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Wednesday, 20th November 2019 - Saturday, 23rd November 2019

Living Spit's Odyssey Living Spit's Odyssey
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Tuesday, 3rd December 2019 - Thursday, 5th December 2019

Rose - Beauty & the Beast WAPA Pantomime Rose - Beauty & the Beast
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Friday, 13th December 2019 - Friday, 13th December 2019

Saturday, 14th December 2019 - Saturday, 14th December 2019

A Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol
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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • Bar

Children & Infants

  • Accept Children Over 3
  • Facilities for children

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Event venue
  • Open All Year
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Smoking Some Areas - Outdoor courtyard available for smoking

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking - Pay & display card park next door

Payment Methods

  • All major credit cards accepted

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Directions

Opening Times

The Blakehay Theatre Opening Times (1 Jan 2019 - 17 Dec 2019)
DayTimes
MondayClosed*
Tuesday - Saturday10:00 - 14:00*
SundayClosed*

* Box Office – Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 2pm
Plus 1 hour before all performances, unless other wise stated.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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