Conferences, Meeting Rooms and Technical Equipment Hire

Gatehouse BuildingStafford Gatehouse is an accessible, thriving venue which can offer you a wide range of modern facilities in the heart of Stafford.  From conference facilities to studio theatre, recording space to our very own coffee shop, Stafford Gatehouse is one of the best equipped and most versatile venues in the region.  We also have a modern range of technical equipment for outside hire.


  • 2 Dressing rooms
  • Full stage lighting
  • Full theatre sound system
  • 24 track recording facility
  • Grid height 12.5ft (3810)
  • 10ft x 8ft (3048 x 2438) Screen
  • Air ventilation system

The facilities operate both during and outside office hours and are available at weekends (Sundays limited).

Well located between Birmingham, Nottingham and Manchester, Stafford is amply served by road and rail, with parking just two minutes’ walk away.
A map showing directions and car parking is available upon request or from

Gatehouse - TheatreThe Gatehouse Theatre can be a 541 or 475 seat auditorium and is equipped with the very latest lighting and audio equipment.


  • 2 Large dressing rooms
  • 2 Small dressing rooms
  • Full state lighting
  • Full theatre sound system
  • Three phase power to stage/200 amps per phase/ 63 amp single phase
  • Digital Projector (for hire)
  • 26ft by 14ft (7924 x 4267) Screen
  • Orchestra pit 3m x 9m in 3m x 1m sections
  • Air ventilation system

The Malcolm Edwards Theatre Studio is a 150 capacity theatre, totally flexible and again equipped with the very best sound, lighting and back-up equipment.  The seating is completely adaptable and can be assembled in a variety of ways to suit any requirements - end stage, in the round or cinema style - and it can also be used as a recording studio.

The Gatehouse Bar

An attractive bar with a relaxed atmosphere.  In an easily accessible location and open for functions, events and shows within normal licensing hours.  The Gatehouse Bar is open an hour before each performance and again during the interval, serving an array of beers, wines and spirits.  The air conditioned coffee shop offers free Wi-Fi, a selection of specialty coffees, teas and homemade cakes together with light snacks.

Venue Hire Fees and Charges

Room Hire

Fees from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017

                                                          Hourly Charges

  9am - 6pm 6pm - Midnight Midnight - 9am
Gatehouse Theatre
Monday - Thursday
 78.00 132.00 180.00
Gatehouse Theatre
Friday - Sunday
102.00 178.00 237.60
Malcolm Edwards
Theatre Studio
Monday - Thursday
 28.80  46.80  78.00
Malcolm Edwards
Theatre Studio
Friday - Sunday
 39.60  62.40 104.40
Mountbatten Suite  28.80  40.80  56.40
Churchill Room  22.80  30.00  42.00
Copeland Room
(no discounts)
 12.00   12.00   12.00 
Exhibition Space      
Coffee Shop  25.00     
Bar   25.00    
Staircase  25.00    

Minimum room hire charge  -  three hours

Room Hire Discounts - maximum discount at any one time 30%

  • Five or more consecutive days - save 10%
  • 12 or more regular dates in a twelve month period - save 10%
  • 24 or more regular dates in a twelve month period - save 20%
  • Stafford District Arts Council - save 10% (full members on production of certificate)
  • Registered Charity - save 10% (on production of registered charity letter head)

The above room hire discounts do not apply in respect of the hire of the Copeland Room.

Useful Contacts

Denise Tomlin - Hire of Rooms for Meetings, Conferences and Private Functions - 01785 619080

Derrick Gask (Artistic Programme Manager) Hire of Main Gatehouse Theatre Marketing and Programming - 01785 619090

Stuart Boyd (Operations Manager) Front of House, Box Office, Catering and all Facilities related enquiries - 01785 619091 

Tel: 01785 253595
Fax: 01785 225622
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