Strode Theatre was built in 1963, has 343 seats and a proscenium arch stage. There are 194 seats in the stalls, all with level access and spread over centre and side stalls. There are 149 seats in the balcony, accessed only by flights of stairs, including a lower balcony and an upper balcony. If you need more leg room or you prefer to avoid stairs, we recommend stalls seats. Look out for the “i” on the seating plan which identifies any seats with restricted view or less leg room.
Wheelchair seats are available in the back row of the centre stalls, these have to be booked through the box office and are not available online.
The stage is used for both live theatre and cinema, with the large cinema screen stored in the fly tower above the stage.
The new Strode Studio opened in the autumn of 2015 and is located on the first floor. It is accessed by both lift and stairs and has 64 seats on a retractable seating unit. The Studio programme includes both films and live shows. The front row is at floor level and also accommodates wheelchairs which have to be booked through the box office. All other seats are accessed by shallow steps with a central aisle. The cinema screen is also retractable allowing the Studio to be used for rehearsals and classes as well as for small-scale shows and films. There are separate toilets on the first floor close to the Studio.
All the exhibitions of art at Strode Theatre are in the Foyer space, where the high walls and natural light offer a perfect exhibition space for traditional and contemporary art work by local and regional artists. The box office, toilets, bar and coffee bar are also located in the foyer space.
Events in Strode College venues are all listed as College. You may need to ask at the box office for details of the exact location for events and courses.