Hiring Brentwood Theatre

Brentwood Theatre was built with the main purpose of providing a professional venue for the non-professional music and drama groups from Brentwood, Havering and beyond.

Brentwood Theatre is owned and maintained by a registered charity, Brentwood Theatre Trust. We employ minimal staff who are supported by a huge number of volunteers which enables us to keep our costs as low as possible, whilst continuing to invest in good facilities for the community to use.

This means that our resources are limited but despite that, it is our aim to provide a good service to anyone who may wish to hire the Theatre.

If you wish to see the shows that have been presented here, then you can download this excel file which has been collated from all of the posters in our archives. It is not 100% comprehensive as groups do not always produce posters, and sometimes they may get misfiled too, but it is a good start. As it is in excel, you can download the file and use the search function if you are looking for a show or group.

If you wish to obtain copies of any of the posters, there will be a reasonable retrieval and copying charge levied.


With over forty groups counting us as their 'home' our diary is under pressure and we will take bookings for 'this year' and 'next year'.

You can view our 2017 diary, last updated on 10 May 2017
by clicking here

You can view our 2018 diary, last updated on 10 May 2017 by clicking here

Please contact our Production Manager, David Zelly by email or by calling 01277 230833 to confirm if a date you require is still available, and to arrange for booking forms to be sent out to you.

Special hire offer - The One Night Stand

We are pleased to be offering you once more a chance to grab an evening to book in a show here on special terms - but we have very few days free!

We call it our One Night Stand.

Have you an idea for a show that you are itching to try? Perhaps it was a New Years Resolution or even on your Bucket List to be the star of a show.

Well, here is your chance.

How about an open mic night? Close-up magic? Poetry? A song recital? A 'difficult' play that you could present as a rehearsed reading? Or perhaps you teach in a local school and are looking for somewhere affordable for your drama club to perform at?

You can hire us for any of the dates listed below, either the Main House or The Audrey Longman Studio for a reduced fixed fee, have some free hours to rehearse your show, and then put on that performance.

(To be updated) The cost is £75 including VAT for the Studio, or £350 including VAT for the Main House. Each hirer is limited to one day per month.

If you are interested, please call David on 01277 230833.

Information downloads - Hirers Pack and tariffs
If we are looking to hire Brentwood Theatre, we suggest that you download our general Information Pack which outlines the services that we provide as part of your standard hire fee (including Box Office, assistance with selling your show, technical support etc) as well as providing an aide-memoire to 'everything' you need to consider when producing your show. To download a copy, please click here

Once you have booked in your show with us, we will provide a further pack with ideas, tips and advice on how to sell your production and how we can work with you to maximise sales. Remember, you pay us a hire fee, which means that money earned from any additional sales is YOURS to invest in your show.

If you wish to download to use this QR on your literature, please click here to download

To add your show to The Press Association database please click here.

Child Protection : Body of Persons If you have young people taking part in your show, you will need a licence from Essex County Council. This information pack will help you with the full guidance, please ask the Theatre for further information.

To download please click here These are for guidance, further information is available from the Production Office.
Hiring rates
Our rates start at £58 plus VAT for non-professional companies (ie those who are community enterprises). Please click on the following to download our full tariff and Terms and Conditions

Non Professional hirers - tariff

Professional hirers - tariff

Corporate hirers - tariff

Terms and conditions - page 1

Terms and conditions - page 2

Terms and conditions - page 3

Once you have booked a date, to download a booking form, please click here.

Health and Safety
Please click here to read our generic risk assessments. It is the responsibility of our Hirers to know the generic content of these risk assessments and to produce your own risk assessments specific to the activities you will be carrying out during your hire period. If you have any queries on this very important matter, please contact our Trust Director with responsibility for Health and Safety Peter Mayo giving him plenty of notice of your enquiry.

Seating plans, lighting rigs etc
To view a virtual tour of the main auditorium, The Audrey Longman Studio and The Spotlight Bar, please click here

For a copy of our standard lighting rig please click here and for our patch chart please click here - and here - details of our sound system and our various seating plans (there are many) will be available shortly on this website : in the meantime please contact David Zelly on 01277 230833.

Below are a few pictures of our auditorium, in various layouts. Please click on each to see a larger copy. PLEASE NOTE that in February 2014 new retractable seats were installed, increasing capacity - we will upload new photos shortly.

In conference seating format, approx 150 seats plus speakers' platform.

Set out for cabaret style, with tables. Approx 130 seats.

In cabaret style with full lighting.

The main block of seating (96, including one staff seat) as viewed from the main stage.

A three sided format around a central stage, approx 130 seats

Our maximum format, 176 seats, leaving a central performance space of approx six metres square, seats on three sides.

To see a copy of the plan of the whole Ground Floor please click here and for a copy of the Main Auditorium layout please click here

Seating Layouts

Please click on the links below to downbload PDFs of our seating plans.

Main Block (113 seats) please click here

Main Block with slips (135 seats) please click here

Main Block with additional side block (147 seats) please click here

Smokefree July 2007 The Board of Brentwood Theatre Trust has chosen to make the entire venue entirely smoke free, including on-stage. For a copy of our policy please click here

Please note that the entire Hermitage Site became no-smoking in September 2012.

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