Theatre Hire

Waterside has two performance spaces avaliable for hire, as well as a number of spaces suitable for rehearsals and workshops.  Whether it's a theatre production, music gig, awards ceremony or rehearsal, Waterside has a space to fit your needs.  The in house technical and front of house teams are on hand to ensure your event is a success. 

To enquire about venue hire for performances please use the enquiry form here.

Or email [email protected]

Or call 0161 912 3110

Robert Bolt Theatre

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The Robert Bolt Theatre is a modern, versatile, mid-scale performance space.It is a superb venue for theatre performances to audiences of up to 346. The raked seating, which folds when unoccupied, has an easy access central isle and no obstructed views. The staging is customizable and removable, making it fully adaptable to each production. The theatre can also meet the technical demands of any performance.

The theatre is equipped with a high-spec PA system and lighting rig which are operated by in house lighting and sound technicians. For the hard of hearing, there is a Hearing Loop System and three professional dressing rooms with light-ringed mirrors are on hand for the cast.The versatility of the space means it can be transformed from a theatre into either a gig venue or a hall for parties and ceremonies.

The seats can be removed to create a natural wood floor standing space for 500.

Robert Bolt Theatre Capacity:

  • Seated - 346
  • Standing - 500
  • Conference - 120
  • Banqueting - 120

Dressing Rooms (max capacity)

  • Dressing Room 1 - 30
  • Dressing Room 2 - 20
  • Dressing Room 3 - 30

The Chambers

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The Chambers is Waterside’s small performance space.  A venue bursting with atmosphere, charm and character, the grand, stately room has been immaculately preserved since the 1930s when it was built to host the meetings of Trafford Council. The Chambers has been recently fitted with a lighting rig and PA system, making it the perfect space for intimate performances of theatre and comedy, as well as folk gigs and chamber music concerts.

The Chambers Capacity:

  • Theatre style - 110
  • Cabaret - 70

The Studio

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The Studio is a smart, carpeted corner room available for classes and workshops. Perfect as a rehearsal space, it is brightly lit by three large floor to ceiling windows which overlook Sale town centre. Tables and chairs can be arranged or removed to suit.  Studio A is next door to The Chambers and can be used as a green room for performances in there.

Box Office

Our Box Office can provide telephone, online and in person ticket sales for your event.


Our in house technicians are on hand to support your event.  For technical specifications for our spaces please see the Technical and Audio Visual Pages.

To enquiry about hiring Waterside's performance spaces please use the Enquiry Form here.