To maintain the security and safety of cast and crew, backstage access has to be restricted to those involved in the production. People meeting cast and crew should do so at the Stage door. Adhesive badges are issued to all crew members; anyone backstage other than cast and identified crew members will be asked to leave.
Cast and crew should not go front of house during the interval for safety reasons.
The stage door and the pass door to the auditorium are protected by an electronic code lock. The appropriate access codes for your production will be notified to you before the hire period.
The stage is flat with narrow wings and is backed by a curved white cyclorama. The flying lines and Stage Manager's corner are located on stage left. The prompt corner and scenery bay is on stage right. The proscenium opening is 27 feet wide and 17 feet high. The stage is 25 feet deep in total. The stage has a hardboard surface that measures 32 feet wide and 20 feet deep. Once side masking is set the stage width is 19 feet at the narrowest point.
The stage surface is painted with a matt emulsion, initially in a charcoal colour. If you require a particular stage colour this should be arranged with the technical director and sufficient time allowed to paint the stage at the end of a day. The stage must be returned to the standard charcoal colour at the end of a hire.
Scenery may not be screwed to the stage floor.
There are 4 backstage dressing rooms, all with interconnecting doors. All dressing rooms are equipped with mirrors with lights and washbasins.
Two dressing rooms measure 13' 6'' by 13' 2'' and can each accommodate 16 people, a further two dressing rooms are 8' 6'' by 13' 2'' and can each accommodate 9 people.
The Cellar below the stage may also be used as a changing area, although with more limited facilities.
The maximum number of people that can be accommodated backstage is 100 — this includes cast, crew, helpers and chaperones.
Orchestra Pit / Apron
The orchestra pit is 23 feet wide and extends 6 feet forward of the stage with a bayed front including a door into the auditorium. There are a number of power points available within the pit, as well as four (stage) lighting circuits. An apron can be fitted over the orchestra pit if required and this creates additional stage space in front of the main stage curtain measuring six feet at its maximum.
The fitting or removal of the apron is the responsibility of the hirer under the supervision of the stage manager. The apron must be lit using the front of house and roof based lighting as it is out of reach of the stage lighting. Follow-spots can light the apron except for any cast sitting very near the front.
There is a hot drinks and cold cans machine as well as a water cooler backstage for the use of cast and crew. It is not possible to have kettles or urns backstage due to the limited space available and safety requirements.
Ice creams can be ordered for the interval and bought backstage — to arrange this speak to the Front of House manager to obtain a form.