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General Information

Hiring - General Information

The main body of the auditorium has 244 seats with a central aisle and 2 side aisles. The balcony has 118 seats in 3 blocks with 2 aisles. There are 2 wheelchair spaces at the rear of the stalls. The total seating capacity is 365.

Box Office
The Joseph Rowntree Theatre provides a box office service as part of the hire agreement. Hirers will be asked to provide ticketing information in advance of the production and the theatre will organise and arrange the sale of tickets. We will ask you to provide your ticketing information as part of our booking process. Please discuss any specific requests please speak to our box office director as soon as possible after confirming your booking.

Front of House
Sweets, soft drinks and ice creams are available before the performance and during the interval. The front of house space is limited, and no other selling can take place in the foyer area. Toilets for audience members' use are located near the main entrance to the theatre in the foyer. In addition, an accessible toilet is located off the corridor along the right hand side of the auditorium.

Free car parking for the audience and cast is available within a short walk of the theatre.

Opening Times
On performance nights, the theatre opens its doors to patrons 30 minutes before the start of the show. The stage manager unlocks the building to allow cast and crew access via the stage door at the agreed hire time, which is normally 90 minutes before the start of your performance.

The management board has a team of volunteers who help at the theatre in a number of different ways.

The technical team will consist of resident volunteer stage managers for the organisation and safety of your production, and they will control your production in respect of flying and lighting. We will provide the number of volunteers required for the effective staging of your production.

Volunteer stewards will be present at all public performances to assist with the management of front of house facilities and they will guide people to their seats. Our stewards can sell your programmes for you, and we will provide cash floats for this purpose.

During a performance there will be two volunteer duty managers/board members present front of house to oversee arrangements and coordinate the front of house volunteers.

Theatre Plans & Information

The following plans are provided in PDF format to help you make the most of your hire of the theatre.

The following information should be passed on to your cast, stage crew, band members and anyone else involved in your production.