News and Information
5th January 2021
Following the announcement from Downing Street last evening the Stables will remain closed for performances in front of an audience until further notice. At present, rehearsals and performances for live streaming (without an audience) is allowed. We would like to thank all our volunteers and audience patrons for their support during a very difficult 2020 and look forward to welcoming you all back to the theatre as soon we are allowed and it is safe to do so. Keep well.’
17th December 2020
Well once again the Stables Theatre will go dark as we enter tier three, but not before one last show ……. with such a great team at the theatre … techies / FOH / box office and performers have pulled together and we have managed to reschedule Saturday’s performance to tomorrow, Friday 18/12/20 @ 7.30pm. Audience members have been informed …. we have five returns … box office opens at 10.30am tomorrow….. 01424 423221….we will then be closed for live performances in front of an audience until we re-emerge from tier three. (now four).
27th November 2020
Well it looks like third time lucky for The Stables and we will be re-opening for our December season. Booking for ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’, ‘Leading Ladies’ and ‘May I Have a Festive Moment’ will open on 4th December and will be by phone only, 01424 423221, A message can be left on the answerphone with ticket request and a member of the box office team will call you back.
Attending Performances at the Stables Theatre.
Booking for this show will close the day before the performance to allow us time to produce a guest list with your booking requirements and the ‘track and trace’ details required. (Which will be destroyed after 21 days)
The box office will not be open the evening of the show. Our Front of House team will be at the Theatre to welcome you.
In Line with ‘Tier Two’ restrictions the bar will NOT be open for these shows.
The event will be a single act and approximately 60/75 minutes in length
There will be no interval
Audience members/ guests will be asked a number of symptom based questions and may have their temperature checked on arrival. If there is any cause for concern you will be asked not to attend the performance and the cost of your ticket will be refunded within 7 days.
As far as possible there will be a one way system throughout the theatre. Please follow this. Areas of the building may be closed to audience members except in the case of emergency and the need to evacuate the theatre.
In Line with ‘Tier Two’ restrictions, Masks must be worn at all times at the theatre (Unless you have an exemption – it would be helpful if you would advise us of this when booking)
There will be reduced toilet facilities.
We hope these added precautions will make you feel safe when visiting the Stables and that you are able to relax and enjoy the performance.
We will be reviewing these guidelines moving forward into 2021. If you have any comments/ observations following your visit to the Stables please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
14th October 2020
Successful Grant Award
The Stables is delighted to have received a grant from the #CultureRecoveryFund, enabling the theatre to continue with its current plan of developing community engagement within Hastings and St Leonards. #HereForCulture. Thank you to ACE and DCMS. Supporting inclusion and diversity is vital in such difficult times and the grant will allow us to continue with a ‘soft’ re-opening in November 2020 to, hopefully, a fullopening in March 2021.
This grant is a fantastic lifeline and secures not just the future for the theatre but recognises the presence the Stables is forging in the local community.
13th October 2020
Updated Visitor Information
General understanding as to how coronavirus is transmitted and current Government guidelines have led us to put the following rules in place for the safety of the volunteers and patrons of The Stables Theatre. These rules may be different to other venues, they are not exhaustive and may be changed if and when government guidelines do.
We hope by adding the following precautions you will be able to relax and enjoy events at The Stables Theatre.
For the foreseeable future advertising of events will be online and via email only. Flyers and our ‘What’s On’ will not be produced to reduce chance of transmission.
Booking for each show will be open for a limited period prior to the performance. This is to reduce the risk of disappointment should the show need to be cancelled due to changes in government guidelines.
When booking, seats will be allocated by box office staff to allow for social distancing. You will receive a confirmation email of the seats you have booked as usual.
Booking for each show will close the day before the performance to allow us time to produce a guest list with your, seat numbers, drink requirements and the ‘track and trace’ details required. These details must be kept for twenty one days and then destroyed.
Booking can only be made by telephone using a credit or debit card.
Any drinks required should be ordered and paid for when booking tickets.
To adhere to the rule of six, the box office will not be open the evening of the show. Our Front of House team will be at the Theatre to welcome you.
During a booking period messages can be left on the box office answerphone and a member of the team will call you back to confirm and pay for your booking.
Full details on shows booking can be found on this website.
To adhere to the rule of six the bar will not be open during performances. Drinks can be ordered, paid for when booking your tickets and will be waiting for you on your arrival.
Currently shows at the theatre will be:-
Single act and approximately 60/75 minutes in length
There will be no interval
Audience members/ guests will be asked a number of symptom based questions and may have their temperature checked on arrival. If there is any cause for concern you will be asked not to attend the performance and the cost of your ticket will be refunded within seven days.
As far as possible there will be a one way system throughout the theatre. Areas of the building may be closed to audience members except in the case of emergency and the need to evacuate the theatre.
Government guidelines have been updated to include the wearing of masks at all times in entertainment venues, this includes the Stables Theatre. Masks can be removed to drink.
There will be reduced toilet facilities.
We hope these added precautions will make you feel safe when visiting the Stables and the at you are able to relax and enjoy the performance, We will be reviewing these guidelines moving forward into 2021. If you have any comments/ observations following your visit to the Stables please let us know by emailing email@example.com
Deputy for Membership Secretary
During the next year we have plans to extend membership ‘benefits’ and are looking for someone with skills to assist and deputise for our membership secretary. So if you think this is could be you please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
10th October 2020
THE STABLES THEATRE TRUST APPEAL
We hope that you are able to continue to support us by giving us your old jewellery for recycling! This has proved in the past to be a simple way for you to support our Theatre.
PLEASE GIVE ANY UNWANTED JEWELLERY – can include cuff links, watches in fact any items you no longer wear. Damaged , broken and incomplete items will also help, so all the earrings and broken chains are a great start. We take them to auction and the funds received can help with the deficit which we are facing due to the enforced closure of the Theatre .
Items can then be left at the Stables Theatre, Monday, Wednesday or Friday 10am – 12 noon or you can telephone Joan Pearce on 01424 421053 and she will collect your donation from your home.
THE STABLES TRUST LIMITED
ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL OF MANAGEMENT:
The Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary stand for one year and Vice-Chairmen and Members of the Council stand for two years, on a rotating basis.
The following nominations were received at the AGM
Chairman Neil Sellman
Vice-Chairman Cliff Brooker
Vice Chairman Tim Pearce
Hon. Secretary Harriet Davey
Hon. Treasurer Henri Hayler
These officers have been re-elected unopposed.
28th September 2020 – EGM
33 Members attended
Apologies received from four members
Members nominated for two council positions Heather Alexander, Yvonne Rees, Andrew White
The following were CONFIRMED elected to the TWO vacancies:
Yvonne Rees and Andrew White
Here are the rules/ guidelines we are working to whilst trying to re-open the Stables.
We have been working hard to get the Stables ready for re-opening. November and December should see the start of this with socially distanced Plays and Musical events.
Great ideas are coming in from the membership for the future productions but just to give you some idea of the planning and some of the complexities involved:-
1) As an amateur theatre we have to work within the rule of six – Only six people can involved In the production – this includes cast/ stage manager/ technicians and front of house. These people need to be socially distanced at all times – unless in a bubble – the main three rules for social distancing are a) hand sanitisation b) wearing of mask c) 2m distance.
2) Performers also need to be socially distanced On stage – with no sharing of props or furniture etc – unless in a ‘bubble’ – (this is a whole area that needs to be respected under current guidelines and will restrict the type and size of performances at the theatre)
3) The audience will be socially distanced from each other – which will mean a reduced number.
We are also adding in the following measures/ guidelines
1) Seating will be either tiered or cabaret style both socially distanced.
2) The performance/ event will be one act – 60-75 minutes with no interval – This has allowed us to make arrangements for drinks to be Served before the performance starts and for the bar staff to leave the building so they are not included in the six.
3) Only limited areas of the theatre will be accessible to the audience I.e. meaning reduced toilet facilities
4) to keep volunteers safe, reduce the possible incidents of refunding ticket costs due to changes in government guidelines and collect all the information for track and trace – booking will only be made over the phone, booking will Close day before performance – No walkups as the Boxoffice will not be open on the evening of performance.
5) You will be asked to book and pay for any drinks required at the same time As booking tickets.
6) A guest list Will be produced for each show, used by FOH manager and kept for the required period to comply with track and trace.
7) We would ask that you only attend the performance if you are feeling well. On arrival audience members will be asked some simple health questions and may have their temperature taken – if there are concerns about a guests health then they will be asked to leave the building and their ticket will be refunded.
8)Whenever possible there will be a one way system throughout the theatre.
9) Government guidelines have been updated to include the wearing of masks at all times in entertainment venues, this includes the Stables Theatre. Masks can be removed to drink.
This is by no means an exhaustive list and We are trying to make the re-opening of the theatre straightforward, ‘comfortable’ and as safe for everyone as possible
3rd June 2020
As Youth Theatre has been cancelled this year, Niall and Barbara have devised and are now inviting you to access ‘Schools Connect Shakespeare.
28th May 2020
Firstly we hope this email finds you all well and safe.At our monthly Council meeting on Tuesday evening it was decided with great sadness, that due to current circumstances, we will be keeping the Stables Theatre closed for an extended period. Until we have further clarification from the government we are unsure how long this is going to be, but we estimate the earliest full reopening may not be until Spring 2021.
From 1st June 2020 ticket holders will be contacted, we will be offering a voucher – to be used at the theatre anytime, a refund or the opportunity to donate the value of your ticket to the theatre and production you were coming to see. We are very much hoping that all the productions planned for this season will go ahead at some point. The Council is also looking at a policy for recognising the loss of membership during this period. We really appreciate your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.
During our ‘dark’ time and within government guidelines we will be undertaking essential maintenance as well as looking at ways we can use the building and theatre for ‘one off’ events. So as the government lifts lockdown we may be able to mount such events as workshops, poetry evenings, open the bar, talks, lectures and small scale productions with a reduced audience. Again this can only be achieved within government guidelines and social distancing.
At the online Council meeting Tuesday evening, 28/4/20, there was further discussion regarding the current situation with Coronavirus and its impact on the Stables Theatre.
We have three plans in place for the Theatre – short, medium and long term. They all take into account that lockdown will probably not end for everyone at the same time and that a majority of the people linked with the Stables may well be in “high risk” groups.
Please keep watching our online platforms for current information; any major announcements will also be emailed to members. We feel that we are in a “good” position, which in the main is due to our dedicated Volunteers and Theatre patrons.
Thank you all for your understanding and patience and please keep well …. let us know if we can help in anyway, messages are regularly picked up from the box office.
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the Theatre.
The Stables Council of Management
27th April 2020
We can confirm that Annie’s 3rd May Boot Sale is cancelled.
Rescheduled Dates: (click on Titles for further details).
New Writing Festival
Submissions for next year
Open 7th April to 4th May 2020
Tuesday 11th & Wednesday 12th August 2020
Friday 14th & Saturday 15th August 2020
Thursday 19th & Friday 20th November 2020
Friday 26th & Saturday 27th February 2021
Tuesday 4th August – Saturday 8th August 2020
Friday 11th September – Saturday 19th September 2020
Wednesday 23rd – Sunday 26th September 2020
Sunday 11th October 2020
Friday 30th October – Saturday 7th November 2020
Monday 9th November 2020
Wednesday 27th January – Saturday 6th February 2021
7th April 2020
Attention all playwrights (or aspiring playwrights):Due to the overwhelming response and success of our first endeavour into co producing a new play for the stage, the Stables Theatre is now accepting new play submissions, of which at least one will be performed at the Stables Theatre in 2021. The only criteria is that the play must not have ever been performed in public and you have not previously submitted it to the Stables Theatre. Both one-act and full length plays will be accepted. The deadline is midnight on 04-May is 2020.Plays should be submitted in either WORD or PDF format. Please send to Tim Kendrick: email@example.comDuring the summer a small play reading committee will meet and that group will choose two plays from all those submitted. These two plays will then be given a public reading at The Stables in either late 2020 or early 2021, with a full-blown production scheduled for at least one of the two in late 2021. (If you would like to join our new play reading committee, please also email Tim Kendrick with your interest.)
29th March 2020
Art Gallery – Exhibition’Time and Tide’ has been postponed and is now due to be exhibited at the Stables Art Gallery during October and November 2020
19th March 2020 –
To further clarify we have started on our programme of rescheduling shows and will be offering patrons the opportunity to transfer their bookings to a new date.
If this is not possible you will be offered;
a) An alternative show
b) A Gift voucher
c) An opportunity to donate the cost of your ticket to the theatre
d) A refund
As we are dealing with a number of different events and companies and we want to start the process of rescheduling and rebooking as soon as possible, we have taken the decision to treat shows individually. People who have made multiple bookings throughout the season will need to be contacted on more than one occasion, we apologies for this inconvenience.
Information on the status of individual shows will be shown on our website as it becomes available.
Information on shows to date
Blue Stockings is postponed new dates to be confirmed
My Old Lady has been postponed new dates to be confirmed
Assassins has been postponed new dates to be confirmed
Antony and Cleopatra – cancelled – Patrons for this show have been contacted.
18th March 2020 – The Stables Theatre Box Office will be closed until further notice.
In light of the current situation we are looking at rescheduling our 2020 programme, this will include postponing and sadly cancelling some of the productions planned at the theatre. Once our proposed New Season is agreed ticket holders will be contacted directly with the offer to transfer or receive a refund on their ticket.
Further tickets for the New Season will not be available to the general public until shows goes back into rehearsal.
Regular updates will appear on Stables online platforms. Our answerphone will be checked regularly so if you have any concerns please leave a message 01424 423221 with contact details and we will get back to you. Please watch our website for updates on individual shows.
We thank you all for your understanding and please keep well.
15th March 2020 – During this period of uncertainty the Stables Theatre needs to balance safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our volunteers & patrons with the presence of Theatre and Arts within the community and all in line with the guidelines imposed from Government.
The situation is changing daily and at present we do not know the extent to which public gatherings are going to be curtailed, we need to make sensible, rationally timed decisions.
The theatre is responding practically with the introduction of hand sanitizers and notices throughout the building. There may be times in the next few months when the box office is closed for face to face bookings. Online booking is always open or a phone message can be left.
Please do not feel disrespected if during this period we ask you not to attend the theatre if you feel at all unwell or leave the theatre if you display obvious symptoms. Our priority is to protect.
For our volunteers who need to self-isolate, please keep In touch with friends from the theatre, we at the theatre are here to support each other in whatever way we can.
‘Refunds & Cancelations Policy
Stables Theatre Plays
If the Stables Theatre cancels a performance of one of its plays then the audience member will be offered a refund or ticket for another performance of this or any other Stables play which appears on the booking plan.
If an audience member is unable to attend a performance for personal reasons then they can be offered a ticket for another performance of this or any other Stables play which appears on the booking plan. There will be no refund given.
If the Stables Theatre or Production Company cancels a performance then the audience member will be offered a refund or alternative ticket.
If an audience member is unable to attend a performance for personal reasons then they can be offered an alternative ticket for this or any other performance that appears on the booking plan. There will be no refund given but there may be a request for payment if the ticket selected is a higher price.
The theatre will be following closely advice from the Government as you will appreciate this is a constantly changing situation. So please keep yourself updated through Facebook and our website (news)