BOX OFFICE: 01424 423221

General news and information

Neil Sellman, chairman of the Stables Theatre and Arts Centre in Hastings Old Town.

10th October 2020


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 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

October 2020

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) Masks Must be worn when moving around the theatre but can be taken off whilst seated

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

Dear All

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.

We very much look forward to welcoming you back to the Stables, please watch our website and Facebook pages for up to date information.
Keep well
Stables Council

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

Whiskey and Soda

Friday 14th & Saturday 15th August 2020

The Queen of Madagascar

Thursday 19th & Friday 20th November 2020

The Other Man

Friday 26th & Saturday 27th February 2021


Tales from Wales

Tuesday 4th August – Saturday 8th August 2020

Blue Stockings

Friday 11th September – Saturday 19th September 2020

Here at Last is Love

Wednesday 23rd – Sunday 26th September 2020

An Englishman in Patagonia

Sunday 11th October 2020

My Old Lady

Friday 30th October – Saturday 7th November 2020


Monday 9th November 2020


Wednesday 27th January – Saturday 6th February 2021

8th April 2020
All dates shown for the above productions are provisional. The Box Office will re-open as soon as social isolation rules are relaxed. See individual events for further information.
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:
During 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.

16th March 2020 – Following today’s announcement by the Prime Minister the Stables will be
closed whilst we review the current situation ….. we will be
looking at procedures for show postponement and cancellation, ticket refund
and  alternatives. Cast members you will hear from your directors…..
patrons and volunteers we will advertise decisions and procedures as widely
as possible …… please keep well’
We have taken the decision to postpone acting classes at Silverlea Play Reading Group.
Book Club – Please keep in touch with your friends at the Stables –  we are here to help out.

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.

Outside Productions

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)









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