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NEWS FROM THE STABLES – updated 7th July 2020

News about production and events connected to the Stables (only) can published on this page. Please send information to   with subject  ‘News/website’, this will then be uploaded by a member of the team. To keep information current it will be removed after a month or immediately following the event, whichever is sooner.


Events Update

7th July 2020

 Some people are suffering the effects of Covid 19 in the most unthinkably heart breaking ways, thankfully theatre is ‘only’ experiencing financial loss.

Here at the Stables we have, for all intents and purposes, closed until Spring 2021 but between now and then we plan to start reopening the theatre in line with Government Guidelines, with outside events, socially distanced & streamed performances, reduced audiences, before once again playing to ‘full houses’. 

The Stables is lucky to have such a dedicated and generous group of Volunteers, Members and Patrons and we wanted to say a particular thank you to everyone for their continued support, this will help to secure the future of the Arts and Theatre in Hastings. 

Keep well and we look forward to seeing you back at the Stables very soon.

Stables Council 

18th June 2020

We look forward to seeing you all again as soon as possible!  

Everyone at the Stables hopes you are keeping well and wanted to let you know that during these challenging times we are doing everything to make our return as safe and as exciting as possible.


As you will already be aware we estimate the earliest full reopening of the theatre may not be until Spring 2021, but we have been working.

Our Box office Manager and Membership Secretary have now contacted all but a handful of ticket holders and we want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has donated or accepted vouchers in exchange for current tickets, it keeps the theatre in a very stable (sorry) position. The Council  will be discussing memberships next meeting.

There is still great uncertainty around the duration of social distancing requirements so as government guidelines allow we are planning to re-open in three stages.

Stage One – Outside – socially distanced performances.

Stage Two – Stage based – socially distanced performances – with no or reduced audience and live streaming.

Stage Three – full scale productions – with capacity audience.

We are currently working with health and safety representatives and industry professionals planning the management and safety for the entire theatre, this is extremely complicated.

So between now and the theatre re-opening fully there are going to be a variety of ‘one off’ events. Marketing, ticketing, productions, format will all look very different and we are taking this as an opportunity to move forward using the building as a community based theatre.

With all best wishes and our thanks for your support

Stables Council


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

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.

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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