performance hire

The Squire Performing Arts Centre is a newly built flexible theatre space situated in the heart of Nottingham that offers a magical experience for performers and audience alike.

We have two main performance spaces for hire. Our Main House has a seated layout with 260 capacity across the stalls and circle. Part of the stalls level can be removed and reconfigured into a flat floor, creating a flexible performance space. The Weston Studio is a black box studio formed from our Main House stage and can seat 74 persons.

Fees and Charges


Main House

Weston Studio

Set up & Rehearsal period

All hours on site required by the hirer to unload, set up, rehearse, strike and clear their production.

Staff onsite:

Duty production manager

Show technician x 1

£85.00 (per hour)

£65.00 (per hour)

Performance period

From 90mins before curtain up until 60mins after curtain down

Staff onsite:

Duty Manager

Ushers x 4

Duty production manager

Show technician x 1

£150.00 (per hour)

£110.00 (per hour)

Excludes VAT

All advertised hire rates are subject to confirmation at the time of booking.

Fees and charges are reviewed and approved annually.

Inclusions of Hire

The hire is inclusive of the following:


  • Access to and use of the stage, auditorium, backstage, 2 x dressing rooms, green room and studio.
  • Access to and use of the front of house areas – foyer and breakout space
  • Set up of the basic layout required by the hirer
  • Utilities including water, electrics, lighting and heating
  • Complimentary access to in-house Wi-Fi
  • Cleaning on a daily basis of auditorium and all front of house and back stage areas. If you require cleaning outside of the specified time it will be recharged accordingly, and must be notified at time of booking. If your event requires additional cleaning, this will need to be discussed at the time of your booking.


  • Duty Production Manager to co-ordinate the running and safety of the performance and backstage area. They will not be operating any part of the show. They will be based at a stage position for the duration of a performance in order to comply with our fire evacuation policy. Their role is solely to assist in the running of your show and to ensure that safe working practices are adhered to at all times.
  • Show technician to operate lighting OR sound for your performance.
  • Any additional required staff required to run your show will be recharged and needs to be discussed at the time of booking.
  • The Standard House technical rig
  • The House PA
  • Use of all technical ‘stock’ items

Audience Management

  • For all performances the Theatre will provide a Duty Manager and the number of FOH staff legally required to ensure the safety of the audience in the event of an emergency evacuation. This staffing level will be advised to the Hirer. Any staff requested in addition to this need to be discussed prior to booking and charges will be advised.

The hire does not include the following:

  • Second show technician. We can source and recharge one for you should you require us to.
  • The Theatre does not provide security staff. If a hirer feels that security staff are required, this needs to be discussed at the time of booking, and will be at the cost of the Hirer;
  • Hire of the bar facilities
  • The Theatre does not provide, and is not responsible for, chaperones or any other direct supervision of the company or audience, eg children and animals.
  • Specialist technical equipment


Business Hire

We have a range of rooms and spaces that can be hired for a wide variety of events, from conferences, AGMs, photoshoots, product launches and meetings. Our unique offer blends the creative with the commercial to create bespoke packages for business clients that connect with our vision.

Make an enquiry

To enquire about hiring the space as a venue for your business or performance needs please complete the form.

We aim to respond to all enquiries with 2 business days.