Our Venues

Our Venues

We have three venues that are located around the UK and all three offer a unique experience to all of our guests. With a range of plays, musicals and activities taking place, there is something for everybody. Find out more about our venues below. 

 

The Hawth Theatre - Crawley 

Located in 38 acres of woodland half a mile from the town centre, the Hawth is an arts and entertainments venue with a capacity for up to 855 people.

The main auditorium itself can be converted to accommodate exhibitions, parties, weddings, conferences and if required, a flat floor configuration. The stage is approximately 21 metres and 13 metres deep, and is equipped to an exemplary standard with full sound, lighting, flying and stage facilities.

The Studio provides a smaller 146-seater performance space, which hosts small scale contemporary theatre, dance, film, jazz, blues, folk and comedy. The space can also be converted to accommodate party nights, clubs and societies, social gatherings, cabaret seated events, workshops and rehearsals. It is also home to Curzon Cinema, bringing the best of blockbuster, art-house films and live and encore screenings from the stages of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and Royal Opera House in an intimate and comfortable setting.

There is an amphitheatre set in the woodland at the rear of the theatre where summer productions are often performed including productions of family shows and Shakespeare, as well as being used as a stage for Hawth Youth Theatre productions.

Other spaces include a permanent foyer exhibition space on two levels, an on-site restaurant 'Café Vita', two fully-licensed bars, and our sprung-floor dance studio which is home to our unique Sway Dance brand, providing regular classes and workshops in ballet, street dance, musical theatre, Yoga and Zumba. During the summer the grounds of the venue are used to host popular annual events including the Crawley Circus Festival, International Mela, Irish Festival, and the Crawley Folk and Real Ale Festival.

2016 will also see the creation of a new space building, with Parkwood Theatres and Crawley Borough Council discussing the creation of an Arts Academy in the venue to build on and extend the success of Sway Dance, The Hawth Choir, Perform classes and Hawth Youth Theatre.

The theatre is mainly used to house touring productions, and regularly hosts a wide variety of productions from West End musicals to ballet, opera, pantomime and family shows, music and stand up and prides itself on the sheer breadth and distinct quality of the show it receives for the people of Crawley and the south east.

 

The Hazlitt Theatre - Maidstone

The Hazlitt Theatre is the main theatre in Maidstone, Kent. Opened in 1955, it was named after William Hazlitt, the famous essayist who was born in the town.

The Theatre was refurbished in January 2014 and encompasses a wide ranging programme, specialising in children's and family shows, classic drama & plays, breakout comedians, small-scale touring musicals, unique variety acts and an annual Pantomime. It’s elegant bar, comfortable foyer and fully refurbished 400-seat auditorium makes it the perfect venue for you to enjoy your favourite up and coming entertainers & shows.

The Hazlitt theatre has a traditional proscenium-arch stage measuring approximately 6 metres wide and 8 metres deep. It is also equipped with an orchestra pit, fly tower, film screen and full state of the art lighting and sound facilities. There are five dressing rooms and a large scene dock for storage.

The venue is also home to the ubiquitous Hazlitt Youth Theatre – a professional & dedicated group of over 200 members who attend weekly workshops to devise and produce their own theatre performances.

 

The Playhouse Theatre - Weston-super-Mare

The Playhouse is a 664-seat theatre in Weston-super-Mare that hosts a varied programme of entertaining shows all year round, from comedians, tribute acts, family shows, pantomime, ballet & opera to musicals, mediums, magicians, musicians and more!

The Playhouse has previously hosted legends such as Frankie Howerd, Bob Monkhouse and Ken Dodd, and still draws the big names of comedy & light entertainment. The theatre also has an enviable reputation for outstanding variety acts that choose to perform at the Playhouse because of its history & prestige.

The stage measures approximately 18 metres wide by 9 metres deep, and can be extended by covering the orchestra pit. The Playhouse also has a dedicated bar & refreshment kiosks, a grand foyer.

Queen's Theatre - Barnstaple

Located in the centre of Barnstaple the Queen's Theatre is a friendly and welcoming 680-seat theatre which offers a lively and diverse programme of events to meet the entertainment, creative and educational requirements of its local and surrounding community.  

The Queen's high quality programme of professional and community events includes around 300 performances per year including music, drama, comedy, dance, musicals, film, children’s shows and pantomime.

In the summer of 2013 the theatre closed for major backstage refurbishment including a 23 line electric flying system (moving from 17 lines of three line hemp) and an electric orchestra pit, the theatre reopened on 14 September.

Find Us

Parkwood Theatres, A trading name of Parkwood Community Leisure,
Berkeley Drive, Bamber Bridge, Preston,
PR5 6BY