Stoke-on-Trent may be world-famous for its pottery, but it’s home to some great theatres, too. Whether you want to see a concert, play, ballet or a film, you’re sure to be entertained when visiting Stoke.
The city’s best-known theatres include:
Known for its 1929 Art Deco style, the Regent Theatre was initially a cinema. After serving as a top cinema and hall for music lovers, the theatre went dark in the 1980s. In 1999, the Regent reopened after extensive refurbishment.
Today, the theatre hosts musicals, touring plays, operas, comedy shows and more. It serves as a top touring venue and hosts productions from West End and Broadway.
The theatre is located in Stoke-on-Trent City Centre, and is easily accessible via the M6 and A50. Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone or at the box office.
The Regent does not offer parking, but parking is available near the theatre. Bars are also available inside for guests who want a pre- or post-show drink.
Housed in a Grade II listed building, the Victoria Hall theatre was first built in 1888 in celebration of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. While the building has undergone extensive renovation over the years, the original Conacher organ is still in place.
The building now has a new façade and front-of-house facilities to better serve guests. The 1400-seat auditorium now serves as one of the top comedy and music venues in the country. Victoria Hall also plays host to dance and children’s shows.
The venue has played host to several great acts, including KT Tunstall, Paul Weller, Mitchell & Webber, Joan Rivers, Bloc Party, Russell Brand and more.
Located in the city centre, Victoria Hall is easily accessible via the M6 and A50. The theatre is just a 10-minute taxi or bus ride from the Stoke-on-Trent railway station.
Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone or at the box office.
New Vic Theatre
The New Vic Theatre is one of Stoke’s most successful producing theatres, and attracts more than 150,000 people each year. The theatre boasts an award-winning community programme and education work. New Vic’s programme features international-class work delivered with the local audience in mind.
The theatre first opened in 1986, and was the first in Europe to be built in-the-round.
New Vic was the first theatre outside of London to be named a National Theatre Studio Affiliate. The theatre’s productions of Dracula and Around the World in Eighty Days has been critically acclaimed.
The theatre is easily accessible via the M6 at Junctions 15 & 16 or the A500. Bus stops are located right outside the theatre for those taking public transport. New Vic also has its own fully-staffed car park for added convenience.
Guests can stop in to the on-site café for a meal or drink before or after the show. The cafe serves home-cooked food and uses locally-sourced produce whenever possible.
Stoke on Trent Repertory Theatre
The Stoke on Trent Repertory Theatre dates back to 1920 with a group of young amateur theatre enthusiasts. In 1923, the group began calling itself the Stoke-on-Trent Repertory Players, and they put on productions in the following years in several venues, including the King’s Hall and Theatre Royal Hanley.
The group found its first home on the top floor of Webberley’s Bookshop with seating for 100, and stayed there for three years.
After changing homes a few times over the years, the company finally opened a 235-seat theatre in 1997 on Leek Road in Stoke-on-Trent.
The theatre company is still thriving today after more than nine decades.
Stoke on Trent Repertory Theatre is located on Leek Road and hosts several local productions throughout the year.
Stoke Film Theatre
The Film Theatre in Stoke shows a wide range of films, including foreign, independent and some mainstream releases. The facility focuses on showing films that have received a limited release or have not been shown at all.
The theatre has been registered as a charity since 1975, and features a 213-seat auditorium. A bar is also available on-site that serves a wide range of spirits, coffee, wines, beers, soft drinks and confectionery.
The Stoke Film Theatre is located in the Stoke Campus of Staffordshire University inside the Flaxman Building. The theatre is just a short walk from the Stoke Railway station and is adjacent to a university car park.
Tickets can be purchased in advanced, and admission is low-cost. Concessions are also available for senior citizens, NUS members, children and those who are unemployed.
The theatre has its own car park, known as Beacon Car Park. Disabled parking is also available in the car park, which is just a short distance from the theatre with ample room for all guests.