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Community Programming Enquiries


Part of community life here since 1926 when it operated as a cinema and music hall, saved from demolition in 1990 and converted into this vibrant arts centre by a group of committed volunteers.

The Playhouse is always full of life, it is a vibrant arts centre and still at the heart of this community. We welcome all ages, all audience types, professional and amateur performers. Forty per cent of the programme is dedicated to community performances, lectures, showcases and events. Community and school groups receive a special discounted rate to hire the Playhouse.

Who is a Community group?

A group whose core membership reside in and whose activities operate within the Alnwick District. We currently have a hugely populated programme for community so places are limited.

Below are some of the groups who regularly appear in the Playhouse programme.
Alnwick Music Society, Alnwick Stage Musical Society, Alnwick Theatre Club, Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band, Alnwick Choral Society, Alnwick & District Flower Club, Alnwick & District Camera Club, Alnwick Academy of Dance, Northern Sinfonietta, Duchess’s Community High School, Alnwick & District Sports Award, Tradfest.

If you have a community production or event which you think would fit well the Playhouse community programme then please send us an initial query via email to
It always helps to consider which seasonal programme you are making a request for and please note the brochure release dates.


Hiring the Playhouse for community performances.

Community hire of the Playhouse is at a reduced rate as stated above. You would pay the Playhouse a minimum hire charge and a percentage of the box office whichever is the greater on the evening.


Hire Charges for mid-week Tuesday – Thursday. (Guide prices)
£500 minimum per performance plus VAT versus a 70%/30% box office split in favour of the artist.
Hire Charges for Friday or Saturday
£550 minimum per performance plus VAT versus a 70%/30% box office split in favour of the artist.

Please note PRS (Performing Rights Society) and Box Office fees would need to be paid at rates applicable.