Thameside Theatre

Box office tickets

You can call our box office on 0345 300 5264 from Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm, and Saturdays between 10am and 1pm. Our box office counter will not be opening until further notice.

Thameside Complex hire charges

The Thameside is available for hire, offering you a first class customer experience.

Thameside Theatre hire

Thameside Theatre hosts hundreds of performances each year. Its stage is 9m wide and 8m deep, set in a gently sloping curved auditorium that offers excellent views from all seats. The auditorium has 315 seats – front left seats can be removed to make a space for musicians playing live.

A licensed bar, a sweet kiosk serving hot and cold drinks, and an ice cream tray service at the interval are all included as part of the hire.

Monday to Saturday between 6pm and 11pm we charge a fixed price for the full 5-hour block. Charges are by the hour before 6pm, after 11pm and on Sundays.

There is an additional one-off charge of £150 for each performance with an audience present.

All prices in the table below include VAT at the standard rate.

Day 9am to 6pm hire 6pm to 11pm hire After 11pm hire
Monday £184.80 per hour £674.40 for up to 5 hours £250.80 per hour
Tuesday £184.80 per hour £674.40 for up to 5 hours £250.80 per hour
Wednesday £184.80 per hour £674.40 for up to 5 hours £250.80 per hour
Thursday £184.80 per hour £674.40 for up to 5 hours £250.80 per hour
Friday £192 per hour £1,081.20 for up to 5 hours £277.20 per hour
Saturday £210 per hour £1,466.40 for up to 5 hours £410.40 per hour
Sunday £247.20 per hour £247.20 per hour for a minimum of 3 hours £410.40 per hour

The off-peak charges below apply only during January, February and August – they include VAT at the standard rate.

Day 9am to 6pm hire 6pm to 11pm hire After 11pm hire
Monday £75.60 per hour £326.40 for up to 5 hours £172.80 per hour
Tuesday £75.60 per hour £326.40 for up to 5 hours £172.80 per hour

Ticket printing

We can print tickets for you to sell for your event. Prices include VAT at the standard rate.

Type Charge
Thameside Theatre events – up to 315 tickets when we are not acting as the box office £25
Thameside Theatre events – additional batches of up to 315 tickets when we are not acting as a box office £12.50
External site events – 500 tickets when we are not acting as the box office £50
External site events – additional batches of up to 500 tickets when we are not acting as a box office £25

Thameside Theatre bar and foyer area for weddings, parties and conferences

This open area is available for hire between 9am and 11pm, Monday to Saturday. It has 60 seats and capacity for up to 200 people standing.

Prices include front of house and bar staff. Music, sounds, lights and technical staff can be hired at additional cost – please ask for details.

Day 9am to 11pm hire
Monday to Saturday £50 plus £15 per hour
Sunday Not available

Thameside 2 room

Our Thameside 2 room on the third floor of the Thameside Complex is available for hire between 9am and 11pm. There is capacity to seat 45 people, or up to 16 people in a classroom-style. The room has its own projector.

Commercial hirers can choose either to take our insurance cover for an additional 9% of the hire charge, or to provide a copy of their own liability and building damage insurance.

Day 9am to 11pm hire
Monday to Saturday £21 per hour
Sunday, if the theatre is in use £21 per hour

Thameside Complex ground floor gallery

Our ground floor gallery space can be used for exhibitions. There is no insurance cover on its use because the area is unsecured.

Exhibition type Hire charge
Exhibition with no sales £25 cash deposit to be refunded on the last day of the hire period
Exhibition with sales £25 cash deposit to be refunded on the last day of the hire period

Thameside Theatre technical equipment

Your hire price includes:

  • stage lighting
  • sound desk
  • wired microphones
  • 2 technicians – one for stage and one for lighting upstairs

You can choose to either provide your own sound engineer or pay for an extra technician.

We can offer a range of additional technical equipment and special effects. If you would like to take advantage of these, you will be charged for them after your event, once we have confirmed they have been used.

You can use our price list below to account for equipment costs in the total outlay for your event. All staff and equipment prices include VAT at the standard rate, where applicable.

We offer special packages that can be tailored to your budget and needs. These can be discussed with our Technical Manager before the event.

Our Technical Manager will contact you before your event. You are very welcome to arrange a visit to view the venue and what we have available.

Item Description Cost
Extra staff For technical or front of house support. £18 per hour
Bubble machines 2 Beamz Z220 high output bubble machines – placings and usage time are limited due to potential slip hazards. £28.80 per day for 3 units
Follow spot 2 follow spots are operated from the technical suite. You will need to provide adult operators – the light gets very hot. It can take 10 minutes to get the required training but a lifetime to get it right! £28.80 per follow spot per day
Haze machine 1 Beamz high output haze machine for atmospheric effects £28.80 per day
Keyboards (piano) Yamaha 503 88-key digital piano with built-in recorder USB connection for memory stick or computer interface. £28.80 per day
Portable video projector Standard desktop machine which can be driven by a computer, DVD or USB stick. We can loan a laptop or DVD player or you may prefer to bring your own. Can be hung from lighting grid to project on cyclorama. £28.80 per day
Pyroflash

Le Maitre firing system with up to 14 pods fired independently. Cartridges are available in a range of colours and effects from theatrical suppliers – we hold a small stock but please check availability.

This system must be used with great care and a trained pyrotechnician in attendance – small confetti-type cartridges cannot be used due to contamination of our low ceiling.

Pyro cartridges are priced individually. Cost depends on requirements, to be discussed with our technician.

£28.80 per day for firing box and up to 6 double and 2 single pods
Radio microphone system Radio mic system has 12 belt-pack type microphones, with lightweight head worn mics and 4 handheld radio mics. The belt-packs run for up to 5 hours on 2 AA batteries, which are provided free of charge.

This system cost more than £8,000, with replacement microphones costing about £600 each. To get the best from this system you will need to delegate a full-time sound operator and radio mic assistant to keep control of the packs.

£28.80 for up to 4 mics per day
Smoke machines 2 Hurricane 1100 smoke machines and 1 JEM DMX unit. £28.80 per day for up to 3 units
Snow machines 2 Antari snow machines can be positioned over the audience. Due to weight and set-up times, these machines cannot be used without prior notice. £28.80 per day for 2 units
Star cloth LED star cloth operated from lighting desk or on stage. About 4.5 metres wide and 4 metres high. It takes around 10 minutes to hang and patch. £28.80 per day
Ultraviolet (UV) lighting UV strips can be fitted to the stage apron. These fluorescent tubes are delicate. £28.80 per day for up to 4 strips
Thameside 2 as an additional dressing room Subject to availability, with regular hirers given preferential use. £21 per hour
Thurrock Museum area as an additional dressing room Available after museum closing times – go to Thurrock Museum for details. £68 per day
Digital projector The theatre is equipped for digital cinema with a Barco DP100 projector. It can be used to project images or video in most formats but its focus is fixed and requires use of the cinema screen that is rolled down at the front of the stage – this takes 1 minute. £66 per day
Flame machine Up to 4 flame machines capable of flames 2.5 meters high, fired from the lighting desk by DMX cables. Price includes cartridges. £66 per day for up to 4 units
Orchestra pit and back row

Seats C1 to C7 and D1 to D7 are removable to make an extended orchestra pit for up to 6 musicians. Seats O1 to O4 and O11 to O14 are removable for video, if not being used for wheelchairs – seats in the row in front will also need to be blocked off.

Seat removal must be by prior arrangement and done in advance of audiences arriving. 2 people are needed to remove and put away the seats. There is no charge for removing seats to give access for wheelchairs.

£66 per day
Public address system (PA) in the foyer 200 watt PA system 2 speakers, 3 microphones and stands. A mini jack lead is supplied that can connect to a smartphone, iPod or laptop. Extra sound equipment is charged at £10 per item. Larger systems are available on request £66 per day
Set-up and remove stage in foyer A 12 square metre stage is available with at least 24 hours' notice. £66 per day

Booking enquiries

If you would like to book any of our facilities, please contact the theatre's management via our email address below.

Thameside Theatre
Thameside Complex, Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5DX

: 0345 300 5264

: thameside.theatre@thurrock.gov.uk

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Phone from Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm, and Saturdays between 10am and 1pm. Our box office counter is open on Saturdays only from 10am to 1pm.