Venue Spec

Upstairs at the Western is a fully equipped black-box theatre space, with pre-rigged lanterns, speakers and projection controlled by light and sound desks in the wing (stage left).

The standard configuration is for 44 raked seats end on, with the first row at stage level and a 4m x 4m (depth x width) flat stage space. Extra rows of 8 seats can be added at the expense of 1m of stage depth each time.

For touring companies and monthly programmes, we provide a full theatre service, including digital promotion of shows, ticket sales, get-in/out support, basic technical support, box-office and ushering, with prompt settlement and payment. T&Cs are usually box office shares for touring companies and joint production budgets for monthly programmes. The theatre is also available to hire for rehearsal space as the stage diary allows. We operate from September through to June each year. Contact us on or

(Images by Sean Goldthorpe)

Venue Specification

14 pre-rigged Lanterns/Spots (Source Four, Strand Minim, Quartet PC) and 3 pre-rigged LED Coloursource Spots, with ETC 20 Channel Light Desk (EOS and Cobalt software)
3 x Two Channel Amplifiers, 6 x 100 Watt Speakers, Microphones and Stands with Yamaha 01V96i Digital Mixing Console
Epsom EBS03 Projector (2,700 lumens) pre-rigged with HDMI, VGA and Apple connectors, to retractable screen stage rear
Dressing Room (with fridge, microwave, kettle, tea and coffee)
Settlement sheet within one week and payment within two weeks of performance
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Audience Feedback

'Upstairs At The Western continues to schedule works that challenge and engage audiences (Paul Towers, 2018)'

Performer Feedback

'This is the third time I have performed at UATW and the best yet. We had a long run spread across three weeks and it felt like a family-run residency, a home-from-home at the theatre. I can't recommend it enough as an intimate, friendly and welcoming performance space.'
'A friendly, comfortable theatre that welcomes all artists and audiences. We felt at home here from the very beginning and cannot wait to return.'
'Lovely little space; friendly and helpful from the word go. A pleasure to perform here in this mini artistic hub. '
'We always love bringing shows to Upstairs at The Western. It’s a welcoming and supportive venue with a real personal touch.'
'If every venue was like this then the tour would've been a dream. They were fantastic on the day, it's a really nice space, and their promo looks great as well.'
'Upstairs at the Western is a wonderful fringe theatre space, Leicester's only, which attracts audiences from a diverse demographic and welcomes you in with warmth and support. A great space for sharing stories in an intimate setting, with the ability to truly connect with the audience.'
'It was a pleasure dealing with Upstairs at the Western from start to finish. A great place to start our tour! '
'I love Upstairs at the Western. They're supportive, professional, friendly, unponcy and an important part of Leicester's cultural scene.'
'Upstairs at the Western is one of my favourite venues in Leicester. The space is beautiful and the team are wonderful. '

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