Hire the Hardwicke Theatre

Thorns Collegiate Academy boasts excellent theatrical facilities, suitable for conferences, talks, lectures, plays, musicals and dance shows amongst a plethora of other professional events.

Interested in hiring the Hardwicke Theatre?

The Hardwicke Theatre, a high quality, low cost performance facility for our students and the community, seats an audience of 186 in its tiered and retractable seating, alongside new projection facilities, sound system and curtains and also refurbished lighting system.

All hiring information is available on this page, including the booking form, and the calendar of availability.

Please download the booking form and send to Theatre Manager: asouthall@thorns-s.dudley.sch.uk or alternatively, please submit your enquiry using the contact form below.

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Additional Booking Information and Technical Requests

  • History

    Sir Cedric Hardwicke (1893-1964) was born in Lye. He was an English actor who worked on stage and screen for over 50 years.  His theatre work included Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw, travelling the world ‘treading the boards’.  The late Sir Hardwicke, who is commemorated at Lye Cross, was the youngest actor at the time to receive a knighthood at the age of 41.

    Thorns Community College decided to name the theatre after him, to provide inspiration for students and members of the community pursuing an interest in performing arts.

    Edward Hardwicke the son of Sir Cedric, gave his support to the relaunch of The Hardwicke Theatre in 2011. At the event Mr Hardwicke spoke of his delight at the decision by staff at Thorns Community College to honour his Holllywood actor father, who was born a stone’s throw away from the school.

  • Theatre Personnel and Contact Information
    Hardwicke Theatre Manager Andy Southall
    Hardwicke Theatre Technician Andy Southall
    Leisure Site Staff Nigel Fisher
    Finance Administrator Louise Reeves

    Please communicate with the Hardwicke Theatre Manager directly via email: Asouthall@thorns-s.dudley.sch.uk

  • Normal Opening Hours


    Day Open Closed
    Monday 8am 10:30pm
    Tuesday 8am 10:30pm
    Wednesday 8am 10:30pm
    Thursday 8am 10:30pm
    Friday 8am 9:30pm
    Saturday 9am 4pm
    Sunday 9am 4pm

    Care taking continues half an hour after the stated time at no extra cost.