An amazing space with some real wow factor - perfect for both our rehearsals and the final performance.
Matt Baker, Artistic Director - Theatre in the Quarter

Welcome to St Mary’s - a Creative Space

St Mary’s is a fantastic rehearsal, performance and exhibition space right in the heart of Chester, and is available to the whole community. A thriving cultural scene needs an inspirational centre, and St Mary’s aims to provide opportunities for creative activities and connections of all kinds - providing the space and facilities your group needs, and a wow factor your audience will love.
St Marys Creative Space - Christmas Events

A Winter Wonderland of Events

The build-up to Christmas is always a busy time at St Mary's, and as usual we have a wonderful selection of entertainment and activities for people of all ages. Seasonal music is obviously a perennial favourite, so keep an eye on our What's On page to make sure you don't miss out!

Some Upcoming Highlights

For full listings go to our What's On page.

The Year Turns Round...

Friday 9 December

SoundBox presents a relaxed evening of multi-genre music and song following the cycle of the seasons from January to December, when the year turns round again...

Full details and booking

The Merchant of Venice

Thurs/Fri 22 & 23 December

Award winning PurpleCoat, supported by Judi Dench and Stephen Fry and funded by ArtsCouncil England, bring Shakespeare's most controversial play to Chester in an up to the minute, dramatic retelling of the story of Shylock the Jew.

Full details and booking

Just Soph

Friday 30 December

'Just Soph' is a brand new storytelling adventure adapted from Rudyard Kipling's 'The Just So Stories', especially for curious children and their best beloveds!

Full details and booking

Recent Events

A small selection of recent events you may have missed. Keep in touch by bookmarking our What's On page, and remember to book your tickets early!

The Witch

A detailed period horror for Halloween, presented by Chester Film Society.

Wizard School

This Halloween Chester Wizard School opens its doors! Make potions learn spells practice duelling and meet some magical creatures in this spellbinding immersive experience.

Classical Guitar Recital

An evening of classical guitar, presented by Graham Devine of the Trinity Laban Conserveratoire of Music and Dance, as part of the Royal Greenwich Guitar Festival.

Celebrity Concert

Chester Music Society present distinguished chamber musician Sarah-Jane Bradley, who has toured throughout the world and participated in many celebrated festivals.

Whether you want to hire St Mary’s Creative Space for a meeting, a performance, a series of workshops or rehearsals, or anything else - just get in touch via this website and your group can be join the diverse variety of people already enjoying and benefitting from this great community asset and Chester’s hidden cultural gem. For further details of the facilities and the building itself Click Here.
Yes! It can be hired by individuals, groups or organisations for a range of activities and events such as rehearsals, workshops, meetings and performances.
There is no sound equipment in the venue and lighting is limited to the overhead lights. You can bring in sound and lighting (provided it has been PAT tested) – don’t forget to factor in the cost of hiring equipment when thinking about using the venue.
No, although there are spaces within the venue where different groups can work. While it is possible to put up screens, sound will carry around the venue.
The number of people in the building at any one time must not exceed 200. This number is suitable if people are standing. Due to health and safety reasons a maximum of 170 seats is recommended.
We do have a plan of St Mary’s (download HERE) drawn up by Peter Herbert Productions for Theatre in the Quarter’s production of Alice in 2014, but we would always recommend that you visit the venue and measure up yourself, particularly if you are having a set designed. You should also be aware that the floor is uneven.
Yes, but as this would require us to turn off the fire alarm you would have to have a minimum of £10million public liability insurance.
There is an upright piano in St Mary's - all those hiring the venue are able to use it free of charge. There is also a grand piano which can be hired for an additional cost. Details and booking form HERE.
Yes, although being an old church built of sandstone when it is very cold outside it can sometimes be cold inside too.
Sounds good? Use the links below to learn more about the venue, or find out about hiring…
Volunteering at St Mary's is a great way to meet people, learn new skills and contribute to your local community. Whether you're interested in helping out inside or outside, we can find something for you to do! We can offer opportunities in a range of roles and functions including front of house, technical, refreshments and gardening.

Just drop Julie Elston a line via the form below and she will be in touch!
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