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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.
As the nights begin to draw in, the warmth of St Mary's Creative Space beckons with a fantastic lineup for Autumn and Christmas

We welcome burlesque, contemporary dance and hip hop, wizards, string quartets and brass bands.  Have an Autumn full of colour and song as Cabaret From the Shadows, and Golddust productions bring their own brand of dark comedy to St Mary's Creative Space.

As Christmas approaches, our fantastic live music promotors Roman Candle and Soundbox both offer fantastic concerts from internationally renowned musicians - check out our whats on guide for more details.

Once again, the amazing Chester Operatic Society bring a festive offering into the space - see their Facebook page for more details.

We are also thrilled to welcome back Theatre in the Quarter's young companies - bringing new devised pieces of musical theatre, written specifically for the space!

Make your Christmas start with a bang by joining us for our Christmas Cracker singalong events with renowned musician Matt Baker, or new this year, raise your voices and join us for a traditional Carol Concert with the amazing City of Chester Brass Band.

Featured Video:

A small excerpt from Cabaret from the Shadows.
On November 3rd, international company Teatro Pomodoro bring their own brand of humour, with Cabaret from the Shadows.

All trained professionally as clowns, the team bring this slick, award winning show to us for one night only - for more information, and to book click here.

Some Upcoming Highlights

For full listings go to our What's On page.
​Halloween Burlesque Double Bill

27th and 28th October 2017

Join us for 'The Hellfire Club' and 'The Unearthly Ones'
Join legendary producers Golddust for their epic Halloween cabaret featuring 15 live acts, ranging from Guiness Book of Record holders 'Death Do Us Part Danger Show' , who will be throwing axes live on stage, to sword swallowing burlesque music and comedy .Featuring an international cast this event is nearly sold out, and there are only 20 tickets avaialble.

Dress up a must enjoy

'' England's most celebrated Halloween Cabaret '' ***** This is Cabaret
More information here.
​Cabaret from the Shadows

3rd November 2017

A mind bending, thought provoking feast for the soul!" - Fringe Review
Cabaret From The Shadows is a fresh and shameless show with an eclectic mix of theatre, dark comedy and live music; featuring charmingly anarchic characters who will leave your mouth agape as they reveal the depths of your psyche. They’ll play with your thoughts, chew them up and spit them out in the form of hilarious, dark, sexy and unnerving cabaret. Expect laughs, expect gasps, and expect the unexpected! Come let devilry, illusion and mischief seize your heart and soul at the Cabaret From The Shadows!" 
More information here
Chester Music Society Celebrity Concert: The Heath String Quartet

8th November 2017

Haydn Quartet Op 76 No 2 (Fifths)
Widmann Quartet No 3 (Hunting)
Tippett Quartet No 2
Mendelssohn Quartet in F minor Op 80
The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet are fast earning a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment. In May 2013 they became the first ensemble in 15 years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award. Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music, they were selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust, were awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship and in 2012 won the Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Check his website here

Some Upcoming Highlights

For full listings go to our What's On page.
27th and 28th October 2017
​Halloween Burlesque Double Bill
Join us for 'The Hellfire Club' and 'The Unearthly Ones'
Join legendary producers Golddust for their epic Halloween cabaret featuring 15 live acts, ranging from Guiness Book of Record holders 'Death Do Us Part Danger Show' , who will be throwing axes live on stage, to sword swallowing burlesque music and comedy .Featuring an international cast this event is nearly sold out, and there are only 20 tickets avaialble.

Dress up a must enjoy

'' England's most celebrated Halloween Cabaret '' ***** This is Cabaret
More information here.
3rd November 2017
​Cabaret from the Shadows
A mind bending, thought provoking feast for the soul!" - Fringe Review
Cabaret From The Shadows is a fresh and shameless show with an eclectic mix of theatre, dark comedy and live music; featuring charmingly anarchic characters who will leave your mouth agape as they reveal the depths of your psyche. They’ll play with your thoughts, chew them up and spit them out in the form of hilarious, dark, sexy and unnerving cabaret. Expect laughs, expect gasps, and expect the unexpected! Come let devilry, illusion and mischief seize your heart and soul at the Cabaret From The Shadows!" 
More information here
8th November 2017
Chester Music Society Celebrity Concert: The Heath String Quartet
Haydn Quartet Op 76 No 2 (Fifths)
Widmann Quartet No 3 (Hunting)
Tippett Quartet No 2
Mendelssohn Quartet in F minor Op 80
The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet are fast earning a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment. In May 2013 they became the first ensemble in 15 years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award. Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music, they were selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust, were awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship and in 2012 won the Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Check his website here

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!
Chester International Music Week
The world came to Chester - filling St Mary's Creative Space  in July.

Thanks to Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, we welcomed choirs, dancers and musicians from across the globe.
Ange Hardy:  in Conversation and in Concert
Celebrated as one of Britain’s top folk musicians for her five star 2014 album “The Lament of The Black Sheep” Ange Hardy has grabbed the attention of the traditional folk music world. 
Roman Candle Presents John Murry
'The longer you spend in the darkness with him, the more beauty you'll see' Country Music Magazine.

On tour from the Deep South,John Murry makes an amazing whistle stop in Chester, en route to Ireland.
Celebrity Concert
Chester Music Society presents 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 us a line via our Contact Us page and we will be in touch!

Frequently Asked Questions

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…
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