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.
Spring Arrives to St Mary's Creative Space
Longer days, dappled light peeking gently through the beautiful stained glass windows - St Mary's Creative Space is an amazing place to be at this time of year!  

We welcome workshops, dance residencies, sonorous string quartets, internationally renowned touring musicians, musical theatre, and our very first vintage fair.

We are also proud to be hosting a groundbreaking and magical new piece of theatre which focusses on the issue of refugees living in the UK and hosts a talented company of professional actors and musicians including Andrei Costin who comes directly from The Kite Runner in London.

THE LOST BOY opens on April 21 and runs until May 7. BOOK HERE

The Lost Boy - Production Trailer

Some Upcoming Highlights

For full listings go to our What's On page.
Theatre in the Quarter presents 'The Lost Boy'
Fri 21st April - Sun 7th May 2017
Theatre in the Quarter will create a new piece of theatre, highlighting the plight of young refugees in today’s radically uncertain world. Through drama, film, music and dance, comparisons can be made between these young people and those from more secure backgrounds.
The piece has involved research and development with a variety of focus groups including school children, youth theatre groups from Cheshire and refugees from North West England.
Some Enchanted Evening
Thurs 23 - Sat 25 March 2017
The brilliant team at Chester Operatic Society bring their latest musical offering to St Mary's Creative Space.  Expect an evening of spectacular entertainment - an event not to be missed. 
Vintage Community Fair
Sun 2 April 2017
Becnicks Wonder Emporium hosts its first ever Vintage community fair at St Mary's Creative Space.  Music, refreshment and vintage bargains at their very best!

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 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 Julie Elston a line via the form below and she will be in touch!
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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…
St Marys Interior Panorama
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