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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.
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 sonorous string quartets, internationally renowned touring musicians, a tour of minis, musical theatre, a plethora of creative planning days, and a whole host of summer activities for young people.

Have you ever created and performed a play in a week? We are offering very exciting 1-week or 2-week long theatre projects for young people 7 - 12 and 13+ throughout the weeks of August. Check out our summer programme for young people here.

The brilliant Chester Operatic Society will be bringing two exciting pieces to St Mary's Creative Space - join them on a Great American Road Trip, or why not become a performer for the day, and sing The Mikado?

We are also thrilled to welcome back the cream of international performers to St Mary's Creative Space, as they make their way to compete at the prestigious Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod.  Book your tickets here.

Featured Video:

Eisteddfod winner stuns St Mary's audience
Jiman Yin came first in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod as folk instrumentalist. She left the audience breathless later that day at St Mary's Creative Space in Chester as part of the CHESTER INTERNATIONAL MUSIC WEEK at our venue. In partnership with the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

Some Upcoming Highlights

For full listings go to our What's On page.
The Show Must Go On
Tales From Africa

Weeks beginning 7 and 14 August 

Create a play in a week for 7-12yr olds
Following the incredible success of Pied Piper of Hamlin and It Was A Dark And Stormy Night, the team at Theatre in the Quarter are offering two exciting week-long projects for 12 and under years.

Create a magical and musical play in a week!
More information here, or see Theatre in the Quarter's Facebook page
The Legend of The Lake

21 August - 2 September

Hugely exciting theatre project for 13+ year olds 
What better way for teenagers to spend the last 2 weeks of their Summer holiday than creating an incredible new musical play, having great fun and making new friends.
More information here, or see Theatre in the Quarter's Facebook page
Ryle Walker

Tuesday 29th August, 7.30pm

Roman Candle have been hosting some incredible musical talent in our venue. We are thrilled to welcome Ryley Walker to Chester in August.
Check his website here, or see Roman Candle's Facebook Page 

Some Upcoming Highlights

For full listings go to our What's On page.
Weeks beginning 7 and 14 August 
The Show Must Go On
Tales From Africa
Create a play in a week for 7-12yr olds
Following the incredible success of Pied Piper of Hamlin and It Was A Dark And Stormy Night, the team at Theatre in the Quarter are offering two exciting week-long projects for 12 and under years.

Create a magical and musical play in a week!
More information here, or see Theatre in the Quarter's Facebook page
21 August - 2 September
The Legend of The Lake
Hugely exciting theatre project for 13+ year olds 
What better way for teenagers to spend the last 2 weeks of their Summer holiday than creating an incredible new musical play, having great fun and making new friends.
More information here, or see Theatre in the Quarter's Facebook page
Tuesday 29th August, 7.30pm
Ryle Walker
Roman Candle have been hosting some incredible musical talent in our venue. We are thrilled to welcome Ryley Walker to Chester in August.
Check his website here, or see Roman Candle's Facebook Page 

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.
The Promise
A delightful, enchanting and ever so slightly political new musical tale was created by Theatre in the Quarter's JIGSAW group. They meet on Monday evenings in term time
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 us a line via the form below and we 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…
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