To book the Sallis Benney theatre you will need to complete the form: Online hire enquiry, theatre gallery and other spaces, Grand Parade, Brighton The following information will help you make that enquiry, you may also like to contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org
The Theatre and Gallery team are responsible for the Sallis Benney Theatre, the North and South Gallery, the exhibition spaces on the ground floor of the Grand Parade Building and the Edward Street building. The team can also provide organisational and technical support for events in other rooms on the site including a 55 seater Boardroom and the 150 seater Edward Street lecture theatre.
Use of the wider range of facilities, including requests for breakout rooms in addition to the theatre booking can be discussed. Additional charges will be incurred for use of extra rooms. Please discuss your requirements with event staff.
With sufficient notice, additional support staff can be provided on request.
Limited Cloakroom facilities are available in the box office. The hirer should provide staff if they wish to use the cloakroom and it should be attended at all times. The hirer would need to provide their own raffle tickets or suchlike for the cloakroom.
Furniture and Equipment
We may be able to offer the use of tables, chairs and other equipment. These requests should be submitted with the hire enquiry form. Please check our standard equipment against your requirements before booking. Other equipment can be provided at extra cost on request. A 20% admin charge will be added to the gross amount payable for the hire of equipment or the contracting of services.
There is no parking at the theatre. You may be able to book and pay for parking bay suspensions by contacting Brighton and Hove Council on 01273 292384 if larger vehicles or guaranteed parking is required. Please allow at least two weeks for the application for a parking bay suspension to be approved.
Loading can take place at two locations on Kingswood Street. Flat access is via the entrance to the theatre which then has a step up to the theatre or by the stage door to the rear with a number of steps.
We welcome conferences and would advise enquiries to contact the university's South Coast Conferences in order to establish best support through the booking and organisation.
The SBT is a flexible and versatile space, which is available to hire in a variety of formats and configurations, comfortably accommodating a seated audience of up to 272 and, thanks to its retractable 200m2 auditorium, a standing capacity of 400 attendees. [see downloadable graphics at the foot of this page.]
There are a number of foyer options, including a fully stocked café/bar, available for welcoming and registering guests along with a cloakroom and designated box office facility for ticket administration.
The SBT has a 40m2 proscenium arch stage along with an integrated 5.1 Surround Sound PA system, full theatrical lighting rig and audio-visual equipment, including cinema projection facilities. It is also possible for the space to accommodate a cabaret seating style or alternative staging options, such as in-the-round, thrust or traverse, if required.
Backstage, two dressing rooms accommodate up to 30 performers while secure storage is available for equipment and personal belongings. A theatre technician will be provided who will be responsible for lighting and projection. If you intend to use your own laptop with our data projector, please ensure you have set it up and tested it with a data projector prior to your event.
A Senior Theatre Technician would generally discuss your technical requirements with you in advance of the event but it may not be the same technician working on the day of your booking. It is for this reason that a detailed technical specification, programme and any plans should be compiled for the technician who will be working on the day and a copy of this be made available in advance and on arrival on the day of the hire.
Your booking can include full use of the following technical facilities:
(a) Lighting: A choice or combination of three rigs is available:
Stage - An all purpose general cover suitable for most live performances, e.g. music, theatre
Seating/Well - In addition to the house lights the well section of the seating area has separate lighting to enhance events such as parties, dance or to illuminate display boards etc.
Lecture - Spotlights are rigged to light speakers standing at the lectern
Any changes to our standard rigs above must be discussed and agreed with the technician in advance.
The moving lights cannot be removed or re-located.
(b) Projection: a DLP projector (fixed in place), two slide projectors, DVD, Minidisk and VHS player, and a screen are available. Please indicate on your booking form if you intend to use this equipment. A range of presentation equipment may also be available for hire at extra charge. Please provide details of extra equipment you would like to hire as an attachment with your booking form.
Your booking can include the use of the in-house P.A. system which is suitable for playback of pre-recorded material, for spoken word, (talks, lectures), and for general voice reinforcement. This category of sound is shown as ‘Lectures/playback’. If you wish to record the event, please discuss this in advance with the technician.
‘Concert sound’ can be provided and a full technical specification of our system is available on the web site. This category must be requested for all live music events and any events with a high technical specification. Technical requirements for concerts must be discussed with the theatre technician well in advance of the event and plans provided so our technician can advise if further equipment is required. If concert sound is requested and it is a seated concert, capacity will be reduced by ten chairs. Our sound system is more suitable for sit down concerts although additional equipment can be provided (at a cost) for stand-up concerts.
(d) Stage set: The theatre has a permanent stage (please see the theatre plan for details.) If you intend to bring in any set for your event then please provide details of this on your hire enquiry form. It is important that your set adheres to current health and safety regulations (including making sure sets are fire retardant etc) and does not obstruct any of the theatre’s emergency exits. You will be responsible for arranging with the theatre team appropriate delivery and collection times.
Residential and Catering Services provide a wide range of catering options for hirers of the Sallis Benney Theatre. These include a comprehensive menu for canapés, buffets, receptions and sit down meals, in addition to the provision of a fully licensed bar. The Café adjacent to the theatre is also available on request serving a wide variety of snacks and beverages. In the summer there is often the opportunity of using the quadrangle garden area.
If you require a catering service, licensed bar or the cafe please indicate this by ticking the appropriate boxes on the booking form. The café bar is provided free of charge and would normally be open (if requested on the hire enquiry form) thirty minutes prior to the event start time and during the interval. The bar normally closes after the interval.
NB: No external caterers to be used on the premises. For additional guidance or more details on services available, please contact the Catering Officer on (01273) 643123.
All hirers must complete and return a Theatre Health and Safety Questionnaire before their event is confirmed. The theatre has the right to cancel the booking if the questionnaire has not been completed to the satisfaction of the theatre and gallery staff.
It is the hirer’s duty to take responsibility for all Health and Safety and First Aid matters for their event.
The hirer, or his or her named representative, is to be present and available during the whole period of hire.
Hirers must comply with current legislation and the directions of the Event Supervisor in all matters relating to the security, safety and maintenance of the premises, in particular, with regard to keeping exits clear, and action to be taken in the event of an emergency situation. For public performances stewards must be briefed by the Event Supervisor within reasonable time prior to the event starting on the necessary action to take in the event of fire or other emergency. You must comply with the health and safety legislation that is relevant to your event or your use of the premises. You shall ensure that your guests, contractors, staff and agents comply with current legislation.
It is the University of Brighton’s responsibility to ensure that Health and Safety procedures with regard to the space or spaces being hired under contract will comply with relevant legislation as far as is reasonably practicable.
First Aid cover for public events can be arranged through St John Ambulance. They will charge for their services.
Stewards and Security
If assessed as requiring stewarding, the hirer must provide responsible stewards for their event and exercise control over entry and subsequent behaviour of persons attending functions to the satisfaction of the Event Supervisor. An appropriate number of stewards will be ascertained.
Larger event stewards and security
Larger events may require 4 named stewards, or more, who should be named and briefed by Theatre Gallery staff. Live music events for example.
The hirer must provide one SIA registered door supervisor per 100 patrons for concerts and late licence events. It is advisable that a minimum of one female door supervisor is provided at events which attract a large audience. All door supervisors must clearly display their SIA identification cards at all times. It is the hirer’s responsibility to ensure that the maximum capacity of the space or spaces being hired is not exceeded and that gangways and fire routes are not impeded at any time.
The capacity of the theatre is 400 standing and 272 seated. Failure to stay within capacity is a serious offence.
The Event Supervisor will brief the stewards where required. Stewards must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the hire period. At least one steward must remain in the theatre foyer or box office area throughout the duration of the hire.
The Sallis Benney Theatre is not responsible for the marketing or promotion of any group or organisation that hires the theatre and will not conduct a special press campaign relating to the hirers event. We may be able to offer assistance with marketing such as inclusion on the web site at the discretion of the Theatre Manager. At certain times of the year, we can direct our Large Format Display monitors to the web site to show your event listing.
The venue is referred to as the ‘Sallis Benney Theatre’, University of Brighton, Grand Parade BN2 0JY. Please note the correct spelling of Benney and it is the University of Brighton, not Brighton University.
The University of Brighton reserves the right either to request or to refuse use of its branding as part of the public communication of the hirer's event.
The hirer must provide their own merchandise seller. A charge of 20% will normally be made on the value of goods sold.
Any signage for events must be agreed and approved in advance including (if permission is granted) external signage and banners.
The Sallis Benney Theatre and Grand Parade building is fully accessible. The Auditorium has designated wheelchair spaces. Due to the raked seating, wheelchairs are limited to the side areas of the theatre and the stage. We advise wheelchair users to contact the venue in advance so we can ensure the allocated areas are reserved.
Guide dogs are welcome.
Printed materials are available in large print version on request.
Our license specifies the maximum number of wheelchair users that can be accommodated. The venue is fitted with a hearing system - please notify the box office and/or front of house staff on arrival if you wish to use this facility.
The theatre can be made accessible from our Kingswood Street entrance – with a flat route available into the auditorium. Due to the nature of the venue we are only able to accommodate wheelchairs at the side of the venue.
We have a folding wheelchair ramp (suitable for both manual and assisted wheelchairs). This ramp enables wheelchair access from the left side of the auditorium onto the stage. We are unable to provide suitable access for wheelchairs into the "well" in front of the stage seating rake.
We have a wheelchair accessible toilet located in the main foyer. At present, our dressing rooms are not fully accessible.
We have an Infra red assisted hearing system installed in the Main Theatre Auditorium. Units can be booked by visitors by contacting the venue on 01273 643010. Visitors should check their hearing aid is compatible with this system. A deposit will be required.
Seating plan using raked seating plus extra independent chair arrangement in University of Brighton Sallis Benney Theatre. [pdf 82.8 KB]
Plan of theatre with seating in position [pdf 42.6 KB]
Plan of theatre auditorium with seating retracted [pdf 80.2 KB]
Plan of theatre seating with numbers
Seating plan using raked seating in University of Brighton Sallis Benney Theatre. [pdf 66.0 KB]