2007 saw the 25th anniversary of the Borough Hall being reopened as Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, by his Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester. The Borough Hall was originally opened on 20 June 1877 and the building once housed Stafford Borough Council.
In the buildings early days, the Borough Council offices, the library and the Wragge Museum occupied the ground floor and on the first floor was a large Assembly Hall with a stage, which was used for meetings, dances, concerts and plays. Building work began to convert the venue into a theatre when the Borough Offices were re-housed in the Civic Centre, and so the Gatehouse was born in 1982.
Since opening, the venue has experienced great success, both with touring professional shows and amateur productions. As a theatre venue, the old Borough Hall was an active supporter and promoter of amateur dramatics and most of the successful theatre groups like Stafford Players and the Operatic Society were formed in this environment. These partnerships have continued to thrive and the Gatehouse prides itself on achieving the perfect balance between meeting the needs of the companies and societies which use the building and the ever present need to increase its financial viability whilst ensuring it continues to offer high quality productions to residents of Staffordshire and beyond.
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre is an accessible, thriving venue, which offers a wide range of modern facilities in the heart of Stafford. From conference facilities to studio theatre, recording space to theatre Coffee Shop, Stafford Gatehouse is one of the best-equipped and most versatile venues in the region.
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre is a ticket agent for the historical estate's day and season passes plus many of its events.
Tourist Information Centre
Stafford's Tourist Information Centre can now be found at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre as part of the Visitor Information Centre. It is the perfect place for tourists and local residents alike to find out information on regional and national events and theatres, holiday information and airport parking as well as buying theatre tokens, National Express tickets, stamps, postcards and much, much more. For more information please call 01785 619 619.