The Stables – small steps on the road to reopening

With a grant of £71,187 from the Culture Recovery Fund The Stables Theatre and Art Gallery says the cash recognises the presence it is forging in the local community.

Chairman Neil Sellman says: “This grant is a fantastic lifeline and secures not just the future for the theatre but recognises the presence the Stables is forging in the local community.

The grant will enable the theatre to continue with its current plan of developing community engagement within Hastings and St Leonards.

“Supporting inclusion and diversity is vital in such difficult times and the grant will allow us to continue with a ‘soft’ re-opening in November 2020 to, hopefully, a full opening in March 2021,” says Neil. 

Events coming up at the Stables between now and the end of the year.

In addition to events listed above The Stables will be hosting Hastings Storytelling Festival over this weekend and is also looking for actors to take part in an online play reading of three brand new plays, the winners of the Stables new playwriting contest.

The readings will take place evenings later this month or early in November, most likely on Zoom. Parts will be given out on a first contact first cast basis to Stables regulars, however there may be opportunities for other actors out there. Anyone interested should contact Tim Kendrick at

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