In the name of art and charity Hastleonian Steve gets ‘the chop’

Hastings actor Steve Corke has let his new stage role quite literally go to his head – he has shaved off all of his hair for charity! Steve, who is performing this week as ‘The King’ in The Hastleons’ production of “The King and I” at The White Rock Theatre this week has decided to […]

Classic Irish drama and Little Theatre conference comes to The Stables

Neil Sellman chairman of Stables Theatre says he is delighted The Stables is hosting this year’s Little Theatre Guild South East Region Conference from Friday 20th to Sunday September 22nd coupled with a performance of Conor McPherson’s The Weir.. Conference delegates will be welcomed with a supper at the White Rock Hotel on the Friday […]

The Americans are coming – it’s 20 years since first exchange visit

American visitors are renewing friendships they first made 20 years ago at the Stables Theatre this week. Players from the Chicago Heights Drama Group are staging The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 from this Friday (June 21st) for six performances as part of The Stables’ Diamond Jubilee celebrations this month. Play director MaryEllen Fawk said […]

The Stables at 60 – celebrating a ‘massive capacity for fun’

Actress Barbara Flynn helped Stables Theatre members celebrate 60 years of fun and entertainment at a celebration lunch on Sunday. The meal at Powder Mills Hotel, Battle, marked the anniversary of the opening of the Stables by Sir Ralph Richardson on June 16th 1959. Barbara, a patron of the Stables grew up in Hastings and […]

Recital raises much needed cash for refugee support in Hastings

Last month’s piano recital by Margaret Fingerhut at The Stables Theatre raised almost £1,000 for Hastings Community of Sanctuary. The money will allow the group to further the work it does supporting refugees living locally. The Hastings recital was just one stop on a national tour for Ms Fingerhut. The show called Far from the Home […]

Coming up at The Stables – White Liars and Black Comedy

White Liars is a one-act play first performed in 1967 originally titled White Lies, it was written by Peter Shaffer to precede the 1967 Broadway production of his farce Black Comedy. White Liars revolves around Sophie Lemberg, an eccentric and disillusioned fortune teller – who imagines herself to be a baroness of the Holy Roman […]

The Stables at 60 the history of a local gem! (Part 1)

The Stables Theatre celebrates the 60th anniversary of its opening this year and there is a packed programme of events to celebrate the occasion. The history of the theatre and how it came in to existence in the first place is a fascinating one. Here, in the first of a series of features about The […]

Council cuts its White Rock bill by half – almost!

Hastings council has almost halved the management fee it pays to keep the White Rock Theatre running. Figures seen by Hastings In Focus indicate that under the new contract just signed with HQ Theatres and Hospitality Ltd Hastings Borough Council (HBC) will pay £1.75m over the next five years as the ‘management fee’ an average of just […]