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Intimate and versatile performance venue in Barnet, Hertfordshire, offering subsidised and affordable hire to support the performing arts.

Supporting Young People, New Writing, Creative Education and Community Theatre.

The Scaffold Theatre, East Barnet Road, Herts. EN4 8RF

About Us

Our intimate studio theatre in East Barnet provides a versatile space seating an audience of up to one hundred depending on your layout. Our 15 x 6 metre space has a sprung floor, optional mirrored wall, sound proofing, and a full sound & lighting rig. Attached is a fully licenced bar, Shakespeare's Tipple. The movable seating varies in height, and the staging can be used in a variety of ways, allowing you to perform with the stage area as proscenium, thrust, traverse, or in-the-round. 


The Scaffold Theatre sits at the back of Bodens Performing Arts School on East Barnet Road. Their Youth Theatre Group are resident, which means the theatre sits empty on the majority of Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, and thoughout some of the holiday periods. Passionate about performing arts, we want the theatre to be pulsating with creativity all year round. The theatre is ready to go; lights are hung and the microphone batteries on charge, so we can keep costs to a minimum... We expect visiting companies, no mater how small, to assist with setting up the venue they way they want it, we then provide a theatre manager, a technician if you can't bring one with you, the bar staff come with the service, and it's next to nothing for the building and electricity. All you have to do is bring a performance and an audience, and if you charge them or not, that's entirely up to you.

Our ethos is to provide a venue where you can stage what you want to with minimal financial burden. With one night venue hire from as little as £80, you have an opportunity to showcase your skills, young people, new writing, experimental theatre or anything else you would like to put up on a stage in front of an audience. You take charge of as much as you can yourselves, and we're here to help with anything else, from box office and promotion to direction and design.

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The venue is perfect for smaller scale musicals, plays, recitals and productions wishing to benefit from a longer run in a smaller venue. Despite the intimate size, with the versatility of the space we have housed full musicals with bands, and productions with companies of up to fifty young people. Outside of youth and community theatre, we are mostly utilised for pre-festival fringe performances, student's showcases, and as a platform to bring new ideas and connect with new audiences.