The Layard Theatre was opened by Sir Richard Eyre in May 1999, having been funded in part from the sale of the Assyrian Frieze, which had originally been brought to Canford by Sir Henry Layard in the mid-nineteenth century.
Attractively sited on the campus of Canford School, in 250 acres of parkland on the banks of the River Stour, the theatre offers the pleasure of the performing arts in a beautiful and historic setting. It is a flexible and atmospheric building, which has won wide acclaim and, with a seating capacity of just 294 (including 2 designated wheelchair spaces), the theatre is intimate, accessible and welcoming for both seasoned theatre-goers and first-timers.
In addition to housing Canford's drama department and student productions, this fully-equipped, modern theatre provides a venue for a wide range of professional entertainment, including top quality theatre and music. These productions are open to the public. Parking for the theatre is free.
We hire staging units and technical equipment; from moving lights and radio mics to door and window flats and chaise lounges! Please contact us to discuss your needs. Competitive rates of hire are available.
Stage Properties Hire
We have a range of stage properties for hire, from whiskey decanters and typewriters to bentwood chairs and captain’s desks. Flexible hire periods are available. Please contact us to see photographs of stock and to discuss how we can support your production needs.
Our experienced team are available to supplement your hire of the Layard with lighting and sound design, scenic and audio-visual design packages; and are on hand to offer advice on ways in which we can help you maximise the impact of your event if you would like to informally discuss options when visiting the venue.
Increasingly, productions are making use of projection mapping to add location, atmosphere and the ‘wow’ factor. With years of experience designing for dramas and dance shows from premieres to showcases, we can provide a bespoke service for you. Please email us to begin the conversation to realise your creative dream!