When it comes to the Preston theatre scene, you definitely won’t be disappointed. An entertainment powerhouse, Preston Guildhall and Charter Theatre is a real one-stop destination. Home to five food and drink outlets ranging from three-course Italian restaurants to ice cream parlours and cocktail bars, the complex has two event spaces – the 738-capacity Charter Theatre and the 2,034-seater Grand Hall. That flexibility means there’s plenty of diversity in the booking schedule with more alternative, cutting-edge plays and musicals booked alongside mainstream boxing, musicals, tribute nights and stand-up comedy.
The range of shows they put on is truly impressive, spanning spoken word, orchestral shows, drama, comedy, live music and more. Tickets can be booked direct from the venue or through their website, with events planned up to a year in advance. Just over a mile away from our Preston Central hotel, the theatre is well equipped to handle pre-theatre diners and drinkers. Choose from the Villa Italian for a full sit-down meal, Mundo Street Kitchen for a tapas-style experience, including food from across the world, or grab a bite to eat on the roof terrace. Or why not head to Review for a glass of wine, craft ale or cocktail and indulge your sweet tooth at Bonds 1947, a homegrown ice cream maker that’s been serving Preston for more than 70 years.
Preston Playhouse Theatre has been the city’s home of amateur dramatics since 1949. Staffed entirely by volunteers and home to six drama clubs and societies, they put on dozens of shows each year spanning high-concept plays to musicals, pantomimes and more. With a capacity of 199, the theatre is well equipped with modern lighting and sound facilities and has a bar lounge for half-time refreshments. Premier Inn is handily located for all the am-dram action, with our Preston Central hotel just a 10-minute walk from the venue. And if you are driving there, present your ticket at the reception and they’ll give you a free parking pass for the NCP car park over the road.
There's a great choice of hotels in Preston which make an ideal base for exploring the city's renovated docks and marina or indulging in some retail therapy at its impressive shopping centres and markets.
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