The Lauriston STUDIO is the Altrincham Garrick’s award-winning mini venue
Unfortunately, due to its intimate nature, we can’t stage productions in the Lauriston STUDIO under Government Covid-19 guidelines. So, at the moment, the Lauriston STUDIO is closed.
If you are looking for something more exciting to tickle your theatrical taste buds, why not throw caution to the wind and visit our smaller theatre: The Lauriston STUDIO. The STUDIO is perfect for that feeling of being part of the action and where you can experience the intimacy of the story telling. Here you can get up close and personal with the actors as they wow you with their performances. We do not allow touching or the feeding of our actors, however, as some of them have been known to bite !
The Lauriston STUDIO has its own private entrance onto the car park and patrons have full use of the Garrick bar and all our facilities in the main building. The Lauriston seats 49 comfortably and it is also accessible for wheelchairs. The studio is where we stage productions that are not always suitable for our main stage (401 seats) and therefore our shows often fill up quickly. The Lauriston’s reputation has continued to grow over the years with its thought-provoking and exciting plays. We regularly experience sell out shows. These productions can be challenging, deeply moving, hilarious or outrageous! You decide.
Only the first TWO productions, planned for the Laurison STUDIO in the 2019/2020 season, were actually performed.
Click the links below to find out more about these productions
The reviewer for the Sale and Altrincham Messenger, Rick Bowen, wrote in his annual review of Drama in Trafford that the opening of The Lauriston Studio was the ‘highlight of the year’ for 2006! The Lauriston Studio’s inaugural season was a huge success, staging six outstanding productions this season.
Seating only 49 people, it is an extremely intimate and stimulating theatre space that has become a fully integral part of the Altrincham Garrick Playhouse.
Following the generous donation of some tiered, retractable seating by The Lauriston Trust, the newly christened Lauriston Studio was officially opened to the public in October 2006 with a memorable production of ‘Two’ by Jim Cartwright.
Since then The Lauriston Studio Theatre has produced many exciting and cutting edge productions and has won awards for the quality of work produced there. It greatly expands Altrincham Garrick Playhouse’s creative repertoire by strongly encouraging community theatre and contemporary theatre arts in the North West and also in helping local writers develop brand new plays.
The Lauriston Studio is also used extensively by GAPA – The Garrick Academy of Performing Arts. This helps to generate an important and creative breeding ground, not only for the Altrincham Garrick Playhouse, but also for the wider community of South Manchester, as children and young adults develop their acting and technical skills and gain vital experience in an intimate and professionally set-up theatre space.
For actors, directors, technical staff and audiences alike, it is an exhilarating alternative theatre experience.
We feel that The Lauriston STUDIO is easily the ‘second’ best theatre in Altrincham so why not come and find out for yourself?
- There are five disabled parking spaces: 2 to the front of the building, 1 at Lauriston side and 2 to the right of the building.
- Please display permits at all time and only use these spaces if you have a current permit.
- There is a disabled toilet in the main auditorium and the Lauriston Studio can accommodate up to 4 wheelchairs.
- We do require advance booking for wheelchair spaces, so please inform our Box Office of your requirements.