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Theatre Centre

The Theatre Centre is a purpose-built studio and theatrical design space that is available for hire to professionals and amateurs in the creative industries as well as others looking for a unique space to hire. The Theatre Centre facilities have been constructed to provide supportive and productive surroundings, where individuals and groups can practice their craft, create props and sets, or develop their skills.

The Theatre Centre is in Ringwood, close to the A31, and located in a non-residential area. We provide a welcoming environment and the staff at Forest Forge will also be on hand to assist you should you require any help.  

Forest Forge Theatre Centre



Parking: there are 10 designated parking spaces outside the front of The Theatre Centre premises.  In the evenings and at weekends there is additional parking available.

Entrance lobby: main, glass fronted, reception area. Leading into Studio, backstage and Workshop. Tiled floor. Toilets - Male/Female/ Disabled & Baby Changing. Doorway to stairs. Lift access to first floor.

The Studio: this is a flat open space, with lino floor covering, measuring 9.80m x 8m. The studio is curtained all around to create a ‘black box’. Height is 5m to rig. There is a room attached to this that is 9.80m by 4m and 2.56m high (see plan). This carpeted area can be closed off with a curtain. A fixed lighting rig is also available – please see Tech Spec for details. The Studio capacity: 60 people theatre style, 50 classroom style, 100 standing. Studio access: there are two easy get-in points at the front and side of the building.  The studio can be used for classes, discussion groups, performances, social gatherings and recordings.

Dressing Room: the dressing room seats four performers comfortably but can take up to 40 in the space. The mirrors have white bulb-light surrounds. A dress rail is provided and there is also some storage and shelving available.

Backstage toilet: there is a unisex toilet backstage.

Backstage shower: there is a unisex shower backstage. Towels can be supplied – by prior arrangement.

Laundry Room/Wardrobe: The Theatre Centre has a washing machine, tumble drier, iron and ironing board, which may be used by visiting companies for costumes - by prior arrangement.

The Workshop: this space is used for creating sets, props and backcloths. The Workshop has a paint frame that can easily take backcloths and gauzes measuring 5m x 5m. The Workshop also has conveniently located power supply points, sinks, worktops and a drying cabinet.

The Garden: There is a garden situated adjacent to The Studio. Access is either through the external gate or The Studio. Smoking is permitted in the garden.


The Green Room: the Green Room is divided into a galley kitchen and lounge area. The kitchen contains a fridge, oven, hob, sink, microwave and kettle. There is a selection of cutlery, crockery and some pots and pans. The lounge area has comfy sofas and a small round table for dining and meetings.

Production Office: located directly from The Green Room this room is also connected to the Manager’s Office. There is one telephone point. This room can also used for making costumes and smaller props.

Manager’s Office: this office accommodates two people comfortably. It has one telephone point and overlooks The Workshop.

Admin Office: this space is open-plan and is used for general administration. There is a print room containing the multi-use photocopier/printer. We also have office space and desk space available. Please telephone for details - 01425 470188.


WiFi: free WiFi is accessible throughout the building.

Smoking: all areas of the building are no smoking, however there is a garden area where smoking is permitted.

Accommodation/Digs: a list of local accommodation providers can be supplied upon request.

Local area: The Theatre Centre is within easy reach of local shops, Ringwood Town Centre, and Ringwood Leisure Centre. The New Forest National Park is within a five-minute drive.