The Shop Front Theatre

The Shop Front Theatre
38 City Arcade, Coventry, CV1 3HW
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The Shop Front Theatre, Theatre Absolute

A fish and chip shop turned theatre. The venue sits approximately 55 people and has no lighting rig or prop store so performances are stripped back affairs. Theatre Absolute work in the shop and the space is available for hire to other organisations, individual artists and users.

The Shop Front Theatre is an old fish and chip shop restaurant, once called Fishy Moore’s, located on the corner of Queen Victoria Road and the bottom of City Arcade, in Coventry city centre precinct. In December 2009, after negotiating terms with Coventry city council, Theatre Absolute opened for the doors. It is the only professional theatre space of its kind in the UK. The space is essentially empty, seating 50 + people in any configuration. It has domestic voltage and minimal lighting on stands.

The space is available for hire to other users and is open all year round, shape shifting to suit various needs: a theatre performance space, a rehearsal space, a gallery space, a dance space, a receiving space for touring work, and much more. In any of its formats, the premise of the Shop Front Theatre is to offer high quality theatre and arts experiences, either as participants or audiences, at an affordable price with direct and diverse access opportunities for the public and artists.

The Shop Front Theatre receives no core funding. Theatre Absolute is a registered charity 1134077 and donations can be made via

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