A flexible space which can be set up in a variety of layouts and is ideal for performances, presentations and networking events.

The Atkinson is unavailable to hire for private celebrations including wedding receptions, birthday parties and discos.

General Information

The Studio is an open stage venue, although with provision for a soft proscenium as and when required. Full stage depth is 5m. The stage wall to wall measurement is 14.6m. The soft proscenium arch height would be about 5m with an overall opening width of about 9m. The stage is 625mm above the auditorium floor level.

A first floor venue with loading access off the rear Sharrock Street loading bay via a goods lift.

Please note: Performance space specifications are subject to change, please contact the venue prior to your visit to confirm current specs.

The Atkinson – Technical Information Pack

If you require further technical advise please email our Technical team who will be happy to help:


  • Raked Seating: Reserved seating (capacity 280)
  • Clubstyle: Tables & Chairs lower level (unreserved capacity 104) / Balcony reserved seating (capacity 124)



For further information and venue hire packages please email and a member of the team will be in touch.

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