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Why the name?

The 1803 theatre is named to commemorate the year the first theatre opened in Andover. Although not much is documented about this elusive playhouse it is recorded as being opened in Newbury Street in the year 1803.

About the space

The performance space is a fully rigged 100-seat studio theatre and home to Andover’s outstanding range of Performing Arts subjects.

Is the theatre available for hire?

Absolutely, The 1803 is available for hire for commercial, professional, amateur and community performances at really competitive rates. A technician can be made available for an additional fee. We are conveniently situated in the heart of the community within walking distance of Andover Town Centre and the train station and there is plenty of on-site parking.

What are your rates?

This is dependent on your needs, if you contact us with your requirements we will tailor a package to suit you, please email

Rates Per Hour

This includes the hire of using the space and a dedicated technician who will be on hand for any lighting and sound assistance you may need.

Please bear in mind that during term time the theatre will be heavily used for teaching and student productions and availability will be much better outside of these times.

Auditorium seating sits 98 people with the possibility for 2 rows of 16 in front on the flat floor bring capacity to 120.

The 1803 is a black box theatre with soft tabs on tracks; there are no tabs to act as a front curtain or above stage to split it.
The stage is floor level with a performance space 10x8m with Harlequin Allegro flooring over a concrete base floor, there is Wing access stage right 2m wide and stage left 30 cm space from the wall to the tabs.
Backstage space is stage right with space for set and props.
Loading access is via double fire doors and the side of the theatre with Company Parking next to the theatre and in car park in front for the public.

Desks: Allen & Heath qu24
Behringer eurorack UB222FX PRO
Speakers: 2 x JBL m series 330mk 2 on the floor either side of stage in front of setting line
Amps: Audio RA 3001 amp
2 Way CD player and cue rack
24 channel stage box
3 x Hitachi
3 x Screens (Auditorium right, Upstage centre, centre stage)

Above stage
11x Acclaim profile 24/44
10x Strand quartets
10x Patt 123
6x Patt 23
6x Acclaim floods
4x Patt 137 floods
4x Par 36 pin spots
3x UV strip lights
2x UV cannon
2x Birdie
1x Strand SL 15/35
1X Minuette
9 x Par 64 4 x Par 64
4x Wall practical ( 2x Brass single, 2x Black Lantern)
Lantern stock
House Lights
3x Patt 137 floods
4X Strand acclaim floods

Desk: Zero 88 jester 24/48
6 beta dimmer racks
92-way Dimming (68 over stage, 24 over seating bank, 12 floor circuits 6 each side)
Grid access via Youngman scaff tower

Andover College
Charlton Road
SP10 1EJ

By foot

The 1803 is situated a two-minute walk from the main town centre and bus station or a ten-minute walk from Andover Rail station.

By train

Services link Andover with many major towns and cities including Winchester, Salisbury and Basingstoke.

The 1803 is less than one mile (approximately 10 minutes’ walk) from the railway station.

Leave the railway station by the main exit and turn left into Station Approach and at the end of the road turn right and walk past the Baptist Church towards the roundabout. Cross over the dual carriageway by footpath where you will walk into a small recreation area. Follow the path over a small bridge and ahead of you is the sign for Andover College. Follow along the path until your opposite the Lloyds banking group and the turn left at the sign on the building for the 1803.

By car

From the A303, leave at the junction signposted Andover and Walworth Industrial Estate (A3093). Follow signs to town centre and leisure centre through two roundabouts. At the third roundabout (Sainsbury’s, The Range) take the second exit, still following leisure centre signs. At the next roundabout (Folly roundabout) take the first exit into Charlton Road. The 1803 is located in the second car park on the right.