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Sorry, we're closed

Despite our best efforts over the last few weeks to avoid any disruptions to services we’ve had to take the difficult decision to temporarily close Cornerstone Arts Centre and the Nourish café as we need to carry out urgent maintenance work that affects the heating of the building.

January and February are traditionally quiet times for the centre, and we’re hoping to find alternative venues or dates for the events coming up, to keep disruption to a minimum.

We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience and any disappointment following this news, but given the cold weather we’re having, it’s very important to us to make sure we’re looking after the health and well-being of our visitors and staff.

Cornerstone auditorium

Technical Facilities

The auditorium is a fantastic multi-functional space with retractable bleacher seating and a flat floor stage which gives us flexibility as to the best set up for performances. The walls are lined with light oak and fabric acoustic panelling ensuring superb acoustics for all performance genres.

Cornerstone has extensive, up to date technical kit for a venue of our size including sound and lighting desks, lighting rigs and systems to ensure top quality production values for your performance. Our tech specs are available as downloads on this page.

Our service yard at the rear of Cornerstone enables you to unload through the loading bay on to the stage. The sat nav postcode is OX11 8RJ.

If you have a show booked in to the auditorium, one of our team will be in contact shortly to discuss your requirements but should you need to contact us please contact Technical Co-ordinator, Grover Hall using the contact details below. Please do note that the technical team do not work Mondays and work irregular hours due to the nature of their work. 

Grover Hall, Technical Co-ordinator, or 01235 515137 

Auditorium Seating Capacities*

  • Bleacher seating without additional front row (212 max)
  • Bleacher seating with an additional front row of 17 chairs (229 max)
  • 9 x Circular tables seating 10-12 people (9 tables max to seat 112 max)
  • 12 x Circular tables seating 6 people (12 tables max)

*Auditorium capacity varies according to the number of people attending using wheelchairs

This number does not include seats assigned to ushers to comply with Cornerstone’s emergency procedures.

Backstage Facilities

We have two large dressing rooms which can accommodate 10 and 15 people respectively and a beautiful Green Room overlooking the town square. All the rooms are situated on the same floor as the auditorium and no more than 30 seconds walk away from the stage. All the rooms are fully accessible with three accessible shower rooms and four wc’s.