Gatehouse Theatre Tour

NEW DATES ADDED: Book early as places are limited and all tours so far have sold out.

Join us for a backstage tour of the Gatehouse Theatre!

Our expert guides will reveal the story of Stafford’s magical venue from its beginnings as the historic Borough Hall right up to the modern day.

There’s a chance to see the dressing rooms, hear about how shows are put together, the stars that have played here and take a peek at our famous Green Room window wall and its dozens of famous autographs.

You might even get to meet some of our residents ghosts!

Places are limited to 10 and the tour involves some stairs so please bear this in mind when booking.

Includes a hot drink and scone in the coffee shop within the ticket price!


The Real Manhunter – Live

Writer, broadcaster and former murder detective DCI Colin Sutton takes you through his career – from cracking cold cases and chasing serial killers, to writing books and making TV shows.

He led many of the most high-profile and successful murder investigations of his generation, and although he’ll forever be associated with the arrest and conviction of serial killer Levi Bellfield and ‘Night Stalker’ Delroy Grant, his career was so much more.

As portrayed by Martin Clunes in the hit ITV real-crime drama Manhunt, meet the real DCI Sutton and hear how he tracked down some of Britain’s most notorious killers.



Shaun Ryder

He’s the wild man of rock who became a national treasure. Happy Mondays and Black Grape frontman Shaun Ryder is hitting the road for a new, spoken word tour. The star of more-TV-shows-than-anyone-has-a-right-to-feature-on – including Celebrity Gogglebox, and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, among many others – redefined the sex’n’drugs’n’rock’n’roll lifestyle during the halcyon age of Madchester. He’s touring in support of his new book: Happy Mondays – and Fridays and Saturdays and Sundays. Fans can look forward to a carnival of excess, wild tales, and improbable truths, as they enjoy the talents of a unique rock’n’roll star dubbed Britpop’s answer to WB Yeats. Strap yourselves in and say Hallelujah for Shaun.

Henry Cole on Tour

Hosted by Steve Parrish

Henry will be taking a break in between his busy schedule to bring to provincial theatres his “An Evening with Henry Cole- Happy Days” theatre show hosted by his good friend and renowned prankster Steve “Stavros” Parrish.

Henry Cole was educated at Eton at the same time as Boris Johnson and David Cameron has gone on to forge a career spanning some 32 years in the TV and movie industry.

He is currently on TV presenting The World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides (Discovery Quest), The Motorbike Show (ITV4), Shed and Buried (Discovery Quest), Find It, Fix It, Flog It (Channel 4), Find It, Fix It, Drive It (More4), Junk & Disorderly (ITV4) and The Great British Treasure Hunt (ITV4).

Steve will guide Henry through his incredible varied life covering stories about Henry’s battle with Heroin addiction between the ages of 19 and 24. He is now three decades clean but remains heavily involved in trying to help other addicts and share his experience in battling addiction.

Directing TV and Theatrical movies, including Mad Dogs and Englishmen starring Elizabeth Hurley.

Being the boss of Gladstone Motorcycles – not named after Henry’s great-great Uncle, William Ewart Gladstone the Prime Minister, but his great uncle Dick ‘Redbeard’ Gladstone, a true British eccentric who instigated Henry’s passion for classic British Motorcycle at the tender age of eight.

In 2013 Henry set a world land speed record for a pre-1955 750cc motorcycle, riding a Brough Superior and Gladstone on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Henry has directed over 70 TV commercials for brands like Flora, Mastercard, Top Up TV, Dixons, TFL, Amstrad and many other household names.

As well as television presenting, Henry owns HCA Entertainment, the television production company, which makes all the shows he fronts … and a whole lot more he doesn’t.

HCA Entertainment has produced – and Henry has directed – countless factual series for broadcasters including ITV, Channel 4, Sky 1, Channel 5, UKTV, Travel Channel, Discovery Networks, NBC and BBC. These include Grimefighters, Kensington Wives, Men Brewing Badly, London’s Greatest Hits, Supersize Grime, The Skulls of Sanctuary, Frontline Stories, Discovering Gardens and The Real Filth Fighters!

Along with motorcycles Henry is passionate about fishing, classic tractors, cycling and most importantly his dog Jelly Bean, wife Janie and his two sons, Charlie and Tom!

If that’s not enough to entertain you then throw in host Steve Parrish , former British Motorcycling  champion. Team mate to Barry Sheene.  He holds five European Truck racing titles. He was a BBC commentator for Motor GP. Pundit for Eurosports, World Superbikes, British Superbikes and covering TT & Classic TT races.

Name a Seat

Here’s your chance to become part of the furniture at the Gatehouse for the next 10 years, with our new ‘Name a Seat’ programme.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, mark a special moment, say thank you to a friend, or honour a fellow theatre lover, sponsoring a seat in the main auditorium is the perfect memento of happy hours spent at the Gatehouse down the years.

It might just be a memorable quote, or a tribute to your favourite act – the choice is yours.

Your support will make a big difference and help towards projects including our Gatehouse Youth Theatre groups, which give local youngsters their first taste of theatre, our Dementia Friendly Classic Film Afternoons, or our ongoing support for local community groups.

Simply choose what you’d like to say on your specially-engraved metal plaque and we’ll proudly display it on a seat of your choice for the next 10 years. The plaques are 76mm x 50mm Gilt Self Anodised aluminium plate, which can be engraved with up to four lines of text or a maximum of 75 characters.

Donations are £150 per seat (although you can add an extra amount if you wish).

You will also receive a downloadable Certificate of Thanks and a picture of the plaque in place (we will also happily arrange a visit to the theatre for you to grab your own photo).

So sponsor a seat today – and there’ll always be a part of you at the Gatehouse.

For further information, please contact the Box Office on 01785 619080.

Emma Kenny’s Killer Cults

Following on from the success of her Serial Killer Next Door tour, psychology expert Emma Kenny continues her journey into true crime and explores the mysterious and manipulative world of cults. How can ordinary people, living normal lives, choose to leave their families, friends and everything they have ever known to join a cult?

What is it about the power and allure of cult leaders that makes them able to control the minds of their members? And why do these so-called spiritual leaders turn into malevolent murderers?

Killer cults provides the answers, delving into the psychology of these charismatic killers and their followers, and analysing some of the most notorious and infamous cases, including Jim Jones and The Peoples Temple, David Koresh and the Branch Davidians and Marshall Applewhite’s Heaven’s Gate. Think you’re immune to the call of the cult? Join Emma and find out. ‘A must-see for all true crime fans.’

16+ age guidance

‘Touching the Void’s’ Simon Yates – My Mountain Life

On the remote Siula Grande in Peru in June 1985, mountaineer Simon Yates found himself in a desperately unenviable position. He was slowly being pulled off the mountain face by his injured partner, Joe Simpson, dangling on the rope 50 metres below. His action in cutting the rope saved both their lives in the epic of survival that followed and with the publication of the book ‘Touching The Void’, film and stage play both climbers became household names.It was an experience that could have put many off the sport of mountaineering – but not Simon. Over 35 years later, he is still a very active exploratory climber and guide, making several expeditions to the mountains each year. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, Alaska to Central Asia there is hardly a significant range that he has not visited.Come along and witness Simon’s tireless journey from that mountain in Peru to some of the remotest on the planet and share with him the drama, excitement and beauty of modern, lightweight alpinism. Told with wit, dry humour and lavishly illustrated with images and video collected on his great climbs.

“Simon is a totally engaging speaker, who both entertains and inspires.”

Dr Michael Mosley and Dr Clare Bailey – Eat (well), Sleep (better), Live (longer)!

Eat (well), Sleep (better), Live (longer)!

‘The perfect post-Christmas pick-me-up!’

For the first time ever, Dr Michael Mosley and Dr Clare Bailey are set to embark on a joint UK theatre tour, with their much-anticipated live theatre show.

This husband and wife and team have changed tens of thousands of lives with their international bestselling books (The Fast 800, Fast 800 Recipe book etc), award – winning programmes (Trust Me I’m a Doctor), and podcasts (Just One Thing).

In this informative, entertaining, and highly interactive live show, the health gurus will share their latest health tips, do cooking demos and show behind the scenes clips from upcoming TV series.

With mental and physical health problems on the rise, Michael and Clare will reveal how simple changes can transform your life, so we can all Eat well, Sleep better, and Live longer!

Stuart Michael – Psychic Medium

Direct from London’s West End – a thrilling and intriguing night of psychic mediumship!

Boasting an impressive, worldwide celebrity client list, Stuart brings his quick-witted humour, sensitivity, and compassion to the stage.

Sharing his personal story – the childhood gift of being able to see with the mind’s eye – Stuart uses his extraordinary abilities to connect with the spirit world.

Intuitively drawn to members of the audience, he brings forward direct messages from the other side. Don’t worry about where you’re sitting, Stuart will find you if he has a message for you!

Spreading comfort and empathy to those who come to him, he specialises in bringing messages from loved ones who have passed on.

And, recurring dreams are interpreted – no matter how silly, serious, or scary they may seem.

His message to the audience is to be open-minded and respectful for the evening ahead, and not to be nervous, as this will be an uplifting experience.

Don’t miss this unique and unforgettable evening. You have to see it to believe it. 

Please note: This show is for entertainment purposes only.