Events and Theatre Hire

Here at the Bedford Corn Exchange Complex we have three spaces that are suitable for performances; the Main Auditorium, Harpur Suite and Howard Room .

Tiered seating plan - theatre hire in Bedford


Main Auditorium

Theatre Style

Caberet Style

Harpur Suite

Theatre Style


Cabaret Style

140 (with dance floor)

160 (no dance floor)

Howard Room

Theatre Style

Cabaret Style

Technical information

The Bedford Corn Exchange Complex deals with a wide variety of events and clients. Which include; major professional touring acts and amateur productions. With a large range of industry standard sound and lighting equipment, the technical team can provide the expertise to meet a client’s requirements.

For further technical information please click here

Central Box Office

The Central Box Office sells tickets for all shows held at the Bedford Corn Exchange Complex including many different events taking place in and around the borough. As Bedford’s principal ticket office, conveniently placed in the centre of town, the Central Box Office is the ideal facility to maximise ticket sales. Tickets can be sold on behalf of a client on a commission basis.

There are various ways in which the venue can be hired for a performance, these include:

  • Hall Hire
  • Percentage Splits
  • First Calls
  • Guarantees

Click here to download a copy of our Box Office Contract


Performance marketing is the responsibility of the hirer. We are however able to assist you by undertaking the following:

  • Advertising the event in the Bedford Corn Exchange quarterly brochure
  • Listing the event on our website, which includes online booking
  • Providing a local press contact list
  • Displaying posters and leaflets in and around the venue
  • E- Marketing (at an additional pre-agreed cost)
  • Providing a mailing list if required (at an additional pre-agreed cost).

Useful downloads:

Additional Charges Main Auditorium

Additional Charges Harpur Suite

Additional Charges Howard Room

Venue Booking form

Conditions of hire