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Leicester's Only Pub Theatre

Upstairs at the Western is Leicester’s only pub theatre. We programme at least 50% female or non-binary led work with a focus on small cast high quality shows.

After 18 months of closure due to Coronavirus we are opening again in September 2021. We have survived this terrible time due to emergency funding from Arts Council England.

We are a 42 seat black box theatre with full tech and projection.

We are above the fabulously renovated The Western a much loved community pub – now with Cafe West – in the heart of Leicester’s vibrant West End.

We plan to return to a full programme of shows as soon as we can

Support Upstairs at The Western

We are a non profit CIC with a team of volunteers running the place from front of house and technicians through to our team of directors. If you value our work please consider donating to support our work

Get Involved

Check here for our latest opportunities and call outs. If none are listed feel free to send us a message to find out how you can get involved at

The Directors

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Alison Dunne

Writer, playwright, poet, founder of Fishhouse Theatre, Alison’s work has been published – including by Virago – and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Fishhouse has been producing work by and about women since 2016.

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Kierann Shah

Ki is a scientist, writer and improviser. Since moving to Leicester she has started SupHERgroup an amazing collaboration of improvising women.
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Kit Fordham

Kit works as a freelance Stage Manager and is currently working as an Admin Assistant at Bamboozle Theatre Company. She is extremely excited to be a part of Upstairs at the Western’s board of Directors!

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William Breden

Will Breden is a writer of theatre, poetry and prose. He’s currently pursuing a PhD at De Montfort University. He lives with five cats and one wife here in Leicester.
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Gina-Rose Stalley

Originally from Essex, Drama and Creative Writing graduate, Gina-Rose has been involved with the theatre since she moved to Leicester. Starting off as a volunteer she then progressed to Front of House Manager and now Company Director.
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David Bell

David is a freelance strategist, planner, business case writer and project manager. He can usually be found in a theatre, concert or art gallery somewhere in Leicester.

Contact us

If you’d like to bring a show please contact

For anything else please email

If you’d like to volunteer with us please get in touch.

We’re not booking hires for events currently but we can offer our space for rehearsals and workshops so please get in touch at

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Fishhouse Theatre

Fishhouse Theatre  is our resident theatre company, making work here and putting on shows in our auditorium. Fishhouse has received funding from Arts Council England to develop shows.