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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.

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!

Our small team of Directors run Upstairs voluntarily and are we are given great support by our landlords and the wonderful community around us. 

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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Kit Fordham

Kit is a freelance stage manager and is currently working in the office at Bamboozle Theatre Company. She loves Leicester & particularly the West End – although working so close to Mithaas can be risky! 

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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.

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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.

Jake Leonard

Jake is a freelance theatre director from Leicester. His theatre credits include Ophelia (Upstairs at the Western), Powered by Fairydust (Live & Local rural tour) and George’s Marvellous Medicine (Curve Theatre). His first theatre show was a school trip to Lion King when he was 15!

Could this be you?

We need more Directors to join us! Get in touch with us at if you think you could be our next Director.

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 are always on the look out for Front of House volunteers who get to watch the show for free. Drop us an email if you’d be interested! 

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.