We are excited to be part of our local community!

Last year we received funding from Everard’s to get our locals involved and started our LEFREE project. LE3, LE-Free – see what we did there?

Whilst this project has ended, we still want to get involved and be a hub for the creative people of the West End. See below for opportunities and events currently happening!

Do you share our love of the theatre ?

We are looking for new volunteers to join us in running Leicester’s pub theatre.

Upstairs At The Western is a not-for-profit social enterprise which operates Leicester’s pub theatre above The Western public house on Western Road (just off Narborough Road and the city’s West End), which is an Everards tenancy. The theatre is a small but fully equipped arts space, with 42 raked seats and a 4m x 4m stage, which specialises in small and immersive performances. We are a receiving theatre, bringing the work of both local artists and national touring companies to stage. We also help emerging artists and theatre companies develop their stage craft and get their first shows to stage. The theatre programs a wide range of genres (ie drama, poetry, comedy, improv, magic and music), prioritising the work of women and non-binary artists across our Spring and Autumn seasons. Our space is also used by artists for workshops and rehearsals.

The theatre is run by an enthusiastic group of volunteers who all have a passion for the arts and theatre in particular.

If you are interested in joining us, please email us in the first instance on and we’ll get back to you.

Enteranxe to CafeWest building

Crafternoons At The Western

We have a friendly, local Craft group open to all that runs weekly with afternoon and evening sessions. 

Last year we received funding from Everards to run these sessions with local artists. It was a great success and we loved meeting our local crafty crew.

We enjoyed the Crafternoons so much that we decided to carry them on – so join us for the sessions listed below if you’d like to join us!

Art Walks

In Autumn last year we ran five walks around the area led by local artists which gave us a different way to look at the West End. 

It was a blast! We’re hoping to run some more in the future so keep an eye out here for further information!

Get involved!

We believe our little pub theatre should be at the heart of our community. 

Want some rehearsal space? Want to volunteer? Want to test your new show out? We want to hear from you!

Email us at and if we can help, we will!

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