The Ashcroft Theatre
Dimensions:140 x 190 m2
Capacities:Total 755 (inc. 216 circle seats upstairs). Front Stalls Only 381. Front Stalls and Upper Stalls 539 (i.e. all downstairs, circle empty).
Wi-fi:The Ashcroft Theatre can be enabled for Wi-Fi, at extra cost, Fairfield has the proven capacity to host 2000 concurrent portable devices. Fairfield is in a mobile phone network high strength signal area.
Lighting:In addition to the lantern stock available for hire, the theatre offers a Strand 530I with Strand EC90 digital dimmers driving 156 circuits. With the ability to control intelligent units, this board can easily control 500 circuits and run over 500 cues.
Sound:Incoming companies / hirers have the use of the following as part of the hire: 3 x mics, 1 x mixer, FOH amps and speakers, 1 x pair of monitor speakers, 1 x CD player.
The in-house PA consists of Meyer UPA-1A & USW-1, UPM-1A and UM1 speakers arranged respectively around the auditorium and stage. The speakers are driven by HH M900 MOS-FET power amplifiers protected by Meyer Ultra-Series M1 and MPS3 system controllers.
The overall system is controlled by Yamaha AD8HR and DME64N units, with a Yamaha M7CL digital mixing desk. Monitoring is provided using Logic Systems LM12 and EV T221M speakers, powered by Yamaha P2500 and P3500 amps.
The Ashcroft Theatre accommodates very large conferences and meetings, as well as playing host to commercial entertainment events, dance festivals, awards/graduation ceremonies and large weddings (click here for wedding details )
Fairfield is also one of the few venues in the UK that can be enabled for simultaneous wifi use of up to 2000 portable devices. With its close connections to Gatwick and central London this makes it ideal venue for IT/Web and e-media industry meetings and conferences.
Named after the Croydon-born Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Fairfield’s 755- seat proscenium arch theatre stages a vast number of events throughout the year.
The Ashcroft stage is equipped with 30 counterweight flying lines, a 12 metre grid and a scene dock with 6 metre high shutters allowing access from the yard to the stage. The forestage in front of the proscenium can be electronically positioned at stage level, auditorium level or lowered to the orchestra pit. Full communications and cueing systems (including CCTV), which can be adapted to support most variations, make even the most complex audiovisual presentation simple to coordinate.
There is also disabled access, dressing rooms (most with ensuite), company office and an infra-red system for the hearing impaired.