Solihull Arts Complex

A Safe Reopening at The Core Theatre

A Safe Reopening at The Core Theatre
posted 21 May 2021

We are delighted that we are now able to welcome everyone back to The Core Theatre Solihull. We have missed you, and are looking forward to having audiences back in the building for our upcoming film & live theatre programme, as well as exercise classes and Encore café dining.

We were pleased to reopen our Box Office front counter on 17 May, allowing customers to visit us face-to-face (albeit behind a perspex screen) for the first time since March 2020! Box Office opening hours are currently Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 2.30pm. We have also been able to reopen our Encore Café for indoor dining, which you can read more about below.


Keeping Our Customers Safe

The safety and well-being of our customers and colleagues is our primary concern, and so we have taken steps to ensure that it’s simple to protect yourself and others when visiting The Core Theatre and Encore Café.


Theatre, Foyer and Box Office

We ask that visitors to The Core wear a mask or other suitable face covering whilst in the building. This does not apply to customers seated in Encore, but we ask that people please put their masks back on after eating/drinking to move around the building.

Audiences must keep their mask on at all times in the theatre, unless in the process of drinking or eating. For shows beyond 21 June 2021, any social distancing and wearing of masks, will be subject to guidance given at the time.

Please be aware that we are required to collect customer contact details, for the purposes of NHS Track and Trace. The easiest way to do so is to scan our QR Code using the NHS app on your smartphone.

We have hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities available, and ask that customers use these regularly. 

Our initial programme of films and live shows will be socially distanced up until 21 June at the earliest (subject to government restrictions). Please download a PDF copy of our current programme highlights to see what's on.


Encore Cafe

Encore reopened for indoor dining on 17 May.We currently offer table service for ordering and payment, serving Fairtrade fresh coffee, tea and a selection of food. 

We are only allowed to allocate six people per table, and we will assume that you are from a maximum of 2 households, as per current government restrictions.

Following the success of our outdoor dining and takeaway offer, we will be continuing to provide friendly table service in our outdoor seating area. Solihull BID have revamped Theatre Square with additional chalets and benches, where you can sit and enjoy our takeaway options.

If you have any special catering needs please ask, we'll certainly assist if we can.


Studio & Gallery

In order to practise effective social distancing, we have had to limit exercise classes to 12 people. (We are hoping to increase this number in September). We have allocated 3 metre squares on the Studio floor.  You should keep within your space throughout the class.

Classes must be pre-booked, and cannot be paid for on the door. Each class goes on sale at 12noon the week before the next class, and early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Participants should wear a face mask until they are in their allocated square, then masks can be removed. They must be worn when visiting toilets or leaving the building. Participants should bring their own water bottle, and their own yoga mat if required.

In order to properly sanitise our Studio between classes, we have had to limit the number of sessions available. Classes are timed throughout the day to allow a thorough cleaning and ventilation regime.  We’ve allowed up to 1 hour between classes to allow us to fully ventilate the Studio, sweep and mop floors and wipe down furniture. We are aware how popular our classes are, and looking to increase the number of classes in September.  



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What's On at The Core Theatre?

We are excited to have launched a brand new film programme at The Core Theatre Solihull. This is an introductory season of film and as we’re working on future programming, we always appreciate feedback. Please visit the Film section of our website to see what films we have planned.

We also have a variety of live shows to look forward to, starting with a family friendly performance of 'How The Koala Learnt To Hug' on 3 June at 3pm. We have some great live music planned, including shows from Barry Steele, The Opera Boys, Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer, and more! Comic and chef George Egg will be cooking up some laughs, and there will be some gentle drama in one-man play Old Herbaceous. 

We are thrilled to return to Brueton Park this summer for our popular outdoor shows - this year audiences can join us for a fresh take on A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the David Walliams favourite Mr Stink. 

Have a look at our current list of theatre highlights, and hopefully we will see you soon!