pre-theatre dining

If you’re attending a show why not start the evening by visiting the new Simply Classic Bistro and indulge in some pre-theatre dining?

The Simply Classic Bistro will be open two hours prior to most performances and will take orders until thirty minutes prior to showtime. We highly recommend reserving a table as already most performances have reservations, reserve a table by calling 01282 477114 or emailing

Since the launch of the Bistro on the 1st June 2015 we have developed a reputation for offering great food and service in a very different atmosphere not found anywhere else in the town centre. The comfortable and relaxed atmosphere along with fresh food prepared on site allows you to sit back and thoroughly enjoy the evening ahead.

View the Pre-Theatre Dining Menu

Pre theatre dining is available for the following performances:


The Simon & Garfunkel Story – Friday 29th September – from 5:30pm

Mad About the Musicals – Thursday 5th October – from 5:30pm

Totally Tina – Friday 13th October – from 5:30pm

Tom Stade – Saturday 14th October – from 5:30pm

Jack Pack – Friday 20th October – from 5:30pm

Graeme Swann’s Great British Spin Off with Henry Blofeld – Wednesday 25th October – from 5:30pm

Rockin’ & Rolling with Laughter – Friday 27th October – from 5:30pm

Jimeoin – Thursday 2nd November – from 5:30pm

Magic of Motown – Friday 3rd November – from 6pm

Talon – Saturday 4th November – from 5:30pm

Jekyll & Hyde – Saturday 11th – Saturday 18th November – from 5:30pm

We Three Kings of Rock & Roll – Saturday 25th November – from 5:30pm

The Nutcracker – Sunday 26th November – from 3pm (Afternoon Tea only)

A Christmas Carol – Thursday 21st December – from 5:30pm

The Snow Queen – Saturday 13th & Saturday 20th January – from 5pm

The Christians – Friday 16th February – from 6pm

The Quo Experience – Friday 23rd February – from 6pm

Barry Steele in The Roy Orbison Story 30 Special – Saturday 24th February – from 5:30pm

G4 in Concert – Friday 9th March – from 5:30pm

Jive Talkin’ – Saturday 10th March – from 5:30pm

Get Ready… Soul Show – Friday 23rd March – from 5:30pm

Footloose – Friday 6th & Saturday 7th April – from 5:30pm

Chris Connor – Friday 4th & Saturday 5th May – from 5:30pm

Group Bookings

If you’re in a group of 8 or more and would like to reserve a table for pre theatre dining you will be required to complete a pre-order form. Either click on the link below to download the pre-order form or contact the box office for more information.

Download the Pre-Theatre Group Pre Order Form.

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Looking for an afternoon treat? Why not try our Afternoon Tea.
Afternoon Tea is available Monday - Friday until 1:30pm.
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