The Hawth is Crawley’s main arts and entertainment complex. Located just outside the town centre in a 38 acre wooded site, this performing arts venue offers up touring productions of live music, theatre, comedy and dance for the people of Crawley and wider West Sussex.
The Hawth opened in April 1988 and is mainly used to accommodate touring productions. However, it has hosted resident production companies at times in its history, including Shaker Productions in the 1990s and Pitchy Breath Theatre Company. If you’re hoping to catch a touring West End musical, comedian, or musician, the Hawth will not let you down. The venue also hosts a range of children’s events and community events.
One of the Hawth’s most impressive features is its variety of performance spaces, the largest being its grand 855-seater theatre which is often converted into an exhibition or conference venue. Its smaller 146-seater studio is a more intimate performance space, while it also boasts a permanent exhibition space and an outdoor amphitheatre which is a delightful place to catch a show during the summer months.
With the Crawley Folk Festival and the Crawley Mela just a few of the festivals which use the venue, the Hawth lies right at the heart of Crawley’s cultural life.