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.
The Hawth operates an Access Membership Scheme that offers discounted tickets booked by phone or in person. For more information on how to sign up, check their guide here.
The Hawth's accessible features include:
The Hawth brochure is available in Braille, email, large print and audio CD versions Copies are available on request from 01293 859954 or firstname.lastname@example.org.