The Core Theatre Solihull
The Core Theatre Solihull
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A multi-purpose arts venue in the heart of Solihull town centre. The Core Theatre comprises a 336 seat raked theatre fully equipped technically with stage flying system, sound and lighting. A smaller multi-use Studio seating up to 130 is equipped for small scale theatrical presentations, music events, workshops, walk-in conferences and day sales etc. The Courtyard Gallery and Art Space is an exhibition space as well as an area for creative activities, which is also available for hire. Contact us to hire any of the spaces. The busy venue hosts a varied mix of professional and amateur events including music, drama, comedy and dance. Most areas are available to hire and successful events are held almost every night ranging from local drama groups to national commercial promoters who find The Core Theatre a thriving, successful venue with loyal and supportive audiences. See hire pages for details of How to hire. The venues’ eatery ENCORE serves hot and cold snacks and drinks plus full catering for functions and events. Box Office is just across the main foyer of our modern, accessible building which is shared with Solihull Central Library and Solihull Connect the one-stop-shop facility for Solihull Council as well as the other new teams and groups recently arriving into Solihull's flagship community venue and information hub.
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  • Teaandcake17
    104 contributions
    Pantomime delight
    Beauty and the Beast is a fantastic pantomime. Brilliant performances from everyone. I was a helper on a primary school visit this morning and thoroughly enjoyed the show plus it was such a pleasure to see the children joining in and having such a lovely time. The care and attention from The Core staff to ensure children with additional needs were catered for was excellent. Well done to everyone involved, it has certainly got my Christmas off to a great start.
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 15, 2022
  • Patty V
    64 contributions
    Lovely small theatre, good value & great Panto.
    Went with my family & young (nearly 2 year old) grandson to see the Beauty & The Beast Pantomime on their last performance & was really impressed. Not knowing how our little one would cope in a confined space & not wanting to disturb other audience members, we deliberately got the back seats so we could nip out if necessary, however he was absolutely gripped throughout. Don't know anything about the theatre company who put on the show, but the singing, dancing & costumes etc were all excellent. If I have any criticism at all, it would be it did seem overly loud, particularly for young ears, but it's really only a slight grumble. I've always liked the Core Theatre, particularly as it's small, so even on the back row there's a good view & it didn't disappoint. Also nice to be offered a booster seat for a young child. They seem to have really increased the range of shows on offer too, so definitely going to keep an eye out for further productions.
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 16, 2023
  • milly
    Birmingham, United Kingdom37 contributions
    Very cosy and nice
    Lovely little theatre, has nice shows. Cosy inside, with a niceibrary attached. Cheap but lovely coffee shop. Staff are pleasant, nice alternative to big expensive theatres
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 31, 2023
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Daniel D
Birmingham, UK30 contributions
Jan 2020
I visited the Solihull Core Library to try the food served at the café rather than watch a theatre production. The food at the cafe is respectable. The place is well kept and the service is fine. I ordered a jacket potato with beans and it met my expectations, it was a generous portion of potato and well-cooked baked beans, the salad wasn’t need but was fine - deserving a rating of 8/10. My buddy ordered a cheese toastie, which earned a decent 7/10, the coleslaw was a bonus. Thanks to the staff at Solihull Library café, looking forward to my next visit.
Written February 7, 2020
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Teaandcake17
Solihull104 contributions
Dec 2022
Beauty and the Beast is a fantastic pantomime. Brilliant performances from everyone. I was a helper on a primary school visit this morning and thoroughly enjoyed the show plus it was such a pleasure to see the children joining in and having such a lovely time. The care and attention from The Core staff to ensure children with additional needs were catered for was excellent. Well done to everyone involved, it has certainly got my Christmas off to a great start.
Written December 15, 2022
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terence S
Solihull, UK6 contributions
Sep 2021
Visit the Core theatre regularly and have never been disappointed with any of the productions. I am always very impressed with the excellent customer service at the theatre booking office. The staff are always friendly, courteous and helpful. My husband is registered disabled and the theatre staff are always there to assist. It is a little gem of a theatre!
Written September 17, 2021
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Anne B
Birmingham, UK3 contributions
Sep 2020
Visited the Core theatre cafe for morning breakfast roll and coffee today after 6 months of covid closure.
Excellent safety procedures in place with social distancing and track and trace in operation. Staff were welcoming and efficient and we were glad to return to such a safe environment
Well done all.
Written September 11, 2020
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milly
Birmingham, UK37 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
Lovely little theatre, has nice shows. Cosy inside, with a niceibrary attached. Cheap but lovely coffee shop. Staff are pleasant, nice alternative to big expensive theatres
Written May 31, 2023
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KenSolihull_England
Solihull, UK206 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
Been a few times and each time am amazed by te quality of the acts and the service in the cafe/bar. The staff are so helpful and make the evening more enjoyable
Written May 19, 2018
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AshtonKate M
Solihull, UK26 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
Delicious! In a very relaxing atmosphere. Good service from a friendly staff. Will definitely go again!
Written December 11, 2018
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Michelle Williams
2 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
Amazing lemongrass and ginger tea, great service with a smile!! Would definitely visit again and take friends!!
Written August 15, 2019
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KenSolihull_England
Solihull, UK206 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Been here many times as the variety of shows they put on are varied and should suit most people. The seats are comfortable the view is good and the catering/bar is very good.
Written April 28, 2019
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Chris
Hinckley, UK876 contributions
Mar 2020
We visited 'The Core' to see the exhibition 'Solihull then and now' which was on the first floor. The exhibition wasn't overly big but it was interesting to see how Solihull has changed over the years which the vast majority of it hasn't been for the good. It would have been good to see more pictures of the changes but if you like seeing some history it is a good exhibition. There was a short video which someone took while driving round the old streets of Solihull which is like modern day dash cam video which was very interesting and made you wonder how they could allow the destruction of the buildings.

It is easy to get into the library/theatre, there wasn't any barriers which I was expecting. There is a cafe inside as well which didn't try but was reasonably busy as there was a show starting not long after we got there. It is just next to Touchwood by the Cineworld end and just at the top of the escalator for the car park.
Written March 15, 2020
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