Paradise in Augustines: The Sanctuary

This is the main worship area of the building, and is on the entrance level of the venue. It is a large, beautiful and extremely flexible space making it particularly suitable for larger scale works.

Over the years this space has hosted several hit shows including Spring Awakening, Avenue Q and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Perfect for:

  • Large cast musicals
  • Dance
  • Live bands & concerts
  • Opera
  • Full-scale sets
  • Ambitious technical requirements


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The Sanctuary Detail
Capacity 110 (raked)
Stage (WxD) 8m* x 6m (boarded and covered in black dance floor)
Height to grid 4.6m
Dimmers 12 channels
Lighting Desk ETC Ion
Sound Desk Behringer X32
PA 1.8kW FoH rig, plus foldback
Audio Sources Twin CD, 3.5mm min-jack input, 2 x SM58 microphones included, Radio mics available on request
Projection 1280 x 800 WXGA, remote focus on 3.6m screen on upstage tabs

[*] Some of the width may need to be kept clear of set and props to allow for fire access. However, it will be available to be acted upon.


The performance area will be covered with black dance floor. (This will be laid over the short pile carpet, with an intermediate wood layer). There is no fixed staging, but the stage area includes a raised dais approximately 300mm (12') high, with intermediate step at front and sides.

Wing spaces are defined by black drapes, which are also used to create a cross-over behind the performance area. Grid height will be around 4.6m (15’6”).

The overall height of the space is around 10m (32'). Headroom to beneath the balcony in the wings is 3.0m.


A projector is hung from the grid, and features remote zoom and focus. A 3.6m motorized screen (1280 x 800) is provided upstage. VGA and HDMI connections are available at the technical desk.


The lighting provided in The Sanctuary is our most flexible rig, including a combination of moving lights, LED general cover, LED back/side lights and conventional fixtures. 


This space has two flown speakers covering the audience, two subs under the seating and two flown foldback speakers covering the stage.  A Behringer X32 digital mixer is provided for control.  A twin CD player and two SM58 microphones are provided, and a 16-channel digital stage box can be used in the stage-right wing or on stage for live audio. Additional foldback speakers are available for use on stage or in the wing for bands.


Access to The Sanctuary is via two steps or a ramp, with space for wheelchairs at the front of the seating rake.


View from the technical desk
View from the technical desk
Large scale sets (Addams Family - 2015)
Large scale sets (Addams Family - 2015)
High Definition projection
High Definition projection
An audience prepares for a show (Little Shop of Horrors - 2015)
An audience prepares for a show (Little Shop of Horrors - 2015)