Hat Factory

  • About
    Luton's leading arts and entertainment venue featuring live music, club nights, theatre, dance, films, children's activities, workshops, classes and gallery exhibitions.

    The Hat Factory is a centre of artistic excellence set within a vibrant urban environment. It offers the young and the young at heart the chance to engage with the arts, to be inspired by the UK’s leading arts practitioners, and to develop artistic skills and confidence.

    The Hat Factory is a combined arts venue in the centre of Luton. It opened in 2003 and since then has been the area’s main provider of contemporary theatre, dance and music. We work with both emerging and proven producers and artists, through programming, engagement programmes and our Associate Artist scheme.

    Our music programming is vibrant, offering an eclectic portfolio of high quality artists
    from the worlds of jazz, blues, folk, world music, indie and hip hop. Complementing our own programming, we welcome local/regional promoters to the venue, broadening our music offer and at the same time supporting young promoters and their businesses.

    We programme contemporary theatre and dance with a focus on fresh, new and relevant stories from both established and emerging touring companies who are making high quality work in the UK. We’ve programmed companies like Earthfall, Chickenshed, New International Encounter (NIE), Trestle, Menagerie, Eastern Angles, Atma, State of Emergency, 30 Bird, Tavaziva, Analogue and Jean Abreu Dance to name but a few.
  • Built in
    1929
  • Capacity
    112
  • Address
    65-67 Bute Street
    Luton
    LU1 2EY
  • Booking Contact
    01582 878100
  • Website

Connected Mandy members:

Oriana Charles
2019, The Eden Effect
Tiff
Austin Backhouse
Austin Backhouse
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, Factory Reset
Stage Management Intern
Purdy Bhogal
Purdy Bhogal
Sound Engineer
2017, Where Is Home, The Hat Factory, Luton.
Sound Engineer & Operator
Joanna Robertson
Joanna Robertson
Duty Manager
2017, What would Beyonce Do
Duty Manager
Aaron Spendelow
2017, Riki Cycle
Riki
Bethany Gwyn
Bethany Gwyn
Actor
2016, Goat
Jill
Georgiana Mihai
Georgiana Mihai
Wardrobe Assistant
2016, CIRQUE Shoot - promotional video
Costume Designer
Luke Rollason
2015, 1914: All Our Heroes
Multiple Roles
Joshua Woolery-Allen
2014, Songs For The Strange
Lost Man
Emily Wyatt
Emily Wyatt
Actor
2014, Rebecca Newton and the eternal flame
Rebecca Newton
Peter Wicks
Peter Wicks
Actor
2013, You Obviously Know What I'm Talking About
Storyteller
Deborah McEwan
2013, Tabletop Games
Abbie
Luke Elliott
Luke Elliott
Actor
2013, Also By Mail
Wale
Helen Booth
Helen Booth
Actor
2012, You Obviously Know What I'm Talking About (Research and Development workshop)
Actor/Musician
Peter Wicks
Peter Wicks
Actor
2012, You Obviously Know What I'm Talking About (Research & Development Workshop)
Actor / Musician
Mikkel Buda Svak
Mikkel Buda Svak
Lighting Director
2010, The Chair
Technical Stage Manager
Emma Ayre
Emma Ayre
Technician
2010, Luton Fringe Festival
Venue Technician
Effie McGuire Ward
2010, [ex]posed?
Dancer
Grégoire A. Meyer
2009, TROOP
Dancer
Alexander Taylor
Alexander Taylor
Sound Engineer
2009, Sharlene Hector & Friends Jazz Gospel
Live/ Mixing Engineer