Crown Wharf Theatre Joule's takeover

Another theatre takeover at the tap!

On Easter Saturday (16 April 2022), Crown Wharf Theatre will again take over the Joule’s tap in Stone – and this time the kids are in charge!

Young people from Stone’s Rooftop Theatre and Musical Youth Theatre Stafford will be performing between 2pm and 6pm – upstairs in the pub’s meeting room, and in the theatre bar.

2pm: Rooftop Studios will be dazzling us with song and dance in the upstairs meeting room

3pm: Rooftops will then move down to the theatre bar to continue their showcase with some more sparkling performances

4pm: Musical Youth Theatre Stafford will be giving us a preview of their production ‘Wind in the Willows”, as well as some old favourites from their repertoire

The event is free of charge – although we will be collecting donations for the theatre project. Join us for an hour or for the whole afternoon – we’d love to see you!

Get ready to rock at Wharfstock!

A big night of outdoor live music is being held in Stone at the end of this month to raise money for a brand new theatre and events space in the town.

‘Wharfstock’ is being staged by the Crown Wharf Theatre charity and takes place on Thursday 30 September at Westbridge Park. The event is being held on the Stone Food and Drink Festival site at the park, which gets under way the following day.

The Joule’s Brewery bar will be open for Wharfstock, some delicious food will be available from Griffin & Grey and Nui’s Kitchen, and three brilliant bands will be taking to the big stage.

Electro-acoustic band Vinyl Overdrive will open the show with some modern pop, rock and everything in between. Hairy Eyeball will pay tribute to the era when the Titans of Glam Rock stalked the charts. And The Lack of Commitments – the hard-working saviours of soul – will blast out some sweet soul and Motown classics.

***Event has taken place and ticket links are now unavailable***

All proceeds from the event will help the Crown Wharf Theatre charity move one step closer to opening the doors to Stone’s very own theatre and events space.

Harri Capernaros, Crown Wharf Theatre charity trustee, said: “Thank you to Stone Food and Drink Festival for letting us kick-start the big festival weekend at Westbridge Park. We’re looking forward to an amazing party and to raise funds as we work towards delivering a brand new theatre for Stone. There are only 400 Wharfstock tickets available, so grab yours soon if you want to enjoy some open-air live music with family and friends.

“And a big thank you to all the bands who’re playing free of charge for us so we can raise as much money as possible for the theatre.”

The Crown Wharf Theatre is a charitable project set up by local people to bring a new theatre and events space to the town. Located by the canal at Crown Wharf, the outer shell has been built as a donation to the community from Joule’s Brewery, Crown Wharf Theatre’s main sponsor.

The charity is now raising funds to transform the building. Work started recently on the back-of-house areas thanks to a grant from the Town Hall Charities, and several large funding bids have been submitted to other organisations to help fund the auditorium work.

As well as funding bids, the Crown Wharf Theatre project relies on the support of local people and businesses. There’s been backing so far through donations, offers in kind, corporate sponsorship, founding partners, volunteering, sponsoring a seat and more. You can find out more about the project and how you can get involved on this website.

When completed, the octagonal 200-capacity venue will accommodate a wide range of events: from theatre, comedy, live music and dance to meetings, conferences, cinema and more.

Brewery tap takeover by Crown Wharf Theatre on Saturday 28 August!

To celebrate the progress that’s been made over the last few months – and to celebrate the opening of Joule’s flagship taphouse in Stone – Crown Wharf Theatre and friends will be taking over the pub on the Saturday of the August bank holiday weekend (28 August) to bring you an afternoon of music, theatre and comedy.

You don’t need a ticket to attend. Just come along to the taphouse at Crown Wharf and enjoy the entertainment, for an hour or for the whole afternoon. There’ll be donation points around the pub, so please remember to bring some cash if you’d like to support, or you can donate via our website at any time). 

All our performers have donated their time and talent to come together and raise some money for this great project, so we hope you’ll support us too. 

Get down to the pub this August Bank Holiday Saturday whether you’re a fan of music, theatre, comedy, beer, great pubs or good old community spirit.

Here’s what we’ve got planned from 2pm… 

Come for a Drink, Stay for a Sing

A good old fashioned pub sing-along, from the war songs to ‘New York, New York’ and everything in between! Join in, or just listen to everyone else and enjoy this session of fun and song. 

Lichfield Ukulele Massive

Hailing from far-flung Lichfield, you could say the Massive are attending as part of a cultural initiative to forge closer links between two of Staffordshire’s loveliest places to live. 

The only comparison you could really make between this fab four and another one is that this group does like to take a sad song and make it better. Well, at least they make it quicker. But anyhow, if you’d like to hear a variety of classic songs performed boisterously on four ukuleles (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) then please do come and have a listen and a laugh – and join in yourselves if you wish!

Bringing the Bard to the Bar

All the world’s a stage… or at least the Crown Wharf pub will be when local familiar faces tread the boards of the pub to bring you Shakespeare with a twist.

There really has been much ado about The Crown Wharf Theatre after our winter of discontent, so join us and our band of merry Revellers to meet ‘bar-crossed’ lovers, untamed shrews and more as we bring the Bard to the bar. 

It’s Showtime

Local theatre stars gather round the piano to perform iconic songs from the musicals. From the West End to Broadway, there’s sure to be a song for everyone. 

Comedy in the Theatre Bar (starting around 8pm)

Three comedians walk into a theatre bar…

See you there?