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Job Opportunities

Jobs in Southend

Southend Theatres employ around 300 staff as well as volunteers and apprentices.  With the company continually evolving there are often exciting employment and development opportunities.  We have a huge variety of roles working together to deliver all kinds of shows, weddings, events and hospitality and are always looking for skilled and enthusiastic people to join us.  In this diverse environment you never know when you’ll bump into a pantomime dame, a rock star or a blushing bride!


Why work with us?

A career with Southend Theatres is never dull, often challenging but at the same time fun and rewarding.

  • Our business model is unique and our specialisms are broad.  You will learn and grow with us. 
  • Our teams are super people to work with – we know because they regularly tell us!
  • We expect staff to express their views, to listen to ours and to be part of decision-making processes.
  • We’re proactively committed to diversity and equal opportunity for all.
  • We’re very supportive of our staff achieving a happy work-life balance.
  • Our vision is quite simply to be the UK’s premier provider of live entertainment and hospitality and we know that our people are our most important asset.


Working with the Southend Theatres is popular with students as we offer a range of casual opportunities within hospitality, technical and marketing that can work around your studies.

Types of Roles


Providing an innovative dining, drinking and conference facilities with theatrical flair requires a range of talented chefs and friendly servers over a range of levels and employment types.  

Box Office

The approachable Box Office team provide excellent customer service while proactively selling tickets in this customer-facing role offering fun and flexibility.



Often the hidden function of a theatre, these heroes make the show happen from assisting with the ‘get-in’ to managing the sound and lighting. 



The award-winning marketing and promotions teams ensure our customers know about the broad-range of incredible events within the venues' many spaces.


Administration and Management

Off the stage, a gifted group of administrators, finance and management teams ensure the venues run smoothly. 

Hospitality Events Sales Manager

Southend Theatres Ltd – Cliffs Pavilion

F/T 40 hrs per week
Salary in the region of £23,000 plus performance related bonus.
Are you someone that is driven to achieve targets?  Are you as comfortable at a networking event as planning a big party?  If so then this could be the opportunity for you!
We have an exciting opportunity to join Southend Theatres Hospitality team in the role of Events Sales Manager.  We are currently developing and expanding the use of the Cliffs Pavilion function rooms.  We are looking for someone who can proactively attract corporate partners, drive up private hire use by converting enquiries into sales and generally promote our fantastic hospitality facilities and services.
Southend Theatres is a thriving and expanding business.  Developing the function room programme is a strand of the business that presents further exciting opportunities.  This role will work closely with the Hospitality Promotions Manager and Marketing Team to realise the full potential.
If you have the relevant experience, are keen to join a highly skilled, enthusiastic team and think you can be a key player in the further development of Southend Theatres, we want to hear from you.

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Closing date:  Tuesday 28th Aug 18.
Interview date:   Monday 3rd Sept 18


Casual Kitchen Porter
Cliffs Pavilion, Southend on Sea

£7.38- £7.83 per hour

A reliable and enthusiastic individual with a flexible attitude is required to support our busy kitchen team.

Duties include wash up, cleaning, stock control and some basic food preparation as instructed and following health and safety procedures. The role involves lone and assisted lifting tasks.

Good time keeping and reliability is essential, as is the ability to follow instructions and carry out delegated tasks accurately, effectively and within given timeframes.  Previous basic food handling experience in a large scale catering operation is desirable, as is a Food Hygiene certificate.  

Hours of work will be offered on an as when required basis according to our business requirements and will include weekend, evening and Bank Holiday working

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Closing date:  15th August 2018


Hospitality Manager

Southend Theatres Ltd (Cliffs Pavilion and Palace Theatre)
Salary range - £40,000 to £45,000

 Southend Theatres has a busy year-round theatre and entertainment programme featuring major stage musicals, stars of stand-up comedy, bands, and top music acts and entertainers.   Attracting audiences from across Essex and further afield, the combined success of the Cliffs Pavilion and Palace Theatre makes this one of the biggest success stories in the UK world of theatre.
Taking on the management of the hospitality facilities provides an enticing and unrivalled career opportunity for a restaurant and bars professional to make a distinctive personal mark. 
The bars and restaurants within the Cliffs Pavilion and Palace Theatre are operated by HQ Theatres & Hospitality  -  a company which over the last ten years has made a unique speciality of providing excellent casual food and drink within a first-class theatre and entertainment environment in all the venues it manages.  The vibrant food and drink operation embraces informal pre-show dining and refreshment, dinner dances with cabaret, special events and parties, wedding receptions and many other bespoke functions. 
We are looking for an energetic, creative, commercially-savvy manager passionate about ensuring that diners, partygoers and drinkers enjoy top-quality food and drink experiences and the highest levels of customer service.   Is that you?  If so, we would love to hear from you!

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Closing date:   Monday 20th August 18
Interview date:  Wednesday 29th August 18


Commis Chef Apprenticeship

We are looking an ambitious and organised self-starter who is keen to get started with a career in the kitchen. With training and support, you will learn and undertake a broad range of basic food preparation and operation functions across all kitchen sections to the quality standard set by the Head Chef and Sous Chef.

The successful candidate will work effectively and productively within the kitchen operating in a fair and equal manner that demonstrates effective teamwork. They will learn to ensure ingredients are stored, prepared and cooked correctly to deliver a quality product that is safe for the consumer. They will develop a range of craft preparation and basic cooking skills and techniques to prepare, produce and present dishes and menu items to highest standard in line with business requirements.

For more information and to apply please CLICK HERE




Do You Love Theatre and the Arts


Have you ever considered volunteering?


VolunteersThere are lots of reasons why people volunteer. It may be that you want to make use of your skills (or learn new ones). Perhaps you would like to broaden your work experience, give something back to your community...or perhaps you simply want to meet people and make new friends. Whatever the reasons, volunteering with the Palace Theatre is a really rewarding experience!

As a Palace Theatre Volunteer Usher you’ll be the face of the theatre, meeting and greeting our guests and ensuring that they have a fantastic experience when they visit us. We’ll train, guide and support you so that you can volunteer for us with knowledge and confidence. We know that everyone has commitments in their lives, so we’re flexible about when you volunteer. 

Volunteering with the Palace Theatre is an opportunity to taste, first hand, life in a theatre environment. If you have time to spare and would like to find out more, we’d love to hear from you.

Apply via email

Meet the team

We’re committed to training and developing our staff, preparing them for their next step in whichever direction that might be. Here’s the proof.

Michael Rowley 

Michael started working for Southend Theatres in 2007 as a casual member of the front of house team and for the next 4 years went on to work in every department.  He then went on to enjoy four years as a technician at the Palace Theatre and Dixon Studio - which he managed.  Michael has recently taken on the varied role of Building Support Manager across both Southend venues. 

Michael says ‘The opportunity I have had to expand my knowledge has been exceptional, I love a challenge and with no two days ever being the same I never get a chance to get bored!’


Anna Fordham

Anna started working at the Cliffs Pavilion in 2003 under the company of Sodexho before HQ Hospitality took over the theatre in 2007 working as a casual member of staff in the conference and events and the Pavilion Restaurant departments.  Anna worked her way up as supervisor, team leader and is now Conference and Events Assistant Manager running varied events at Southend including weddings, conferences and auditorium award ceremonies catering up to 600 people, Anna has achieved an NVQ in Food & Drink and is near completion of Wedding Planner and Event Management level 3 with the Open Study College.

Anna says ‘I feel privileged to be working at the Cliffs Pavilion now as a Manager, Over the past years, the journey has been eventful and entertaining with a massive learning curve, I have made many friends along the way and I always feel there is support from these and also HQH. No day is ever the same whether it's helping to arrange a couples' dream wedding or the sound of laughter at an Only Fools And 3 Courses dinner as they get up to mischief. I could not ask for a better job and I hope that I can continue to progress through the company.’


About HQ Theatres & Hospitality

The Cliffs Pavilion & Palace Theatre are two of 12 venues within HQ Theatres & Hospitality’s (HQT&H) current portfolio of regional theatres and concert halls. HQT&H currently manages 18 auditoria on behalf of local authorities, with capacities ranging from a 200 seat arts centre to a 2,400 seated/standing theatre. Last year HQT&H programmed a total of 2,354 shows which attracted attendances of over 1.5 million.

HQ Theatres & Hospitality (HQT&H), the UK’s second-largest venue operator, is a division of Qdos Entertainment Ltd, one of the largest entertainment Groups in Europe.

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Southend Theatres is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.  The aim is to ensure that all employees are treated equally and are employed solely on the basis of their ability and potential to do the job, regardless of their race, colour, gender, sexuality, disability, age, religion or beliefs.