About Us

The Montgomery is a theatre and arts centre based in the heart of Sheffield.  We specialise in children's and family programming, promoting professional touring performances and workshops, whilst also being the performing home of many community theatre companies, dance schools and schools. Our gallery space is used to exhibit works by local community artists.

In addition, we serve and resource our faith partners (inter-denominational churches and individuals) across the region, by providing materials such as Godly Play, DVD's and Reminiscent resources.

Our historic venue boasts a 420-seat Theatre, a flexible Studio space, and rehearsal/exhibition/workshop spaces.

Please note disabled access is not yet available.

Partnership and Placements

The Montgomery works in partnership with Sheffield Theatres Trust and 35 Chapel Walk, as well as partnering with both Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield to provide placements for students. If you are interested, please get in touch with us (and we highly recommend having a read of the blog post our friends over at Third Angel wrote about placements).

A 2013-2014 PR placement student created the following short film showcasing The Montgomery's multi-purpose spaces.

Our History

1886- The Montgomery was built by the Sheffield Sunday School Union (SSSU) in honour of James Montgomery, a prominent city leader & active promoter of Sunday School work (and an accomplished hymnwriter, poet, and editor). The work carried out by the SSSU in Sheffield helped the community thrive both spiritually and practically through learning. SSSU particularly championed literacy among children, as well as advocacy for child labour laws during the era of child chimney sweeps. The Montgomery has a rich history of culture especially, music, theatre, literature and the arts, and has been used by many amateur dramatic societies.


1968- SSSU was renamed to become Sheffield Christian Education Council (SCEC) as it continued to provide educational and creative resources to churches.

1971/2- Following a fire, the upper hall of the building was redesigned to incorporate a 420-seat proscenium arch theatre


2010- Montgomery Arts Centre Sheffield (MACS) launched as a ‘project’ of SCEC


2012/2013- SCEC incorporates as Montgomery Arts & Christian Centre Sheffield Ltd – trading as: The Montgomery