About Whaleys

Whaleys was founded in 1869 by Samuel Whaley. Since then Whaleys has evolved throughout the years from silk and jute weaving company to a renowned stage fabric supplier to theatres, arenas, halls and artists across the globe.

Specialising in the production of theatre and stage drapes for over 30 years

About Whaleys Stages

Whaleys Stages started from humble beginnings over 30 years ago now, having been well established within the textile community for many years. We had an enquiry from one of our regular customers, to see if we would be prepared to make a pair of Front of House drapes for him, to certain requirements. We agreed and with much brow beating and head scratching we produced a rather successful pair of drapes.

This led us to believe that there was a gap in the market for a good quality theatre drapes company, to supply theatres, drama groups, schools and colleges.

Over the years, the company has expanded in to one which specialises in the production of theatre and stage drapes.

Hard to believe that this began from one curtain make-up request and one sewing machinist, and it has been nurtured and grown, so much so that now Whaleys are regarded as one of the leading manufacturers of theatre curtains and stage drapes. This department runs in tandem with a large flameproofed fabrics section and also includes a dedicated sewing department which manufactures all types of bags for the textile and coal industries (even garden bags) and currently over 20% of the company’s products are exported world-wide, particularly to North America and Europe.

Whaleys has seen many changes and has itself implemented many, in order to grow. It is this diversity and foresight that will help it to continue to grow and that will lead it into the foreseeable future.

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At Whaleys Stages, we have over 30 years of experience in creating custom curtains ensuring that our clients receive high-quality, bespoke solutions that meet their unique requirements.

  • Great fabrics and samples

    Great fabrics and samples. The sales team have always been very helpful. Quick delivery

    Alfie Yule

  • Good customer service and fast delivery

    Excellent prices. Good customer service and fast delivery.

    Julia Smith

  • Team has been great to work with

    Steve and the team have been great working with our requirements. Would recommend.

    Araminta Hannah

  • Great Products

    Great products and fast service.

    Roy Moody

Our Services

We offer a wide range of services such as stage drapes to floor cloths, and our expert team can use a wide range of stage fabrics to create the ideal solution for your establishment, from school stage performances to classical concert halls.

Theatre Backdrops Suppliers

At Whaleys, our expertise lies in the art of creating tailored solutions; backdrops, drapes and curtains for theatres across the globe.  We are proud to provide our high-quality products at incredible price points.

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Set the scene with a Cyclorama from Whaleys Stages. With over 20 years’ experience, we are a leading stage fabric manufacturer and have worked with everyone from Theatres to Schools to transform their performance spaces the world over.

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Stage Backdrops

Bring your vision to life with a scenic backdrop from Whaleys Stages. Set the scene with a painted canvas backdrop for your performance. A scenic backdrop could be exactly what your production space requires to capture your audience’s imagination and immerse them in your next performance.

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Floor Cloths

Staging drapes and backdrops are renowned for the scenic enhancing qualities, but the same feeling can also be created through our floor cloths. A floor cloth can be ideal for creating the effect of a choppy ocean or the forest floor.

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Festoon Curtains

Festoon curtains are decorative curtains commonly used in theatre productions and events. At Whaleys Stages, we have 20 years of experience in creating custom curtains ensuring that our clients receive high-quality, bespoke solutions that meet their unique requirements.

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Acoustics Curtains

Minimise echoes, reverberation and improve the sound quality using acoustic curtains. These curtains can be manufactured for small theatres, school theatres and large production theatres by our team of experts with 20 years of experience in the theatre production industry.

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We are trusted by

Manchester Arena Bonington Theatre X Factor City Varieties Music Hall Leeds OX Event House House of Parlement Bridgewater Hall First Direct Arena

Our Projects

Over the years, we have manufactured and supplied bespoke staging solutions for a variety of different projects, working alongside some world-class artists and companies. From one-off tour sets to concert halls, we’ve helped to dazzle audiences and create the perfect scene for performers.