Theatre & Stages Fabrics

No matter your project, we offer a wide range of drapes – from luxurious velour and valences for front of house to masking legs, borders, mid and rear wipes, cycloramas, and lighting gauzes. Whatever your needs, Whaleys Stages has a team of experts to help you choose the perfect stage and theatre curtains.

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Our Theatre and Stages Curtains

At Whaleys, our expertise lies in the art of creating tailored solutions for theatres around the world. From London to Leeds, we are renowned in the textile community for our high-quality manufacturing of theatre curtains providing you with a creation that won’t only dazzle you, but your audience too. Not only are we experts in manufacturing your curtains, but measuring, installing and caring for them too. We work with you every step of the way to manage your bespoke solution and ensure you are fully satisfied with the end result.

Stage curtains and drapes are an essential component of any theatrical performance or production. They not only serve practical purposes such as providing a backdrop or concealing equipment, but they also contribute to the overall aesthetic of the stage.

There are several types of stage curtains available, each with their own unique purpose. Borders and valance curtains are used to frame the stage and can be used to conceal lighting equipment or create a visual barrier. Front of house curtains are typically the focal point of the stage, creating a backdrop between the stage and the audience. Austrian drapes add a touch of elegance to the stage, while pelmets are used to conceal the top of the curtain. Venetian curtains are typically used in grand theatrical productions and have a unique opening mechanism. Curtain legs are used to mask the wings of the stage and create depth.


The type of fabric used for stage curtains is also important. Rich fabrics such as velvet, wool serge, and polyester are popular choices. The fabric can be flameproofed for safety purposes, and a dedicated sewing team is available to help with specific requirements.

Stage curtain colours and fabric options vary depending on the production and the desired effect. A large selection of colours and fabrics are available to suit all budgets, and bespoke options are also available if required. If unsure about which type of stage curtain is best for a particular project, the company’s team is always available to discuss the requirements and provide advice. They can also visit the site to discuss the project in person if needed.


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More about our range of Stage Curtains and Backdrops

Whether its a large production or small theatre performance, curtains and stage backdrops can transform any space and create a specific atmosphere that enhances the overall impact of the event.

Venetian curtains are a type of front-of-house curtain that is often used in theatrical productions and other live events. They are known for their glamorous, ornate appearance and are highly versatile in terms of design and functionality. Venetian curtains typically feature a series of vertical panels or folds that can be manipulated to create different visual effects and dimensions on stage.

Austrian drapes are another type of decorative curtain that is commonly used in theater design. These curtains are known for their classic and elegant draping appearance, which is created by a series of vertical gathers and pleats that are sewn into the fabric. Austrian drapes are typically made from lightweight, flowing fabrics like silk or chiffon, and are often used to create a romantic or ethereal ambiance on stage.

Borders and valance curtains are a type of decorative curtain that is typically used to frame the stage and create a sense of depth and dimension. Borders are typically narrow strips of fabric that are hung at the top of the stage to create a visual separation between the stage and the backdrop. Valance curtains, on the other hand, are horizontal strips of fabric that span the entire width of the stage and are typically used to hide lighting equipment or other backstage elements from view.

Front of house curtains, as the name suggests, are curtains that are situated at the front of the stage and are typically used to conceal the backstage area from the audience’s view. These curtains can be made from a variety of fabrics and can be customised to fit the specific needs of the production.


Pelmets are long, horizontal strips of fabric that are hung above the front-of-house curtain and span the width of the stage. These curtains are typically used to hide lighting equipment or other backstage elements from view and can be customised to fit the specific needs of the production.

Curtain legs, also known as theatrical legs, are vertical strips of fabric that are used to create stage depth and mask the wings. These curtains are typically hung on either side of the stage and can be adjusted to create different visual effects and dimensions on stage.

Whaleys Stages has over 30 years of experience providing high-quality curtains, backdrops, and drapes to clients all over the world. Our products have been used in a wide range of events and venues, from local theatres and schools to international trade shows and exhibitions. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, superior craftsmanship, and exceptional customer service, and we are committed to helping you create a memorable and visually stunning event.

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