The New Vic in Staffordshire was the first purpose built theatre in the round in Europe and offers world class theatre.
Buxton Opera House has a varied programme of dance, drama and music and Derby Theatre and Stoke Regent also offer excellent theatre.
With a popular café, bar, gallery, live performance space for music, drama, comedy, talks and a cinema, the Foxlowe Arts Centre, has rapidly established a reputation as the go to place in Leek.
Wirksworth (11 miles) has an independent cinema The Northern Light. Uttoxeter (10 miles) has a Cinebowl where you can have pizza delivered to your seat and Derby (18 miles) has a swanky Odeon Luxe.