Hastings is a town and borough in East Sussex on the south coast of England, 24 mi (39 km) east of the county town of Lewes and 53 mi (85 km) south east of London. It has an estimated population of 90,254.
Hastings gives its name to the Battle of Hastings, which took place 8 mi (13 km) to the north at Senlac Hill in 1066. The town later became one of the medieval Cinque Ports, and a popular seaside resort in the 19th century with the coming of the railway. Hastings is a fishing port with a beach-based fishing fleet.
White Rock Theatre is a medium-scale receiving house venue owned by Hastings Borough Council situated on the seafront of Hastings, East Sussex, on the south coast of England. It has a seating capacity of 1066 (after the date of the Battle of Hastings) and it currently presents a varied programme of touring shows including opera, ballet, musicals, the Hastings Musical Festival and children's shows.