The Kings Theatre Southsea
The Kings Theatre is a restored Grade II listed Edwardian theatre sited in Southsea’s Albert Road, working around the clock to bring Portsmouth an exciting programme of music, drama, and performances, and constantly collaborating with local youth, community, and professional organisations.
There’s a remarkable history behind the theatre — it opened on 30th September 1907 with a production of Charles I, and more than a century later, it continues to house an engaging range of shows, workshops, and tours, and was fully-restored just a few years back.
A seating capacity of 1,600, traditional theatre binoculars in the upper stalls, stunning lavish interiors, a full bar, and countless rooms for events and workshops make The Kings Theatre one of Portsmouth’s core cultural epicentres.
Since Portsmouth City Council bought The Kings Theatre in 2001, over one-million tickets have been sold. On top of their full-time staff, the playhouse employs over 100 casual employees providing bar tenders, front-of-house ushers, and stage crew.
The Kings Theatre took their legacy abroad in the summer of 2015 when they joined forces with the Verona-based theatre Teatro Stabile for a professional production of the most famous romantic tragedy ever written: William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.
The Edwardian playhouse’s annual Christmas pantomime is, of course, a key part of Portsmouth’s festive events calendar every year!
As well as live performances, The Kings Theatre also regularly screen movies and stream shows from West End theatres.