Kings Theatre Trust Limited

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Kings Theatre,Albert Road

023 92 85 2228

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A Theatre of National Importance

In 1907 the Kings Theatre opened its doors and has ever-since been a magnet for theatregoers from in and around Portsmouth and Southsea. For 110 years audiences have enjoyed musicals, plays, comedy, opera, dance, talks and film in the sumptuous surroundings of a beautiful Grade II* listed proscenium arch theatre, designated by the Theatres Trust as ‘theatre of national architectural importance’.

Since 2003 the theatre has been managed by the Kings Theatre Trust Ltd as a voluntary charitable Trust. The Trust has invested over £2 million in an extensive restoration programme of this Edwardian playhouse, designed by the notable theatre architect Frank Matcham. The majority of costs were met through the Theatre’s own Box Office revenue.  

But that’s not all… the Kings Theatre has a vibrant community engagement programme, to make the arts (particularly visual and performing arts) accessible to all. Exhibitions, workshops, theatre tours, summer schools, work-based learning & apprenticeships, local, national and international partner-projects are an integral part of our work here.

It takes a lot of time and money to maintain and restore the theatre, whilst protecting the features and charm of this historical building. We have a range of restoration plans outlined that we hope will allow us to build an exciting and sustainable future for the Kings!    


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