KINGS THEATRE, PORTSMOUTH

Kings Theatre in Southsea

The Kings Theatre in Southsea is one of two Frank Matcham designed theatres in Portsmouth, the other being the New Theatre Royal in Guildhall Walk.

The Kings Theatre is located on the corner of Albert Road and Exmouth Road and opened in 1907. John Boughton manager of the Portsmouth Theatres Company employed Frank Matcham the renowned theatre designer to draw up plans for the new theatre in Southsea.

Matcham designed approximately 90 theatres during his career although this figure is not entirely clear. Among his many works are the Hackney Empire, the London Coliseum, the London Hippodrome and one of his most famous works is the Tower ballroom in Blackpool. The Kings Theatre Southsea is a Grade II* listed proscenium