Portsmouth Theatres

Immerse Yourself in Portsmouth's Theatrical Scene
Portsmouth boasts a lively and diverse theatrical landscape, hosting a plethora of professional and amateur productions year-round. From captivating dramas to exhilarating musicals, the city's stages come alive with creativity and talent. Below, you'll find comprehensive details about the thriving theatres in Portsmouth and Southsea. Explore the rich cultural tapestry of performances, embracing everything from world-class productions to community-driven shows. Get ready to be enthralled by the magic of live theatre in Portsmouth!

  • Groundlings Theatre

    Home of the Groundlings Theatre Group, this classical building was originally built in 1784 by the Beneficial Society, as a public hall and charity school for poor boys.
    Address: The Old Beneficial School, 42 Kent Street, Portsea, PO1 3BT.
    Telephone: 02392 737370
    Website: www.groundlings.co.uk

  • Portsmouth Guildhall

    Theatres in Portsmouth

    Opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales (later Edward VII and Queen Alexandra) on August 9th 1890, Portsmouth Guildhall was designed by Leeds architect William Hill.
    Address: Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AB.
    Telephone: 0844 847 2362
    Read more about Portsmouth Guildhall here.
    Car parking: the following car parks are within walking distance of the Guildhall, Dorothy Dymond Car Park and Isambard Brunel Car Park.
    Rail: Portsmouth and Southsea Station is only a few hundred metres from the Guildhall.
    Bus: Commercial Road bus services are just a short walk away.


    Portsmouth Theatres

    The beautiful New Theatre Royal, designed by renowned theatre architect Frank Matcham, hosts a wide range of entertainment, including dance, theatre, drama, music, children's shows and comedy.

    Address: Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, PO1 2DD.
    Telephone: 02392 649000
    Website: New Theatre Royal.
    New Theatre Royal history.

    Car parking: the following car parks are within walking distance of the New Theatre Royal, Dorothy Dymond Car Park and Isambard Brunel Car Park.


    Theatres in Portsmouth

    The Kings Theatre is one of the best examples of the elegant Edwardian playhouses to be found in the UK having most of its original features, it opened in 1907.
    Since 2003 it has been managed by the Kings Theatre Trust Ltd as a voluntary charitable Trust.

    Address: Albert Road, Southsea, Hants, PO5 2QJ.
    Telephone: 02392 828282
    The Kings Theatre, Southsea

    Public parking is available at Waitrose in Marmion Road which is an 8 minute walk from the theatre. Waitrose, Marmion Road, Southsea, PO5 2EJ.


    The Wedgewood Rooms is a live music and comedy venue on Albert Road in the heart of Southsea, with a capacity of approximately 500. There is also a smaller venue attached The Edge Of The Wedge, which has a capacity of 100.
    Address: 147b Albert Road, Southsea, Hampshire, PO4 0JW
    Telephone: 02392 863911
    Website: Wedgewood Rooms