The Kings Theatre Portsmouth is one of the city’s best venues for live entertainment. Another of Matcham’s architectural gems, the theatre opened in 1907 with a production of ‘Charles I’. Its relationship with the entertainment world is rooted in years of showcasing a range of touring shows, and was further cemented during in the 1970s when the Kings Theatre Portsmouth provided the set for The Who and Elton John’s sequence of ‘Pinball Wizard’.
The Kings Theatre Portsmouth is diverse in its offering, where anything and everything from drama, comedy, music, musicals, dance, opera and other stage acts can be seen here. In addition to amateur and school performances, many West End touring shows land at the Kings Theatre Portsmouth, such as ‘Grease’, ‘Chicago’ and ‘Mamma Mia!’, providing spectators with stunning productions against the backdrop of an elegant Edwardian playhouse.
The Kings Theatre Portsmouth’s age has made it both a spectacular and fragile building. It has undergone several refurbishments, yet continues to require restorative work to maintain its delicate features. Efforts to rejuvenate the Italian Renaissance style building have included the reinstallation of its original dome, and wooden cupulas and statues. In 1976, the site was awarded the status of a Grade II listed building, and therefore preserving its history and heritage of the Kings Theatre Portsmouth are of utmost importance.
Due to the age of the Edwardian theatre, there are some accessibility challenges. There is no lift, but there is level access to the Stalls. There is an accessible bar and toilet at the back of the Stalls.
The Kings Theatre Portsmouth has infra-red systems throughout the Stalls and Dress Circle. There's also a Sennheiser Mobile Connect App to allow patrons to connect through WiFi using their devices.