About New Theatre Royal
New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, a beautiful Victorian Grade II Listed theatre. Established as a theatre in 1854, the New Theatre Royal has enjoyed over 165 years as a cultural landmark, situated right in the heart of Portsmouth.
The Theatre is almost unique in its historical significance, being rebuilt in 1884 by Theatre Architect, Charles J. Phipps and then again in 1900 by the more prominent Architect, Frank Matcham. In 1971 it was host to the filming of Ken Russell’s film version of ‘The Boyfriend’ with a cast including Twiggy, Barbara Windsor, and Brian Murphy, this was the last performance to be held in the venue before the devastating fire in 1972. Destined for demolition, Brian Murphy helped the campaign to save the Theatre, and after extensive refurbishment including a major rebuild of the back of house area, the theatre reopened in 2015.
Now hosting a wide variety of performances there is something for the whole family, from Stand-up Comedy; Intimate evenings with; Dance; Music and Drama, full-scale Musicals to inspiring, and challenging new work, and of course an annual Pantomime.
From 10am weekdays and weekends when there is a show on