New Theatre Royal

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

Vary depending on the performance, view shows here.

Why should I visit?

    • Live theatre in the heart of Portsmouth for over 165 years.
    • Grade II listed Victorian Theatre of historical significance
    • A beautiful theatre proud of its history but focused on the future.
    • Beautiful old-fashioned theatre full of character with comfy fixtures and great legroom in the stalls

Facilities

Baby changing facilities
Disabled access
Hearing loop / hearing aids available on request
Suitable for ages 3 and above
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Next event

Aladdin

8th Dec 2023 - 31st Dec 2023

New Theatre Royal

Widow Twankey wants a husband, evil Abanazaar wants the magic lamp, Aladdin wants adventure and Wishee Washee wants some Spiderman pants! –... 

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Where to find us

Address

20 – 24 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, Hampshire  PO1 2DD

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Situated right in the heart of Portsmouth only 5 minutes’ walk from the Isambard Brunell multi-storey car park and Portsmouth and Southsea railway station, and Bus Stops.

Kids activities

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  • Family-friendly theatre shows
  • Traditional Christmas Pantomime for all the family
  • Portsmouth Young Creatives Youth Theatre classes

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