Theatre Royal Winchester

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Covid-19 Update: Taking online bookings for all future performances and events. Gift vouchers can be purchased online also. For the most up-to-date information visit their official website via the link above or view our list of Hampshire attractions.

About This Attraction

Theatre Royal Winchester is an intimate and beautiful edwardian-style theatre in the city centre. It is the only surviving cine-variety theatre in the country.

Theatre Royal Winchester events include a wide range of the best touring drama, stand up comedy, dance, music, talks and cabaret as well as children’s performances, traditional family pantomime and community events. There’s sure to be something for you to enjoy.

Hat Fair Festival is the UK’s longest continually running festival of Outdoor Arts. Over 3 days each summer audiences to enjoy around 200 performances, presented for free, throughout Winchester city centre. Christmas shoppers can also enjoy the winter festival Woolly Hat Fair.

Theatre Royal Winchester and Hat Fair are run by the charity Live Theatre Winchester Trust (Charity no 1077139)

Due to COVID-19, all live performances and activities at Theatre Royal Winchester are currently suspended until 31 August 2020 and this year’s Hat Fair festival has been cancelled. Due to the temporary closure of the theatre and its Cafe Bar is having a serious impact on the finances of Play to the Crowd and its mission to delight and unite people through the power of live performance. For ways to support the charity at this time visit

Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm.
The Box Office remains open on show days until 15 minutes after the performance begins. For performances on Sundays the Box Office will open at least 1 hour before the show starts.

The theatre’s Cafe Bar is open every day from 8am (10am on Sundays).

Ticket prices differ for each show. Please check website for details.

Why should I visit?

    • Family Shows: A wide range of family theatre for all ages. Horrible Histories, Michael Morpurgo, Peppa Pig, The Gruffalo, Bing & more.
    • Panto: Winchester’s traditional family pantomime. Great for all ages. Oh, yes it is! Includes relaxed and BSL signed performances.
    • Hat Fair: A free weekend of Outdoor Arts and entertainment. Great for all the family. Visit
    • Comedy: A wide choice of top stand-up comics. Phill Jupitus, Michael McIntrye, Russell Howard, Lee Nelson, Shappi Khorsandi & more.
    • Dance: From traditional ballet to contemporary dance, there’s plenty for all dance lovers to enjoy.


Assistance dogs allowed
Baby changing facilities
Disabled access
Hearing loop / hearing aids available on request
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Where to find us


Theatre Royal Winchester
21-23 Jewry Street
SO23 8SB

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By Car

Theatre Royal Winchester is situated in Winchester city centre. Travelling on the M3 from Southampton take Exit 11, travelling from Basingstoke and London take Exit 9 and follow signs to the city centre. Alternatively, let the sat-nav do the work by using the postcode SO23 8SB.

Jewry Street and Tower Street Car Parks are the closest to the theatre. Car parking is free after 6pm and on Sundays. If you are attending a matinée or morning performance you may wish to consider using Winchester’s Park & Ride service.


By Rail

Theatre Royal Winchester is a short walk (about 5 mins) from Winchester railway station along City Road to Jewry Street. Trains run directly from London Waterloo (55 mins), Basingstoke (20 mins) and Southampton (15 mins) as well as many other line stations.

By Bus

There are good bus links into the city run by Bluestar and Stagecoach.

Kids activities

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  • Children’s Shows: Help children grow creatively with a wide range of family theatre for all ages. Peppa Pig, The Gruffalo, Teletubbies & more.
  • Family Panto: WInchester’s traditional family pantomime. Great for all ages. Oh, yes it is!
  • Hat Fair Festival: A free family weekend of outdoor arts and entertainment. Visit
  • Youth Theatre: Young Theatre Royal provides exciting opportunities for young people aged 5 to 16 years old, empowering them to create bold and dynamic performance.