Theatre Royal Winchester

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Covid-19 Update: Live performances have resumed. The Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am -1pm. The Cafe Bar open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 3pm.

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.  The theatre has a thriving Cafe Bar that serves specialist coffee, teas, tasty cakes and light bites. The Cafe Bar has plenty of space for buggies, pushchairs and wheelchairs, is dog friendly and offers free Wi-fi.

Theatre Royal Winchester is run by the arts and education charity Play to the Crowd (Charity no 1077139) who also run Hat Fair – the Outdoor Arts festival and Playmakers – a programme of community engagement and creative learning activities and projects.

Hat Fair Festival is the UK’s longest continually running festival of Outdoor Arts. Over 3 days each summer audiences enjoy around 200 performances throughout Winchester city centre.

Box Office is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 1pm

Cafe Bar is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 3pm

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
Suitable for ages 12 and above
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The Dong with a Luminous Nose

26th Oct 2021 - 27th Oct 2021

Theatre Royal Winchester

A Cubic Feet and Little Angel Theatre co-production, in association with Monstro Theatre Based on the poem by Edward Lear. Edward is... 

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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.