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20-24 Guildhall Walk
Hampshire, PO1 2DD
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A beautiful Grade II listed Victorian building in the heart of Portsmouth which has been entertaining and inspiring people for over 160 years

Set in the heart of the historic Maritime city of Portsmouth, New Theatre Royal has been entertaining audiences since 1856. The Grade II listed building, designed by British Victorian theatre architect Frank Matcham, is one of the few working Phipps, Matcham theatres in the country, famed for exuberant interiors.

The historic theatre has survived fire, war and demolition to remain an iconic cultural landmark in the city for over 160 years. Many colourful characters have walked the boards in this time including Ellen Terry, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Sarah Bernhardt, Laurel and Hardy, Henry Irving and Twiggy.

Today the theatre is home to cutting-edge dance, fabulous theatre, music, comedy and family theatre.  

Exploring the history and heritage of the beautiful building, visitors also have the chance to discover life behind the scenes in the theatre’s intriguing Behind the Curtain Tours.

Accessibility Information

All three levels of the auditorium are fully wheelchair accessible, with two seating positions in the Dress and Upper Circles. In the Stalls there are a range of seating positions available to choose from. There are accessible toilets on each level, and a lift for access to the upper floors.

Hearing and guide dogs are welcome throughout the venue.

For full details about accessibility, visit the New Theatre Royal website:

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