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Ferneham Hall | Kings Theatre | Minerva | New Theatre Royal | The Spring | Station Theatre

The Ferneham Hsll, Fareham

 

Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Osborn Road, Fareham PO16 7DB Tel (01329) 231942

Fareham Borough Council's prestigious arts and entertainments centre, the Ferneham Hall, was opened in 1982. Since then, many top artistes have appeared at the venue, which is also home to one of the South's most popular pantomimes.

 

 

The King's Theatre, Southsea

King's Theatre auditorium

The King's Theatre, Southsea

Albert Road, Southsea PO5 2QJ Tel (023) 9282 8282

The Kings Theatre was designed by Frank Matcham, following his successful remodelling of the Theatre Royal, and opened in September 1907. The theatre had a capacity of 1600 in stalls, dress circle, upper circle and gallery. It is now owned and operated by the Kings Theatre Trust with support from Portsmouth City Council and is the only theatre left in Portsmouth that can accommodate full-scale productions.

On September 30th 2007 the theatre celebrated its 100th birthday. The auditorium glowed and shone in its original Edwardian splendour due to the vast amount of restoration work that was carried out over the summer. The theatre looks absolutely fabulous and it is highly recommended to visit now the auditorium is finished.

 
The Minerva Theatre, Chichester
Oaklands Park. Chichester, West Sussex PO19 6AP Tel 01243 781312

The Minerva is a studio theatre seating 283, at full capacity. It was opened in 1989 and is run as part of the adjacent Chichester Festival Theatre, located in rolling park land on the edge of Chichester.

 

The New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

New Theatre Royal auditorium

The New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

20-24 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth PO1 2DD Tel (023) 9264 9000

The current theatre, designed by C.J. Phipps, was built in 1884, replacing the original Theatre Royal, acquiring the "New" prefix, and having a capacity of 2000 on three tiers. It was closed for remodelling by Frank Matcham in 1900 and finally closed in 1966. The stage and technical area were destroyed by fire in 1972 but the theatre was saved from demolition by the Theatre Royal Society, which purchased the theatre from the Portsmouth Theatres Company in 1980. It has gradually been restored to its current condition, mainly by the hard work of volunteers, and become an operating theatre again, albeit with a temporary stage in front of the old proscenium arch. Improvements and refurbishments carried out in 2004, which saw the re-opening of the upper circle, have increased the seating capacity to 525. The theatre is currently closed for major rebuilding and refurbishment work and is due to re-open in Autumn 2014.

 
The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, Havant
The Spring, Havant

Old Town Hall, 56 East Street, Havant PO9 1BS Tel (023) 9247 2700

A studio theatre seating approximately 120 people, housed in the former council chamber of Havant Town Hall. There is a flat stage area with raked seating.

 
The Station Theatre, Hayling Island

The Station Theatre, Hayling Island

Station Road, Hayling Island PO11 0EH Tel (023) 9246 6363

A small, comfortable theatre which seats approximately 140 people on raked seating. It was built by the Hayling Island Amateur Dramatic Society (HIADS), converting and extending the goods shed of the former Hayling Billy railway line.
 

 

Updated: 22 Aug 2015

 

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