The Kings Theatre Open Day

For 110 years the Kings Theatre has stood as one of the most iconic buildings in Portsmouth, it has seen off two World Wars and has had countless celebrities perform on the beautiful Edwardian stage. On Saturday April 7th the venue and its staff are will be opening its doors to the public allowing visitors to go backstage and to explore parts of the building that are normally closed. 

This sounds like a great opportunity to photograph the beautiful building from an often unseen perspective.

The day promises to have something for all the family, magic from their very own Magician Peter Randini and unique behind-the-scenes archivist’s trails which tell the history of this amazing Edwardian theatre. There will be entertainment on the stage throughout the day including the Kings Youth Theatre, Marie Clarks School of Dance and South Downs Music Society. Backstage will have a selection of craft activities and stalls as well as local artists who will be running workshops and displaying their work. 

In the Dress Circle Bar find music and poetry from The Front Room plus cakes and refreshment.

There will also be the opportunity to take part in the Dark Encounters Tour, this described as the chance to ‘Disappear under the stairwells and corridors of the theatre listening to the stories from the past. Guides will take you beneath the stage to begin the dark tales of haunting, mystery and intrigue originating from the long history of the theatre.’ These tours will run every hour at a cost of £5 per person.

The Open Day is free to attend however registration is needed, please go to their website to register or visit the box office to secure your admission.

The Kings Theatre on Albert Road. Taken by James Davis


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