Theatre

Groundlings Theatre

Hampshire - Portsmouth

United Kingdom

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Taking the kids out for the day to Groundlings Theatre in Hampshire

CONTACT INFO

02392737370
marketing@groundlings.co.uk
42 Kent Street
Portsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO1 3BS
United Kingdom

ON PEAK WORKING HOURS

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Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00

ADMISSIONS

Parking & Other

Parking Fees
  • Single-vehicle day pass ( £ 5.00 )

Christmas Carol
Groundlings Theatre

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16/11/2018 25/11/2018

Christmas Carol Friday 16th - Sunday 25th November   Experience the adventure of Mr Scrooge amongst the glistening snow-topped roofs of Victorian London. Witness the Spirits of Christmas come to life on the stage of this unique and historic...

From £ 14.00 to £ 56.00

Cinderella Pantomime
Groundlings Theatre

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06/12/2018 06/01/2019

Cinderella Pantomime Thursday 6th December 2018 – Sunday 6th January 2019 If there is one thing you should ask your Fairy Godmother is to take you to the Groundlings Panto.  Traditional family Christmas Pantomime comes to life on the stage of...

From £ 14.00 to £ 56.00

Cinderella Pantomime
Groundlings Theatre

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06/12/2018 06/01/2019

Cinderella Pantomime Thursday 6th December 2018 – Sunday 6th January 2019 If there is one thing you should ask your Fairy Godmother is to take you to the Groundlings Panto.  Traditional family Christmas Pantomime comes to life on the stage of...

From £ 14.00 to £ 56.00

FRANKENSTEIN
Groundlings Theatre

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01/11/2018 10/11/2018

FRANKENSTEIN Dates: Thursday 1st November – Saturday 10th November   THIS GRIPPING ADAPTATION OF FRANKENSTEIN MARKS 200 YEARS SINCE THE PUBLICATION OF MARY SHELLEY’S FAMOUS GOTHIC HORROR. Trapped in a mountain of ice, Captain Walton’s...

From £ 14.00 to £ 56.00

Halloween Ghost Tours
Groundlings Theatre

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31/10/2018 31/10/2018

Halloween Ghost ToursWednesday 31st October from 7pm onwards every half hour Live actors take you on a ghost tour of Portsmouth's most haunted building, with twists and turns in every corner. Journey through the haunted Georgian class rooms to...

From £ 8.00 to £ 20.00

Olaf the Horrible, Viking Tale
Groundlings Theatre

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28/10/2018 28/10/2018

Olaf the Horrible, Viking Tale Sunday 28th October 2pm   Directed by Richard Stride It's a hard life being 'horrible, said Olaf! Join him on his invading quest to find Thor's mighty magical belt which he lost in the river. We wouldn't want...

From £ 5.50 to £ 20.00

Open Mic night event
Open Mic night event
Groundlings Theatre

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12/07/2018 08/11/2018

In the Groundlings Theatre  Down stairs in the cafe/lounge area 7 - 9 pm Live music, poetry, performances, all audiences welcome and all ages  £3 per person towards room hire   Dates Thursday 12th July Thursday 9th August Thursday 13th...

From £ 3.00 to £ 3.00

Terrifying Tudors
Groundlings Theatre

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27/10/2018 27/10/2018

Terrifying Tudors Saturday 27th October 11am Terrifying Tudors, watch your head, make sure you duck for the cannon balls and have a jousting match in this interactive show that will keep the whole family laughing in the aisles.     Running...

From £ 5.50 to £ 20.00

Theseus and the Monsters
Groundlings Theatre

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28/10/2018 28/10/2018

Theseus and the Monsters Sunday 28th October 11am Join Theseus on his quest for mythical monsters, magical moments and plenty of merriment! Meet the cast workshop with photo opportunity. Running Time 60...

From £ 5.50 to £ 20.00

Vicky and the Victorians
Groundlings Theatre

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27/10/2018 27/10/2018

Vicky and the Victorians Saturday 27th October  2pm Box Office 023 9273 7370 Vicky and the Victorians is a top hat tale looking at life in Victorian Britain. Two comic mad professors and various hysterical characters take the audience back in...

From £ 5.50 to £ 20.00

DESCRIPTION

Groundlings is a unique Georgian Theatre built in 1784. It is a magical place with secret doors and hidden rooms, said to be haunted by ten friendly ghosts. It was frequented by Queen Victoria, and Charles Dickens was nearly born here. 

The building went on to serve rich and poor, the downstairs floor serving as the classroom for impoverished children and the upstairs used by high society for meetings, concerts and theatre. The school applied a strict disciplinarian attitude to education. It was not until 1837 that the boys-only school was opened to girls, and a junior school was opened in 1873. The school had to be closed in 1939 due to the outbreak of WW2 and it is said that a Nazi sympathiser used the roof of the school to shine a torch to direct bombers targeting  Portsmouth Dockyard.

The school finally closed in 1962. In 2010 Richard Stride bought the meanwhile fire-damaged building – then embarked on a major restoration job. He appealed to locals to roll their sleeves up, so builders and local volunteers came to lend a hand. With Groundlings Theatre finally fully restored, a team of actors, locals and volunteers run a varied programme of events for young and old from pantos to comedy, new productions to Shakespeare. 

Today Groundlings Theatre is buzzing with life and watching a performance is in it is a truly unique, intimate experience.

ONSITE FACILITIES

  • Car Parking
  • Toilets
  • Baby Changing
  • Parties
  • Onsite Shop
  • School Deals

DIRECTIONS

Groundlings Theatre is only a short walk away from the Hard Interchange, Portsmouth Harbour, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Gunwharf Quays.

Just walk along the B2154 and turn down College Street, just between the Tin Tin Chinese restaurant and Victory pub.

Down a few dozen yards on your left is Groundlings!
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