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 )

After Hours
After Hours
Groundlings Theatre

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09/02/2017 09/11/2017

Pop up Sessions will be at the: - The Groundlings Theatre (Down stairs in the café room) Negletic mix of poetry, music, singing, theatre and much more. Anyone is free to come along and take part in this open mic session. Small donation to cover...

From £ 3.00 to £ 3.00

Aladdin
Aladdin
Groundlings Theatre

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12/01/2018 28/01/2018

This year’s show is an Aladdin’s cave of fun, fantasy, and flying carpets!Aladdin wishes he could marry the beautiful Princess Jasmine… Abanazer wishes he could rule the world…Widow Twankey wishes she could find a husband…And Wishee Washee wishes...

Little Shop of Horrors
Little Shop of Horrors
Groundlings Theatre

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24/10/2017 28/10/2017

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is a charming, kooky and hilarious 1950s musical sci-fi spoof. With music by the legendary Alan Menken best known for his numerous Walt Disney film scores, it is a cult film, and one of the longest running off-Broadway...

From £ 12.00 to £ 48.00

Medieval murder mystery - A knight of murder
Medieval murder mystery - A knight of murder
Medieval murder mystery - A knight of murder
Medieval murder mystery - A knight of murder
Medieval murder mystery - A knight of murder
Groundlings Theatre

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04/11/2017 04/11/2017

Take a seat at your own round table and test your detective skills to solve a dastardly murder in time of king Arthur. Question the characters whilst enjoying a medieval 3 course dinner, gathering evidence so you can decide, whodunit. Only a...

From £ 35.00 to £ 35.00

Olaf the Horrible, Viking Tale
Olaf the Horrible, Viking Tale
Groundlings Theatre

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27/10/2017 27/10/2017

Olaf the Horrible, Viking Tale Friday 27th 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 his...

From £ 5.50 to £ 20.00

Private Henry Tandey VC (Henry and Hitler)
Groundlings Theatre

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20/10/2017 20/10/2017

Private Henry Tandey VC (Henry and Hitler) Friday 20th October 2017- 7.30pm "Imagine the scene... it is 28th September, 1918 in Northern France. A humble British Private has the opportunity to change the course of history by preventing World War...

From £ 12.00 to £ 14.00

Terrifying Tudors
Terrifying Tudors
Terrifying Tudors
Groundlings Theatre

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26/10/2017 26/10/2017

Terrifying Tudors Thursday 26th 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 Time...

Theatre Tours
Theatre Tours
Theatre Tours
Theatre Tours
Theatre Tours
Theatre Tours
Groundlings Theatre

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06/04/2017 07/12/2017

Theatre Tours discover the history of the old beneficial school, now a theatrical venue; you'll be taken on a journey through time. Discover the truth about the birth of Charles Dickens, what happened to Sir Henry Ayers when he travelled to...

Vicky and the Victorians
Vicky and the Victorians
Groundlings Theatre

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26/10/2017 26/10/2017

Vicky and the Victorians Thursday 26th October 2pm 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 time to experience a roller...

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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