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 )

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...

Captain Cauliflower & Marvin the Moose
Groundlings Theatre

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17/02/2018 17/02/2018

Captain Cauliflower and Marvin the Mischievous Moose 17th February 14.00   Come and join the invincible Captain Cauliflower and his faithful companion Marvin on an unforgettable adventure, filled with extreme silliness and unquestionable...

From £ 8.00 to £ 28.00

Olaf the Horrible, Viking Tale
Groundlings Theatre

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14/02/2018 14/02/2018

It's a hard life being 'orrible, 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 trousers fall down! Fantastic family fun with this Viking tale, which will have...

From £ 5.50 to £ 20.00

Terrifying Tudors
Terrifying Tudors
Terrifying Tudors
Groundlings Theatre

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13/02/2018 13/02/2018

Terrifying Tudors 13th February 2018 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 60...

Theseus and the Monsters
Groundlings Theatre

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14/02/2018 14/02/2018

Theseus and the Monsters14th Feb 2pm Join Theseus on his quest for mythical monsters, magical moments and plenty of merriment!Meet the cast workshop with photo opportunity.Running Time 60 minsTicketsAdults £6.50Children £5.50Family of four Ticket...

From £ 5.50 to £ 20.00

Vicky and the Victorians
Groundlings Theatre

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13/02/2018 13/02/2018

Vicky and the Victorians Tuesday 13th February 2pmVicky 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...

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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