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 )

A Midsummer Night's Dream - A One-Man Show
Groundlings Theatre

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27/04/2018 27/04/2018

27th April 2018 7.30pm Shakespeare’s story concerns the night before a society wedding, during which two lovers elope, two fairy monarch’s have a row, the mischievous Puck causes all sorts of magical mayhem - and some poor bloke gets the head of...

From £ 12.00 to £ 14.00

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

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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