Tours and Talks

From footings to opening night, the building of the Kings Theatre in 1906/7 took just thirteen months.

Since its opening in 1907, the Kings Theatre has been an integral part of Portsmouth and Southsea’s cultural landscape, providing over 100 years of entertainment. The Grade II* listed theatre is an important and complete example of an Edwardian playhouse from one of the world’s most renowned architects Frank Matcham.

The Kings Theatre’s team have a range of talks from general interest to specialist that can be delivered to your group. Our theatre archivists run theatre tours, giving members of the public the chance to head behind the scenes in our beautiful theatre. Previous community groups have included University of the Third Age (U3A), Women’s Institute (WI), and other special interest groups. Our community team also run toddler tours introducing little people to the theatre away from the noise of a normal production.

£40 for 45-1hour talk/ presentation, followed by 20 min Q&A

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Theatre Tours

Kings Theatre Tours are a chance for you to see the theatre as never before! Step behind the scenes with one of our knowledgeable team and discover things you never knew! Please note, the tour is across all levels and the theatre has no lift. Refreshments are provided post tour. £8/ £5.50

February 2nd, March 2nd, April 6th. 10.30am

Toddler Tours (18months-4years)

This interactive tour allows your little ones to visit our beautiful Edwardian Theatre and through songs, music and stories they will learn about the characters that performed on our main stage. Tours include the dress circle, the stalls and boxes with interactive activities throughout! £4.50

January 11th, February 1st, March 1st, April 5th. 10.30am

Meet the Archivists

Come along to one of our ‘Meet the Archivists’ Coffee Mornings where you’ll discover the rich history of the Kings Theatre through illustrated talks. £3

January 12th 18th, March 9th 29th. 10.30am

In the Night Garden Family Tour (18months -6 years)

This ‘In the Night Garden’ themed interactive tour will allow your little ones to explore the theatre through songs, music and stories. Tours include the dress circle, the stalls and boxes with interactive activities throughout! £4.50

Saturday 13th April 10am-11am

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