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Update from our CEO, Paul Woolf | 29 May 2020

Good Evening

Hopefully you are well and have had a chance to enjoy some of this glorious weather.

Slowly the lockdown is easing – but we still have no clarification about when it will be possible to open our doors and raise the curtain.

In the meantime we are preparing for when we can open, developing plans to keep you, staff, and performers all safe. We are also doing essential maintenance inside the theatre; painting the dressing rooms, sorting and testing all our stage equipment, changing light bulbs – you can only imagine how many are in the theatre – and I’m delighted to announce we are improving the flooring in the Stalls. I agree it is well overdue, but it is one of the few silver linings that at last we have the time to do it now.

I’ll be taking a look over the building tomorrow (Saturday 30 May) with our talented Creative Director, Mr Jack Edwards, and you can join us LIVE on Facebook from 1pm. We’ll be talking about the theatre and our plans for reopening – when it’s safe to do so – as well as discovering some parts of the building that aren’t often seen by the public. So join us on Facebook for what is sure to be a unique backstage tour!

Jack has spent the last few weeks on the hot line to new and old producers booking and moving a great line up of shows into 2021. We have some incredible performances to look forward to, from Pop Princesses to Comedy at the Kings and lots in between. We’re sure there’s something to suit you and all your family and friends. You have my word if any shows do not go on, you will be able to exchange or get a refund (excluding fees) for any tickets bought.

Thank you for supporting us through this time – without you the audience – we are nothing. And as I said before I am personally committed to steering the Kings through this uncertain time and we will be ready to open as soon as we can.

Stay safe and well,

Paul Woolf
CEO Kings Theatre

We are working hard to reschedule as many of the affected performances as possible. Confirmed reschedules can be found here.

For the latest government advice and information, please click here.

FAQ

I’m a Key Worker. How do I get a ticket to your free panto performance?

Thank you for your interest in our free performance of Peter Pan for NHS and key workers. Over the next few weeks we will be announcing an extra week of panto at The Kings this year. One of these performances will be a free performance for NHS and key workers. We’ll be announcing the date of this performance and how you can get tickets during May so please sign up for our e-news and watch our website and social media as we will be releasing further details here.

The show I have booked has been rescheduled – what should I do?

If the show you booked tickets for has been rescheduled your booking and seats have been exchanged into the new date. You will have received an email advising you of this. A full list of rescheduled shows can be found here.

The show I have booked has been cancelled – what should I do?

Very few shows have been cancelled but if this has happened you will have received an email giving you further instructions about donating the cost of your ticket and the refund process .

The show I am booked to see isn’t listed as rescheduled or cancelled– what should I do?

We are updating this information on a regular basis here as soon as we confirm details with the Producers, so please do check back regularly. All ticket bookers will be contacted with information directly related to the shows they have booked.

What about shows in June and July?

Currently all performances after 31 May 2020 are taking place. If this situation changes we will contact all ticket holders with the relevant information.

Why is it taking so long to get back to me?

As we are getting information confirmed we are contacting customers but please bear with us as we are currently working remotely with a severely reduced active staff. We aim to reply to emails and social media queries within 48 hours but this may take longer at this present time.

Sadly due to our reduced active staff we have been forced to temporarily close Box Office phone lines for a short time. Please keep an eye on our website and across our social media channels for future information about the phone lines re-opening.

I still need to contact you – how do I do that?

If you need to contact us about anything else please email box.office@kingsportsmouth.co.uk


Update from our CEO, Paul Woolf | 15 May 2020

As the days merge into one I start by hoping you are well.

This week the Kings has cause to reflect on the remarkable achievements of Frank Matcham, the architect of the theatre.

Sunday 16 May marks the 100th anniversary of his death and in remembering him it gives us the chance to celebrate what an amazing theatre we have. Up until recently I was in the Kings most days but still never tire of looking up at the ceiling or the sight of the auditorium from the stage.

Building over 150 theatres including the London Palladium, London Coliseum and the Blackpool Grand, Matcham was the leading theatre architect of his time although extraordinarily snubbed by the profession as he wasn’t qualified. Theatre owners recognised his skill though, and his eye for beauty, lavishness, and a very important fact for you – sightlines – all Matcham theatres have great sightlines. Today only 21 Matcham theatres have survived so we are blessed to still have this notable theatre in the city.

As for many the lock down continues to present us with problems but we are hoping the new ministerial task force that is looking at the entertainment sector will give us some dates to work to. Rest assured we are rescheduling and booking an amazing programme for when we get the green light, and we are actively considering all safety measures.

When you can come back, and are waiting for the show to start, take some time to look up and remind yourself how beautiful the Kings is.

With All Best Wishes.
Paul Woolf, CEO

 


Update from our CEO, Paul Woolf | 1 May 2020

I cycled past the Kings last weekend and the sun was shining on Aurora – our golden statue standing guard high above the Kings. She was standing so bright and strong it filled me with a sense of optimism for the future amidst the uncertainty.

So what does that future look like? We at the Kings are, just like you, waiting for news on how the lock down will unfold. Reading all the signs and following requests from producers to move shows we have taken the decision to postpone and reschedule all shows up to 31 July 2020. If you have tickets for July we will be writing to you and all ticket holders directly so please keep an eye on your inbox. We are currently working with a severely reduced active team and have one person working in Box Office to answer your queries during office hours Monday – Friday, so please bear with us as our reply to you may take longer than usual.

But this hasn’t stopped us planning for reopening. You may have watched me and Jack Edwards on our Facebook Live session this week – if not you can watch it here. During the session we heard live that the actor we wanted to play Peter Pan in our Panto has said yes. You will adore him – and I can’t wait to reveal who he is.

I am also delighted to announce two new shows going on sale today. We have Come What May: The Ultimate Moulin Rouge Tribute, on Tuesday 29th September, if you liked the movie and love musicals you will love this. And we have The Rocketmen an amazing review of the fabulous and timeless songs of Sir Elton John on the 22nd March 2021. Have a look at our website and you will see other great shows coming up in the Autumn and Winter.

Please be assured that we are thinking hard about all the measures that have to be in place to make the theatre a safe place to be on your return. Keep well,

With All Best Wishes.
Paul Woolf, CEO


Update from our CEO, Paul Woolf | 24 April 2020

First and foremost I hope you and your family and friends are keeping safe and well.

Although the curtain is down at the moment we are busy making plans to raise it and welcome you back. I would love to share these plans with you and am thrilled to say that Jack Edwards and I will be back with our 3rd Facebook Live on Wednesday 29 April at 1pm. Join us on Wednesday for our live conversation or you can submit your questions now on our Facebook page. We love hearing from you and we’ll have more details of our previously announced free panto performance for NHS and other key workers. Tune in on Wednesday here.

The programming engine continues to purr away as we plan for the lead up to Christmas and 2021.

I am delighted to announce that the BBC Big Band are coming to perform two spectacular concerts. The first is Wednesday 4 November, where the BBC Big Band will be presenting The Sound of the Cinema – a spectacular concert featuring some of the greatest movie sound-tracks of all time, and even better they will be joined by internationally renowned guest vocalist Emer McParland. And then on Tuesday 10 November we’d love you to join us and the BBC Big Band for a VE Day 75th Anniversary Concert. A very special event inspired by the war years and commemorating all those that lived through these times, the band will be playing the music which provided the backdrop to this momentous period of our history.

We would love to see you at these events and of course the other new shows going on sale. See our website for the best seats while they are still available.

Hope to see you Wednesday. Stay in touch and stay safe!

With All Best Wishes.
Paul Woolf, CEO


Update from our CEO, Paul Woolf | 14 April 2020

All of us at the Kings hope you and yours are well and safe.

We hope you managed to make the best of the Easter weekend. Saying this we haven’t forgotten that key workers were hard at it and many in very difficult circumstances. The Kings would like to say our own thank you to NHS and other key workers and I am delighted to announce we will be inviting them to a free outing to the Pantomime this Christmas. More details about this will follow.

Last week Jack Edwards and I hosted our first ‘socially distanced’ live chat. It was good to hear your questions and for your supportive comments. If you missed it you can watch it here. It was a lot of fun for us and we plan on running more sessions on a regular basis. We will email when we know the next date and hopefully you can join us or post your questions beforehand.

Another highlight is we have managed to secure a rescheduled date for the mighty We Will Rock You. This has moved to Monday 31 May – Saturday 5 June 2021. All ticket holders were emailed last week so please check your emails for full information. Your tickets have been exchanged into the equivalent performance so if you were coming on Monday 3 June your tickets are now valid for Monday 31 May 2021. Your seats remain the same. If you have any questions please do contact our Box Office box.office@kingsportsmouth.co.uk. In the words of Queen – The Show Must Go On – and we agree!

As I have mentioned previously we have a small Box Office team working remotely. We are continuing to contact all customers for our rescheduled shows. Please bear with us as we are working through an enormous amount of emails and messages via social media – but we are managing to respond to everyone in the end.

Looking ahead we are working with both regular and new promoters and our future programming for 2021 is looking terrific. Over the next few weeks I plan to share some of our new programming with you so please do keep an eye out for this weekly email and across our website and social media. Saying this you can be assured your safety is our priority and we are already thinking how we manage this when the lockdown is relaxed to make it safe, comfortable and easy for you to return to the theatre again.


Update from our CEO, Paul Woolf | 6 April 2020

We have been working away rescheduling our fabulous line up of shows and looking ahead to 2021. We can’t wait to tell you about the amazing programme we have coming up.

I am pleased to say most customers for our April and May shows have now been contacted, so if you have not seen the email please check your junk/spam folder. If you have any queries you can reach us at box.office@kingsportsmouth.co.uk but please bear with us as it may take longer than usual to reply to messages.

On behalf of the Kings I would like to thank everyone who has donated their ticket money. This will make a real difference to the theatre when we can reopen and your generosity is humbling at such a difficult time.

Sadly due to our reduced active staff we have been forced to temporarily close Box Office phone lines for a short time. Please keep an eye on our website and across our social media channels for future information about the phone lines re-opening and of course for other news about our shows.

With All Best Wishes.
Paul Woolf, CEO

We are working hard to reschedule as many of the affected performances as possible. Confirmed reschedules can be found here.

For the latest government advice and information, please click here.


Update from our CEO, Paul Woolf | 24 March 2020

With the recent statements from the UK government regarding social distancing, and ongoing conversations with the Producers of shows coming to the theatre, we are sad to announce that the Kings is extending its temporary closure up to Sunday 31 May 2020.

We are working tirelessly to reschedule our fabulous line up of shows in this period and if you have tickets we will be contacting you as soon as we have the news.

During these exceptional times we have a small Box Office team working off-site who are dealing with a huge number of queries. All details about how to exchange tickets will be included in the individual emails we are sending to ticket holders as we confirm details with the Producers. May I ask you to bear with us and where possible not contact Box Office until directed to do so.

Saying that, we are still on sale with all shows after May including our spectacular Christmas Panto, Peter Pan (starring Only Fools and Horses’ Boycie – John Challis and our very own Jack Edwards).

Unfortunately due to the reduced numbers of our active team we will now be closing the Kings Theatre Box Office phone lines for a short time. Please keep an eye on our website and across our social media channels for future information about the phone lines re-opening.

You can also reach us at box.office@kingsportsmouth.co.uk but please note it may take longer than usual to reply to messages.

We are updating social media and our website as we get news so please keep an eye on the latest information.

It is for many of us the first time something of this magnitude has impacted each and every one of us in such a significant way. I am committed to managing the Kings Theatre through this period and hope to be welcoming you back very soon to give you the first class live theatre we all deserve.

With All Best Wishes.
Paul Woolf, CEO

We are working hard to reschedule as many of the affected performances as possible. Confirmed reschedules can be found here.

For the latest government advice and information, please click here.


Ways You Can Support

Make a Donation

As a registered charity (1088254), we rely on the support of our audience and community. In these unprecedented times your donation – whatever the amount, will help to protect the Theatre and ensure that it continues to thrive.

Please follow the link to Donate Now. Your support is hugely appreciated.


Sponsor a Seat | Leave a Legacy

Consider securing your place in Kings Theatre history by sponsoring a seat and have the message of your choice engraved onto a plaque and placed onto one of our seats. Your name, personal dedication or company will be visible for all to see.

If you love visiting the Kings and want to be a part of what’s to come, why not sponsor a seat for yourself or a loved one? Give the gift of Theatre! Find out more here.


Keep Engaging with the Theatre

Keep an eye on your email inbox and stay connected with the Kings Theatre on social media. Whilst we are currently unable to keep entertaining in person, we can still bring the show to you.

Sign up to our Newsletter, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and like us on Facebook and stay tuned.


Look Ahead to our Upcoming Shows

Although the curtain is currently down in the Theatre and the Ghost Light flickering on the stage, rest assured that work is continuing behind the scenes. Whilst we all have that bit of down-time, why not draw up a wish-list of the shows you’d like to see.

Take a look at our What’s On Guide. We’ll be flying to Neverland very soon…

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