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Theatres in South East England

Find what's on at a theatre near you and discover why South East England is brimming with talent.

Whether it is professional or amateur productions, comedy or music gigs, pantomimes or talks, there is lots of entertainment taking place throughout the region. With each venue specialising in different genres, here is your guide to some of the best theatres in South East England. 

Whether you're local or visiting for a short break or holiday, see what's on at a theatre near you by clicking the 'Theatre Listings' image on the right.

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New Theatre - Oxford

One of 40 theatre renowned owned by The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) showing high class performances from leading opera and ballet companies, contemporary dance, hit musicals like Chicago and Guys and Dolls, and of course sell-out pop concerts.

Kings Theatre - Portsmouth 

If you're looking for history and character when going to a theatre then look no further than Kings Theatre in Portsmouth. The building is one of the best examples of an elegant Edwardian playhouse, designed by notable theatre architect Frank Matcham, to be found in the UK with many of its original features still in tact.

The Kings has a full and varied programme of shows throughout the year to suit all tastes including musicals, ballet, opera, dance, music and tribute acts, drama, comedy, family shows, film and of course traditional pantomime.

The Churchill Theatre - Kent

Since the late 70s the Churchill Theatre in Bromley has been one of the South East's leading live entertainment venues, welcoming over 150,000 customers through its doors every year. 

The theatre’s comfortable auditorium seats up to 781, is fully air-conditioned and the modern facilities include several bars, refreshment kiosks and spacious foyers.

Mayflower Theatre - Southampton

The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton is one of the largest theatres in South East England and attracts some exciting productions throughout the year.

With some of the biggest names in theatre, comedy, musicals, ballet and opera, you'll see hit West End shows and first-run plays, stand-up comedy and annual pantomimes for the whole family! You'll even find master-classes and talks about acting, writing, directing and all aspects of performance.

Chichester Festival Theatre, West Sussex

Situated between the South Downs and the sea, Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the country’s most loved and lively theatres. Renowned for the quality of its productions presented during its celebrated summer Festival (many of which go on to the West End or national tour), it’s location and great prices mean it’s perfect for a weekend theatre break. 

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  1. Add The Beacon to your Itinerary

    The Beacon

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    Theatre

    Location

    Wantage

    The Beacon is illuminating Wantage through the culture, leisure and entertainment.
    As a vibrant gathering place for the local community, we offer a varied programme of live events from cinema, music, theatre and comedy to a regular activity timetable of classes and workshops.

  2. Add Kings Theatre to your Itinerary

    Kings Theatre

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    Theatre

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    Southsea

    The dignified and beautiful Kings Theatre is one of the most elegant Edwardian playhouses to be found in the British Isles the perfect setting to enjoy a full programme of shows including musicals, ballet, opera, dance, drama, music, comedy and film

  3. Add Theatre Royal Winchester to your Itinerary

    Theatre Royal Winchester

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    Theatre

    Location

    Winchester

    Beautiful and intimate Edwardian-style Theatre venue

  4. Add Mayflower Theatre to your Itinerary

    Mayflower Theatre

    Type

    Theatre

    Location

    Southampton

    The largest Theatre in the south, The Mayflower offers spectacular touring musicals - many direct from the West End - plus opera, ballet and comedy.

  5. Add New Theatre Oxford to your Itinerary

    New Theatre Oxford

    Type

    Theatre

    Location

    Oxford

    Theatre, presenting the best in live touring entertainment.

  6. Add Chichester Festival Theatre to your Itinerary

    Chichester Festival Theatre

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    Theatres & Cinemas

    Location

    Chichester

    Situated between the South Downs and the sea, Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the country’s most loved and lively theatres. Come and visit!
    ‘The jewel in the crown of regional theatres’
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  7. Add Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells to your Itinerary

    Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

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    Theatre

    Location

    Tunbridge Wells

    The Assembly Hall Theatre is a 1,000 seat receiving theatre offering an eclectic programme with everything from family shows to classical music, including West End touring musicals and drama, dance, comedy, opera and classical, ballet and more.

  8. Add Norden Farm Centre for the Arts to your Itinerary

    Norden Farm Centre for the Arts

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    Theatre

    Location

    Maidenhead

    Gigs, comedy, film, theatre, gallery, classes, cafe bar. Since September 2000, Norden Farm has offered the people of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, and beyond, the best in entertainment and the performing arts.

  9. Add Nuffield Southampton Theatres  to your Itinerary

    Nuffield Southampton Theatres

    Type

    Theatre

    Location

    Southampton

    Nuffield is a multi-award winning professional producing theatre company based in Southampton. Open all year, Nuffield Theatre’s programme includes classics, new writing, comedy drama, beautiful children’s theatre and top class stand-up comedians.

  10. Add Cornerstone Arts Centre to your Itinerary

    Cornerstone Arts Centre

    Type

    Theatre

    Location

    Didcot

    Cornerstone is a purpose-built theatre, entertainment and arts venue in the heart of Didcot, south Oxfordshire. Cornerstone provides a varied programme of comedy, drama, music and family shows, together with a wide range of courses, workshops and exhibitions.