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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 below.

Top ten theatres in South East England

  • Churchill Theatre, London
    One of South East's leading live entertainment venues, welcoming over 150,000 customers through its doors every year. A comfortable auditorium seats up to 781, is fully air-conditioned and the modern facilities.
     
  • New Theatre, Oxford, Oxfordshire
    One of 40 theatres owned by The Ambassador Theatre Group showing high class performances from leading opera and ballet companies, contemporary dance, hit musicals like Chicago and Guys and Dolls, and pop concerts.
     
  • Kings Theatre, Portsmouth, Hampshire
    If you're looking for history and character, Kings Theatre is one of the best examples of an elegant Edwardian playhouse, designed by notable theatre architect Frank Matcham, with many of its original features still intact. A varied programme of shows throughout the year to suit all tastes includes musicals, ballet, opera, dance, music and tribute acts, drama, comedy, family shows, film and of course traditional pantomime.
     
  • Chichester Festival Theatre, West Sussex
    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.
     
  • Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Hampshire
    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.
     
  • Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
    An eclectic programme of live events from West End Musicals to family-friendly shows.
     
  • The Electric Theatre, Guildford, Surrey
    Drama, music and film in a welcoming envrionment.
     
  • The Mill at Sonning, Reading, Berkshire
    An 18th Century Flour Mill with dinner theatre performances.
     
  • Queens Park Arts Centre & Limelight Theatre, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
    Affordable access to quality professional live theatre, comedy and music with previous performances from Eddie Izzard, Lee Evans and Jo Brand.
     
  • Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, East Sussex
    One of the best examples of small Victorian Theatre in the country with ornate interior.

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  1. Churchill Theatre

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    Bromley

    An eclectic programme features a popular array of top-quality musicals, drama,
    comedy, dance, family shows, one night events, and world-class pantomime.

  2. Winter Gardens Theatre

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    Eastbourne

    The Winter Garden consists of the Floral Hall, Gold Room and Devonshire Halls, used for functions, music, shows, conferences, exhibitions and comedy clubs.

  3. Norden Farm Centre for the Arts

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    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.

  4. Devonshire Park Theatre

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    Eastbourne

    The Devonshire Park Theatre is a Grade II listed building designed by Henry Currey, built in 1884 and further improved by celebrated Theatre Architect Frank Matcham in 1903.
    The theatre has a seating capacity of 936.

  5. Kings 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

  6. The Lights Theatre

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    Andover

    The Lights, Andover's professional arts and entertainment venue is the hub of creative activity for Andover and the north west of Hampshire.

  7. Theatre Royal Winchester

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    Winchester

    Beautiful and intimate Edwardian-style Theatre venue

  8. Queens Park Arts Centre & Limelight Theatre

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    Aylesbury

    Offering over 70 weekly arts and crafts workshops, live comedy, music and theatre as well as exhibitions and demonstrations, Queens Park Arts Centre and Limelight Theatre has something for everyone.

  9. The Brook Theatre

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    Chatham

    Formerly Chatham Town Hall, The Brook Theatre is a hive of entertainment, activity and learning.

  10. Theatre Royal Margate

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    Margate

    The Theatre Royal, Addington Street Margate Kent, is perhaps southern England's most haunted theatre. Opened originally in 1787, heir to over 200 years of tradition and holding slightly under five hundred patrons.

  11. Winter Gardens Margate

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    Margate

    Opened on August 3rd 1911 by the Mayor of Margate. Providing Hospitality and Leisure Services in Partnership with Thanet District Council. Two theatres, four bars, catering for up to 700 people, parties, plays and exhibitions

  12. The Orchard Theatre

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    Dartford

    The Orchard Theatre was officially opened on the 14th April 1983 by His Royal Highness The
    Duke of Kent and quickly gained a reputation as one of the country's premier venues presenting
    a remarkable range of entertainment.

  13. Connaught Theatre, Cinema & Studio

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    Worthing

    The Art Deco Connaught Theatre, Cinema and Studio hosts a wide variety of plays ranging from musicals and thrillers to drama and children’s shows as well as 2D and 3D blockbuster films.

  14. Ferneham Hall

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    Fareham

    As part of Ferneham Hall's 30th Anniversary Celebrations we will be presenting some extra special shows that have never appeared in Fareham before.

  15. Assembly Hall

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    Worthing

    The largest of the town’s entertainment venues, hosting live bands; Worthing Symphony Orchestra and the Wurlitzer Organ, ideal for music, comedy and events.

  16. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

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    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.

  17. Mayflower Theatre

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    Southampton

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

  18. Pavilion Theatre

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    Worthing

    Part of Worthing Theatres, the Pavilion Theatre is situated on the promenade at the entrance to Worthing’s pier and hosts a variety of theatre, dance, music and comedy as well as events including craft fairs, children’s workshops and corporate events

  19. The Electric Theatre

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    Guildford

    The Electric Theatre is Guildford's local community theatre and is well known for its eclectic programme of drama, musicals, dance, music, poetry, film, lectures and book-signings. It aims to offer 'something for everyone'.

  20. Field Place & Arts Complex

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    Worthing

    A popular facility offering bowls, petanque, a centre for artists and potters, the Barn Theatre, and other activities. There are lovely grounds with childrens play area and the Model Engineers miniature railway (see events).

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