Kings Theatre



Albert Road, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 2QJ

Tel: +44 (0)23 9282 8282

Kings Theatre


The dignified and beautiful Kings Theatre, situated on Albert Road in Southsea, is one of the best examples of an elegant Edwardian playhouse to be found in the British Isles with many of its original features and Italian Renaissance style of décor still intact.

The theatre, a result of the vision and business acumen of John Waters Boughton and the architectural prowess of Frank Matcham, one of the greatest theatre architects of his time, opened in 1907 in “a most glittering of occasions”.

Since that night numerous productions have visited the Kings - the theatre was the venue for the opening of the famous ‘Aldwych Farces’ and in 1974, Director Ken Russell filmed the Pinball Wizard sequence of the rock opera ‘Tommy’ featuring The Who and Elton John here.

Many stars of the stage and screen have performed at the Kings including Sarah Bernhardt, Noel Coward, Sean Connery, Rex Harrison, Spike Milligan, Ivor Novello, Sybil Thorndike and HB Irving to name but a few of the greats of the last century and the theatre is proud to include Dillie Keane, Hugh Dennis and Lisa Reilly as their current Patrons.

Since 2003 the theatre has been operated by Kings Theatre Trust Ltd and over £2million has been spent on an extensive restoration programme to carry out vital repairs, restoration and improve facilities.

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!

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Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Staff fluent in foreign languages ** (List of languages are separately given)
  • Toilets

Languages spoken

  • Urdu spoken

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free) - After 6pm at Waitrose nearby. On street parking.

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 1600
  • Min group size - 10
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth


Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Kings Theatre is less than 5 miles from the M27 and A27 with several routes through Portsmouth. FREE car parking is available after 6pm just a short walk away at Waitrose Car Park.

Public Transport Directions

The Kings is a 20 minute walk or short taxi ride from Fratton and Portsmouth & Southsea train stations.

There is a taxi rank and bus stop outside the theatre – see for details of bus services.

Gosport Ferry, Hovertravel and Wightlink operate ferry services from Gosport and Isle of Wight to Portsmouth.

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