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The New Theatre Royal is an iconic Victorian building in the heart of Portsmouth and one of the remaining few Phipps / Matcham theatres in the world. The New Theatre Royal is a Victorian Grade II listed theatre in the heart of Portsmouth, England, with a capacity of 667. The theatre building was constructed in 1854 as Landport Hall. It was converted to a theatre two years later. It was rebuilt in 1884 by Charles J. Phipps and again in 1900 by Frank Matcham.
The Theatre reopened in October 2015 after a £4.7M refurbishment project.

Working with and for Portsmouth, the theatre seeks to create a programme which engages with and reflects the vitality of the city. Throughout the year, the New Theatre Royal presents and produces a diverse range of performances and is constantly seeking out new partnerships to increase the offering and create a strong 'Made in Portsmouth' brand.

The theatre has undergone extensive expansion and renovation works in recent years, to update the theatre and improve its offering. Along with closer ties to the University of Portsmouth - including physical doorways between the theatre and university buildings - the theatre now boasts the Minghella Studio, which provides workspace and a rehearsal area, as well as being a venue in its own right.

A huge variety of shows are laid on throughout the year, from operas and ballet to modern hard-hitting plays and some of the country's top stand-up talent.

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  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted
  • Min group size - 8 (to achieve group prices)
  • Special group rates - rates vary per show.

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction


Map & Directions

The New Theatre Royal


20 - 24 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DD
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Tel+44 023 9264 9000

Opening Times

2024 (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* See website for booking information.

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