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Rickmansworth Dance Audition Info - Jack and the Beanstalk 2016

Posted: 22 Sep 2016 - by Christopher

Full details on our Jack and the Beanstalk dance auditions right here!

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Countdown to Panto Season 2016/17

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 - by Christopher

With just months to go until the curtain goes up on pantomimes the length and breath of the country, we're busier than ever planning some of our biggest productions to date. Our all-star casts are gearing up to add 21st century sparkle and huge production value to some of the most loved family shows.

As the clock ticks ever closer to pantomime magic, should you have any queries regarding any of our shows or their content please email 

Or for any media enquiries, requests for interviews with our star casts andadditional promo or production pictures please contact Marketing Manager Chris Hall at

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Redhill Dance Audition Info - Cinderella 2016

Posted: 17 Aug 2016 - by Christopher

All the dance audition info you need for our Harlequin Theatre production of Cinderella. 

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The One and Only Panto You Need This Christmas

Posted: 21 Jun 2016 - by Christopher

This Christmas, pop legend, the one and only Chesney Hawkes is set to charm audiences of all ages as he plays Prince Charming in the family favourite pantomime Cinderella.

The hitmaker was catapulted to fame in 1991, when aged 19 he played the lead in the film Buddy's Song; a popular coming of age tale which featured a young Chesney juggling the teenage challenges of school and dating with the determination to become a world famous popstar. Following the film, The One and Only was released from the soundtrack and became an instant hit at home and abroad, shooting to the top of the charts in the UK and making the top ten stateside. With five weeks spent at number one, the hit track became the twentieth most successful release of the 90s and has gone on to be the subject of numerous compilation albums, TV ads, TV theme music, film soundtracks and, now a student anthem, continues to top ‘Best pop song of the nineties’ polls. Following the track’s release Chesney continued to enjoy success around the world, touring extensively and playing the festival circuit while also continuing to record fresh material, which led to chart recognition for seven more singles.

Away from the music world Chesney’s television appearances could form the basis of a slapstick comedy show but with added danger. Following his appearance on the Channel 4 show The Games, (where he finished third) he needed surgery on a hip injury. He put his dancing skills to the test on Let’s Dance for Comic Relief and, looking pain and humiliation squarely in the eye, he signed up for ITV’s Sing if You Can where, being asked to sing while a fire roared around him, he narrowly escaped being burnt to death. Well..... Always looking to push the boundaries, he accepted an invitation to join the cast of  ITV’s Dancing on Ice All was going well until just before filming started he went on to the ice on his own, breaking an ankle and ruling himself out of the show. Chesney’s accident prone history was hilariously summed up in John Bishop’s Panto, the ITV comedy drama in which Chesney played the role of a member of the cast forever doing damage to himself. He did though manage to redeem himself by surviving Celebrity Masterchef 2015 unscathed, going on to make the semi-finals on the popular cooking challenge show.    

Pantomime producer Paul Holman said: “I am delighted to have secured such a top showman as Chesney to play our dashing prince. He has firmly established himself as a brilliant performer with top vocals, dancing and stage presence among his many credits. Redhill has some of the most lively audiences every Christmas and Chesney is the perfect performer to get everyone going. It will be a stellar production.”  

Chesney joins Redhill pantomime favourites Neil Wheatley and Simon Bashford, and A Touch of Frost’s superb John Lyons in what is shaping up be one of the biggest festive productions ever staged in Redhill.

Cinderella’s cast and carriage call at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill from Friday 9 December until Saturday 31 December. Tickets available from the box office on 01737 276 500 and online

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Top comedian joins all-star panto line-up!

Posted: 10 Jun 2016 - by Christopher

Top telly comic Patrick Monahan will be joined by Richard 'Dick' McCourt, (one half of legendary kids' presenting duo Dick & Dom), pop star Amelia Lily, and X Factor star Lloyd Daniels in Worthing’s biggest ever production of The Pantomime Adventures of  Peter Pan this Christmas. 

Patrick has had a meteoric rise up the comedy ladder and has quickly established a career that blends TV appearances with solo stand up tours alongside occasional audience warm up work as well as circuit sets. In addition to this Patrick is in huge demand on the Corporate Circuit as both an After Dinner speaker as well as an Awards Host.  Constantly working, last year he played over 300 gigs throughout the UK and Europe, had another successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe and appeared in far-flung hotspots including Dubai, Bahrain and Costa Rica.

Most recently seen on BBC 1’s The One Show from the Edinburgh Festival (red button coverage),  ‘Celebrity Squares’ (ITV),  ‘Splash!’ (ITV), ‘Fake Reaction’ (ITV2), Man Up (Fox). Patrick has also worked as host of ‘Jongleurs Live!’ (Sky) and ‘12 Again’ (CBBC/BBC2). Other notable TV appearances include ‘Comedy Annual’ (ITV1) ‘Daybreak’ (ITV) ‘Loose Women’ (ITV) and ‘The Wright Stuff’ (C5). Winner of the ITV series ‘Show Me The Funny’ which led to the release of his debut DVD ‘Patrick Monahan Live’ (2 Entertain). He also took part in Let’s Dance for Sports Relief on BBC, won Best Newcomer at the Loaded LAFTA Awards and Forth Radio Best Stand-Up People’s Choice Award for his Edinburgh hit show ‘Hug Me I Feel Good’

Patrick is currently on a UK  Tour of his much acclaimed Edinburgh 2015 show,  ‘Disco Years’. Directed by Phil Nicol,  this highly personal, reflective but always funny show gained 4 and 5 star reviews. 

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan runs from 2 December until 8 January 2017 at The Pavilion Theatre Worthing. Tickets are available from Worthing Theatres’ box office (01903 206206) and online (


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Perfect Panto Star to Play da Pavilion in Peter Pan

Posted: 24 May 2016 - by Christopher

Richard ‘Dick’ McCourt, known to millions as one half of legendary kids’ comedy duo Dick & Dom, is set to keep the fun flowing this Christmas when he joins an all- star panto production of Peter Pan at The Pavilion Theatre Worthing. With more than twenty years of entertaining the nation under his belt, the family favourite funny man is prepped to pack Peter Pan with plenty of pedigree panto comedy, as the hilarious pirate Smee!

Richard first burst onto our screens with comedy partner in crime Dominic ‘Dom’ Wood in 1996 where the pair brought after school mayhem and madness to kids’ TV diets. As they took their first steps into the wild and wacky world of kids’ telly, the duo could have little idea that they’d carve out a lasting, award winning TV career that would see them celebrate their twenty years on the showbiz circuit in 2016.

After cutting their comedy teeth in the 90s on kids’ telly, the boys went on to front their  own  live  weekend  entertainment  show  on  BBC1  in  2002  to  much  critical acclaim.  Dick and Dom in da Bungalow became a double BAFTA award winning sensation for the BBC, running for five seasons and firmly confirming the duo’s status as one of the most memorable and entertaining names in showbusiness. The loose  game  show  format  of  the  show  put  family fun,  live  in-studio  games  and sketches and good-natured friendly competition back on the TV landscape, making the boys a popular and hotly anticipated part of family weekend viewing.

Fast forward to 2006, the boys had bounced from da Bungalow and were building up their broadcast portfolio, presenting The Sunday Morning Show on BBC Radio 1 and two series of the hit show Are You Smarter than a 10 Year Old? for Sky 1. In 2009 the allure of the magical world of kids’ entertainment led the boys back to CBBC with two brand new shows, The Legend of Dick and Dom and Da Dick and Dom Dairies (the best of Da Bungalow).

On top on their TV talents, Dick and Dom have enjoyed success on stage and the big screen. They earned rave reviews for their roles in feature film Horrid Henry: The Movie in 2011. They’ve equally made a name for themselves on the touring circuit, headlining Butlins twice with an 80 date sell out tour before treading the boards to critical acclaim in the West End starring as King Arthur and Patsy in Monty Python’s Spamalot.

Pantomime Producer Paul Holman said “I am delighted to have secured such a showman as Richard to play Smee. His fine comic talents, energy and enthusiasm make him the perfect addition to our all-star cast.”

Speaking of his pantomime role, Richard said “It’s incredible to play a part in Peter Pan which has some of best audience participation, scenery and magical moments of any theatre production. I get such a buzz from performing live and feel so excited about having big laughs with audiences in Worthing – is there any better way to spend Christmas?!”

 Richard joins an all-star cast in The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan running from  2  December  until  8  January  2017  at  The  Pavilion  Theatre.  Tickets  are available from Worthing Theatres’ box office (01903 206206) and online (

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Pop Princess to star in Peter Pan

Posted: 20 May 2016 - by Christopher

Pop hit maker, X Factor finalist and star of the stage, Amelia Lily, is poised to bring pantomime magic to The Pavilion Theatre, Worthing this Christmas in the spectacular swashbuckling family pantomime Peter Pan. Amelia will be putting her powerhouse vocals to use as she joins an all-star cast production as the feisty, fun- loving Tiger Lily.

Amelia shot to fame in 2011 in one of the most watched and critically acclaimed series of hit telly talent contest The X Factor. The series, which saw peak viewing figures of 13 million went on to pick up a National Television Award in 2012 for Best TV Talent Contest. Amelia’s powerful renditions of pop-rock classics, alongside her unique look and strong stage presence proved popular with judges and the viewing public alike, earning her comparisons to Kelly Clarkson and Christina Aguilera to name just a few. Amelia regularly topped the public vote from week to week, eventually going on to reach the finals where she finished in third place behind Marcus Collins and Little Mix.

After the show, she was signed by Sony, securing a £500,000 recording contract with the music industry giant. Her first single You Bring Me Joy was described as ‘impressive’ and ‘pop at its best’ by critics and went straight into the charts at number Two. The follow-up singles Shut Up (And Give Me Whatever You Got) and Party Over were both well-received, making the top twenty and top forty respectively. As an established name on the pop circuit Amelia toured the UK and supported both Girls Aloud and Olly Murs on their sell out arena tours in 2013.

Aside from her pop career, Amelia has notched up an impressive number of theatrical credits, having starred in leading stage productions across the country. She made her musical theatre debut in the classic Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and in 2015 was announced as leading character Whatsername in the West End premiere of Green Day's hit punk rock musical American Idiot and this year sees her take to the road in the inaugural UK tour of the smash hit show.

Speaking of her role Amelia said “I am thrilled to be starring in such a huge production as Peter Pan which has all the top musical numbers, showmanship and staging that people love in a brilliant pantomime. I’m so excited for Christmas.”

Amelia joins an all-star cast in The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan running from 2 December until 8 January 2017 at The Pavilion Theatre. Tickets are available from Worthing Theatres’ box office (01903 206206) and online (

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Blackwood brings panto magic to Derby

Posted: 20 May 2016 - by Christopher

West End star, TV and radio presenter, stand-up comic, and star of BBC’s EastEnders Richard Blackwood is sure to bring comedy capers and his years of experience to Derby Arena as he joins the cast of the all-star family panto Cinderella, playing everyone’s favourite character, Buttons.

Richard first set his sights on entertaining at the tender age of eight, after watching the legendary comic Richard Pryor live in concert. He cut his comedy teeth on the school bus standing up to bullies and became a regular face at the famous Comedy Store.

Critically acclaimed and a regular face on the comedy circuit, Richard was catapulted into the limelight with his own Channel 4 programme, The Richard Blackwood Show. A culmination of comedic improvisation, celebrity interviews and music, the show allowed Richard to demonstrate his emerging lyrical talent. In 1996 Richard fronted MTV’s prime-time music request show, MTV Select and appearances on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Take Away, Holby City, Casualty, Britannia High and Ed Stone is Dead plus the critically acclaimed box office hit movie Anuvahood have made him a household name and kept him busy on the large and small screen.

A number three hit Mama Who Da Man show-cased Richard’s talents in a new light and also saw him host Top of the Pops and The Smash Hits Awards. His tongue-in-cheek approach to hip-hop exposed him to an array of new fans searching for light relief in a genre usually associated with gang culture and had critics dubbing him, ‘south London’s answer to Will Smith’.
In 2004, Richard joined Choice FM (now Capital XTRA) – the UK’s leading urban station and together with fellow broadcaster, Kat B, the duo were the most-listened to show on the station’s weekend schedule. In 2007, Richard landed his own show on the station, RB’s Sunday School. His no-nonsense approach to community issues proved to be popular amongst his audience and the station soon launched RB Real Talk, a series of monthly seminars to empower, inspire and motivate young people based on this model.

In 2009 Richard turned his attention to stage work, treading the boards at London’s Novello Theatre in the Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer prize-winning classic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He went on to wow critics and West End audiences alike when he starred at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane as Donkey in the box office smash-hit Shrek the Musical for 715 sell-out performances until the show’s close in 2013.

In 2015 Richard was catapulted back onto the small screen and back into our living rooms, joining the cast of EastEnders as smooth operator Vincent Hubbard. He made his debut in the thrilling live episode in February 2015 during a week of celebrations to mark the hit soap opera’s 30th birthday. A complex character with many layers, Vincent’s charm, quick wit, good looks and bad boy behaviour have kept viewers hooked!

Richard Blackwood said:
“I am so excited to be joining the cast of Cinderella at Derby Arena. I always have so much fun on stage and love having laughs with the audience. The show is staged by award-winning producers and will be a real spectacle sure to deliver big fun, energy, music and entertainment!’

Pantomime producer Paul Holman said:
“I am delighted to have secured such a brilliant actor as Richard to play Buttons. It’s the perfect part for him to showcase his warmth, energy, enthusiasm and big personality and will give him every opportunity to dish out his quick-fire one-liners, charm and mischievous behaviour!”

Richard will star alongside TV-sensation Eilish O’Carroll who plays the hilarious Winnie McGoogan in much-loved sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys and Lloyd Warbey, all-round entertainer and presenter of the classic children’s show, Art Attack.

Cinderella runs from Tue 6 Dec – Tue 3 Jan at Derby Arena. Tickets are on sale now from Derby LIVE Box Office on 01332 255800 and online at

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Popular Irish Mammy Swaps Dublin for Derby

Posted: 20 May 2016 - by Christopher

TV sensation Eilish O’Carroll, star of hit show Mrs Brown’s Boys in which she plays Winnie
McGoogan is set to bring her Irish humour to Derby’s biggest ball, Cinderella, at Derby Arena.
Eilish, will be cast as the fairy godmother with a quirky Irish twist, guiding Cinderella on her journey
to find true love.

As Winnie, Agnes Brown’s hopeless yet loveable neighbour in Mrs Brown’s Boys, Eilish has
brought Irish slapstick, comedy, and good natured ‘craic’ into the living rooms of millions! It’s this
brand of comedy that has made the show a runaway success around the world, regularly
attracting audiences in excess of 11 million in the UK alone.

Now Eilish will be bringing her wit and humour to the Derby LIVE and Paul Holman Associates
co-production of Cinderella. Not known for being the brightest button in the tin, Winnie can
misunderstand a joke or mispronounce a word leading to hilarious consequences. In one
memorable episode she asked the waiter for ‘a quickie’ after misreading the menu which actually
said ‘quiche’.

Eilish O’Carroll’s work on Mrs Brown’s Boys has earned it the coveted title of the most watched
television programme on Christmas Day 2014 and has spawned an internationally successful
stage show, and a big screen spin-off, Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, which topped the box office
in the UK and Ireland in its opening week.

Away from the hit show, Eilish has made appearances in films, Snap, Sparrow’s Trap and a short
film called Noreen. She also penned, performed and toured her own one woman theatre show
Live Love Laugh, which went on to achieve rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for its
touching, yet humorous and life affirming look at Eilish’s own eventful life.

Pantomime producer Paul Holman said “I am thrilled that Eilish - a lady known to millions for her laugh-out-loud comedy talents – is joining our all-star pantomime at Derby Arena. As a sensationally popular performer who packs out theatres wherever she goes, Eilish is sure to continue our tradition of providing big laughs and comedy moments for all the family.”

Eilish will star alongside TV personality and EastEnders star Richard Blackwood and children’s television favourite and presenter of Art Attack, Lloyd Warbey.

Cinderella will be on stage from Tuesday 6 December 2016 until Tuesday 3 January 2017, with tickets priced from £11.25 and concessions, group, school and family tickets available.

With tickets already on sale, it’s never too early to book for this fantastic festive treat – call the Derby LIVE Box Office on 01332 255800, pick your seats online at, or book in person at the Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby.

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An Art Attack hits Derby Arena

Posted: 20 May 2016 - by Christopher

Actor, presenter and host of the legendary children’s TV classic Art Attack, Lloyd Warbey, is set to swap his paintbrush for pantomime as he joins the cast of Derby’s all-star panto for Christmas 2016, Cinderella. Best-known to children for his fun-loving attitude, quirky style and passion for creativity, Lloyd is sure to keep the fun factor flowing as Prince Charming’s faithful sidekick, Dandini.

An experienced performer, Lloyd completed his professional training at the prestigious East 15 acting school, where he developed a love for theatre, performance and live entertainment. His passion for the stage saw him tread the boards in the UK tour of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Jungle Book and Peter Pan to name just a few of his theatrical credits. Derby audiences may remember seeing Lloyd in Derby LIVE’s production of The BFG at Derby Theatre in 2011 and 12.

But it’s as the enthusiastic, larger-than-life presenter of the long-running kids’ telly favourite Art Attack that Lloyd is best known to children all around the country. The much-loved show, aimed at sparking the imagination and creativity of children, first shot to success in 1990 and has remained a staple of kids’ TV diet ever since. Unique in its concept, the show takes the viewer on a fun-filled journey through the various stages of producing something artistic step-by-step. Hosting the iconic show is a dream come true for Lloyd, who watched the programme religiously as a child and tried to recreate the makes! A presenter on the series since 2012, Lloyd has so far filmed four seasons of twenty seven episodes for the popular Disney Channel.

Speaking of his role Lloyd said: “Dandini is just the perfect role for me! He has that cheeky chappy edge that everyone loves, so I’ll have so much fun bringing the character to life on stage. I’m no stranger to Derby, as I’ve performed here on many different tours over the years. The audiences here are some of the best in the country so I’m excited to get them involved in the action and to make panto magical for everyone.”

Pantomime producer Paul Holman said: “Lloyd is a first-rate entertainer and performer who will deliver a knockout performance in Cinderella. We are thrilled to have him join our already sensationally talented cast, in what is shaping up to be one of biggest pantomime productions we’ve ever seen in Derby.”

Lloyd will complete a trio of top talent as he stars alongside TV personality and EastEnders star Richard Blackwood and TV-sensation Eilish O’Carroll who plays the hilarious Winnie McGoogan in much-loved sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys.

Cinderella will be on stage from Tuesday 6 December 2016 until Tuesday 3 January 2017, with tickets priced from £11.25 and concessions, group, school and family tickets available.

With tickets already on sale, it’s never too early to book for this fantastic festive treat – call the Derby LIVE Box Office on 01332 255800, pick your seats online at, or book in person at the Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby.

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X Factor star to play Peter Pan at The Pavilion

Posted: 18 May 2016 - by Christopher

He is best known as a finalist in the sixth and most watched season of The X Factor and later this year, Lloyd Daniels will be joining the cast of the spectacular swashbuckling pantomime Peter Pan at The Pavilion Theatre, Worthing.

Lloyd, who headlined The X Factor 2010 arena tour, taking in 58 different venues, and selling-out across the country, comes to Worthing having headlined Bill Kenwright’s UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Lloyd has earned both rave reviews from audiences and shot to critical acclaim with five star reviews branding him ‘the perfect Joseph’. He has also starred in three previous pantomimes, oppositeCoronation Street’s Bruce Jones, Loose Women’s Andrea Mclean and Eternal vocalist Vernie Bennett.

As a solo artist, Lloyd has had chart success with his EP Suburbian Girl and has a loyal following of fans across the country. Aside from the music world, a string of television interviews, shoots with national magazines and touring theatre productions have ensured that Lloyd has never been far from the spotlight since he left The X Factor stage.

Speaking about the pantomime Lloyd said: “Peter Pan is an amazing production and I am thrilled to be bringing it to Worthing. The big musical numbers, fabulous costumes, staging and stunning flying sequences all put together by award-winning producers, ensure that there’s something for everyone. I can’t wait to get on the stage.”

Pantomime producer Paul Holman said: “I’m thrilled to be working with Lloyd again. Along with his fabulous vocals, he brings real charisma combined with charm to create the laddish charm and mischief of Peter Pan.”

Lloyd joins an all-star cast (to be announced) in The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan running from 2 December until 8 January 2017 at The Pavilion Theatre. Tickets are available from Worthing Theatres’ box office (01903 206206) and online (

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New Theatre Royal announces the glittering lead cast for Santa Claus – The Musical

Posted: 13 May 2016 - by Christopher

Initial casting has been announced for the hit West End show Santa Claus - The Musical, which is coming to New Theatre Royal this Christmas.

Mark Read, former member of Brit award-winning boyband A1, will be taking the role of Joe the Chief Elf in the spectacular show, which runs from the 9th - 31st December and will see the theatre transformed into a fairytale winter wonderland.

With two decades in showbiz among his many credits, the talented singer songwriter is no stranger to the theatre, having enjoyed successful stints in hit shows Guys and Dolls, new West End musical Seasons of Love and a starring role in Cinderella.

Mark Read commented: “I am thrilled about coming to the New Theatre Royal. Portsmouth has some of the most brilliant audiences in the country so I can’t wait to get on the stage and perform some of best known and loved Christmas songs in this magical festive show. I can’t think of any better way to spend the Christmas season! See you there!”

Joining Mark in this festive feast will be chart-topping singer and former Eurovision Song Contest star Nicki French, who represented the UK in 2000 with Don’t Play that Song Again.

Following her Eurovision appearance, Nicki went on to win the Weakest Link Euro Special raising £13,000 for Cancer Research, and had international chart-topping success with the hit dance track Total Eclipse of the Heart reaching number one in the UK and spending six months in the American Billboard charts.

The acclaimed singer is now set to deliver a diva-style performance as the muddled, scheming Ice Queen.  

Jason Sutton, best known as his famous alter-ego Miss Jason, will also be joining the star-studded cast in the role of Santa Claus’ PA, Miss Drift.  As a seasoned cabaret star, Jason will be bringing his own brand of flamboyant fun to his role as the beloved dame.

More casting for the show will be announced soon.

Early bird tickets are now on sale, audiences who book before 31 August will receive 10% discount on ticket prices*. Standard and Gold performance tickets start from £16 to £25 with preview show tickets from just £12.

Visit or call the box office on 02392 649000 to book tickets.

*Early bird offer not available on Preview or School performances 

Notes to Editors: 

About Santa Claus – The Musical - Presented by Paul Holman Ltd, Santa Claus – The Musical will be showing from 9th- 31st December 2016. The hit West End show will feature spectacular scenery, colourful costumes and a host of festive characters including dancing penguins and polar bears. A live band will have audiences of all generations dancing along to classic Christmas hits such as Here comes Santa Claus, Jingle Bell Rock, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

About New Theatre Royal - Established as a theatre in 1854, New Theatre Royal has enjoyed over 150 years as a cultural landmark in the heart of Portsmouth. Since 2012, the theatre has been undergoing a refurbishment project of over £4.5 million to restore the historic building back to its former glory and modernise the theatre. Scheduled to re-open in October 2015, the theatre aims to deliver an eclectic programme of diverse acts and events including theatrical classics, comedy shows and musical performances – it will be a central hub to facilitate and inspire creative talent in the local community.

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