New Theatre Royal

  • About
    Our main house is a beautiful Victorian auditorium designed by the famous architects Charles Phipps and Frank Matcham. The theatre reopened in October 2015 following an extensive refurbishment project that included improvements to the stage, fly-tower and backstage area. The capacity of the main house has also been increased to just under 700 seats.

    The main house stage has been graced by many iconic figures over the years, including Laurel and Hardy, Dame Peggy Ashcroft and Sarah Bernhardt; it also featured in the famous Ken Russell film, The Boyfriend and is one of the last few remaining Phipps/Matcham theatres in operation.

    The auditorium consists of three levels of the original four with the God’s level serving only as a technical facility. Historically the theatre suffered extensive fire damage and subsequently the backstage was demolished during the late 80’s, recently the backstage areas have been reconstructed to modern standards to allow for larger touring productions and producing.

    The Dress and Upper Circle are both open to the public and the God’s acts as technical station front of house. The Stalls and Dress Circle have folding down theatre seats while the Upper Circle is cushioned.
    Total seating is just under 700 and the capacities for the levels are as follows:
    • Stalls: 321 (or 309 with Orchestra Pit in)
    • Dress Circle: 172
    • Dress Circle Boxes: Undergoing restoration
    • Upper Circle: 176
    • Gallery: Undergoing long term restoration

    Traditional Proscenium-arch stage with front orchestra pit, the stage is a modern construction onto an original 1884/1900 Phipps/Matcham Theatre. Direct side of stage load-in is available for any sized vehicle, two vans can load simultaneously or a single articulated lorry.

    • PROSCENIUM – width: 8.94m
    • PROSCENIUM – height: 8.50m
    • MAXIMUM HEIGHT OF TABS: 7.50m
    • STAGE DEPTH – full: 10.75m
    • STAGE DEPTH – from Iron: 9.90m
    • STAGE DEPTH – in front of Iron: 0.85m
    • NORMAL SETTING LINE: Iron-line
    • STAGE WIDTH – downstage: 16.38m
    • STAGE WIDTH – upstage: 16.82m

    We present a mixed programme of Drama, Dance, Music, Stand-up Compedy, Comedic Theatre, Musicals and with innovate use of the stage can alose present smaller scale contemporary and fringe theatre.
  • Built in
    1856
  • Capacity
    669
  • Address
    20 - 24 Guildhall Walk
    Portsmouth
    PO1 2DD
  • Booking Contact
    02392649000
  • Tech Contact
    023 92 778 994
  • Website

Connected Mandy members:

Naomi Gibbs
Naomi Gibbs
Costume Designer
2020, The Nutcracker
Costume designer and wardrobe supervisor
Michelle Kowl
Michelle Kowl
Child Actor
2020, The Nutcracker
Louise
Katie Mcgill
Katie Mcgill
Child Actor
2020, DD MIX
DANCER
Ben Taylor
Ben Taylor
Lighting Technician
2019, Various Incoming
Casual Technician - Lighting, Sound, Stage
Laurence Coqueral
Laurence Coqueral
Child Actor
2019, The Nutcracker - A Christmas Spectacular
Various Roles
Paul Cassaro
Paul Cassaro
Child Actor
2019, The Nutcracker
Various - toy maker/young gentleman/soldier
Michelle Kowl
Michelle Kowl
Child Actor
2019, Peter Pan
Slightly
Naomi Gibbs
Naomi Gibbs
Costume Designer
2019, Peter Pan
Costume designer and wardrobe supervisor
Logan Robinson
Logan Robinson
Child Actor
2019, Oliver!
Dodger
Jack Edwards
Jack Edwards
Child Actor
2019, Oliver
Oliver Twist
Madeleine Haddock
Madeleine Haddock
Child Actor
2019, Oliver
Principle Dancer
Lewis Collins
Lewis Collins
Child Actor
2019, James and the Giant Peach
James
Eleanor Taulbut
Eleanor Taulbut
Wardrobe Assistant
2019, Internship
Costume assistant
Paula Tinker
Paula Tinker
Actor
2019, A Blaze of Light by Sue Shattock
Actress
Ryan Walker
Ryan Walker
Actor
2018, West Side Story
Action
Jimi Ogun
Jimi Ogun
Usher
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Sound technician
Ben Taylor
Ben Taylor
Lighting Technician
2018, Various Incoming and Inhouse productions
Full time Technician
Lois Kendall
Lois Kendall
Actor
2018, The Wizard Of Oz
Dorothy
Andrew Green
Andrew Green
Actor
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Major General Stanley
Chanel Edwards
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Kate Stanley