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Theatres in Hampshire - featuring Hampshire Theatres

Theatre fans in Hampshire are spoiled for choice when it comes to venues to see live performances. They range from the historic to the modern, but they all strive to provide a fantastic range of productions for the theatre-going public. UK travel insurance

In 1972, the grade 2* Victorian New Theatre Royal buildings in Portsmouth had a lucky escape when a fierce fire spared the lovely auditorium, although it did all but destroy the back-of-house facilities. Huge fundraising efforts saw the theatre escape demolition twice and once renovations are complete it will be a first-class and historically fascinating facility. It will be used by the University of Portsmouth as well as the city. It is keen on promoting youth theatre and runs many workshops throughout the year for writers and performers.

Winchester`s Theatre Royal prides itself on its eclectic programming and ensures that dance, drama, physical theatre, comedy, children`s theatre and music are all available. They have gone to great pains to be an inclusive theatre, with sign-language performances, an induction-loop system and accommodation for several wheelchairs as well as cheap tickets for anyone accompanying a disabled person. Lift access is available to all levels of the building.

The Little Theatre Guild of Great Britain seeks to look after the thousands of small theatre venues around the country. Also in Winchester can be found the Chesil Theatre, which is used by the Winchester Dramatic Society and is a fine example of how important theatre can be to the community. Six productions a year delight their audiences and workshops are held regularly for young people.

The splendid King`s Theatre in Southsea has seen a colourful past since it opened in 1907, having hosted everything from several works by Henry Irving to Ken Russell`s Pinball Wizard sequence from the rock opera Tommy. It has undergone extensive restoration, including repairs to its unusual roof structure and the construction of a second, smaller studio theatre. Although work is still continuing, the theatre has a great future going forward.

Chichester Festival Theatre exists as a registered charity and while it has a wide repertoire of different performance styles on offer, it is as well known for its educational enterprises, which it is estimated reach over 50,000 individuals of all ages each year. Its annual festival is famous throughout the country and sees up to 10 different and new productions on offer. The Festival Theatre is a grade 2* listed building and the challenges of retaining the original design while creating a 21st-century facility are enthusiastically embraced by the trustees.

The Corn Exchange in Newbury is housed in an old cinema right in the historic market place. A new arts centre which incorporates a gallery and studios for artists is a short distance away and offers a smaller venue for lectures and performances. The development of dance and theatre is at the forefront of the Corn Exchange`s ethos and a wide range of work from brand new plays to RSC productions thrill audiences.

All of these companies and buildings are an important part of the latest UK news about the theatre as they continue to thrive.
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