Performances galore for Portsmouth Festivities

The King's Singers are:''David Hurley (countertenor)'Timothy Wayne-Wright (countertenor)'Paul Phoenix (tenor)'Christopher Bruerton (baritone)'Christopher Gabbitas (baritone)'Jonathan Howard (bass)
The King's Singers are:''David Hurley (countertenor)'Timothy Wayne-Wright (countertenor)'Paul Phoenix (tenor)'Christopher Bruerton (baritone)'Christopher Gabbitas (baritone)'Jonathan Howard (bass)
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The WORLD premiere of Ahoy! Sing For The Mary Rose, a celebration of the opening of the Mary Rose Museum, is among a wide variety of performances planned for this year’s 14th Portsmouth Festivities.

The celebration of music, theatre, dance, art, literature and film, held in association with the New Theatre Royal. was due to be launched today.

From June 21-30, there will be more than 70 performances for families and children, with almost half of them free events.

The gala opening concert takes place on June 22 and features The King’s Singers.

The following day, Spice Island will be transformed into pop-up galleries where local artists can showcase their work.

Poets will perform on stage in unusual venues in the city on June 25, while children’s poet Michael Rosen will perform for schools audiences at the Kings Theatre on June 28.

Tom Gray, of the Mercury-prize winning band Gomez, will star in Longnose Puppets’ play Arthur’s Dream Boat at the David Russell Theatre on June 29.

The Festivities will also be working with the Portsmouth Dance Initiative, led by the New Theatre Royal, to present an exciting programme of dance events and workshops throughout the city.

To round off the celebrations, there will be a carnival which celebrates life on wheels on June 29, with guests invited to bring their bikes, blades, scoots and skates to Castle Fields.

Public booking opens on Friday, April 26. For more information, go to