The curtain is finally set to rise on a new era at the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth.
Tickets for the city centre theatre’s opening shows are now on sale following a refurbishment project costing more than £4.5m to restore it to its former glory and bring it into the 21st century.
The first show at the venue in four years will be a glamorous new adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age classic, The Great Gatsby from the nationally- acclaimed Blackeyed Theatre on October 15.
Much-loved US comedian Ruby Wax is also due to grace the stage on November 24 with her latest show Sane New World.
Sheena Hulme, operations director at the theatre, said: ‘This is just the start of an exciting new programme of events that will give audiences a taster of what is to come next year when we launch our full spring/summer programme.
‘This will include world-class professional drama, dance, music, comedy and children’s performances and events – there will be something for everyone to enjoy.’
The theatre can now hold 700 and has had extensive work carried out to restore the stage, fly-tower and backstage area, while also improving accessibility to the theatre.
The rebuild also brings with it new café and bar areas as well as a new studio space, a legacy to Antony Minghella, who studied in Portsmouth and went on to have a 30-year career as a director, producer and actor.
Caroline Sharman, the theatre’s CEO, added: ‘The revival of New Theatre Royal is about much more than the restoration of the beloved, historic building – it is about supporting the creation of jobs, driving traffic to local businesses and developing a new state-of-the art space for the community to enjoy.’
Tickets for both shows start from £20, available online at newtheatreroyal.com or from the box office on (023) 9264 9000.
This is just the start of an exciting new programme of events that will give audiences a taster of what is to come next year when we launch our full spring/summer programmeSheena Hulme, operations director at The New Theatre Royal