Summer’s highlights at city theatre

Looking a head at the Kings Theatre, Southsea summer season - Born In The Gardens is at the theatre on May 30-31.  Jonathan Parish and Katherine Senior
Looking a head at the Kings Theatre, Southsea summer season - Born In The Gardens is at the theatre on May 30-31. Jonathan Parish and Katherine Senior
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Summer is nearly here, and this year is a big celebration with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee just weeks away and the Olympics starting in July.

But it doesn’t mean there isn’t entertainment elsewhere, with theatres staying open for the summer season.

The Kings Theatre, Southsea is offering up a number of productions over the coming months, as well as opportunities for children and education activities.

On June 10 the theatre will be transformed into Little Italy as it showcases Italian food, wine and tourism, and screens the film, Life Is Beautiful.

From June 13-14 Portsmouth’s professional theatre company, New Apollo, will perform Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus.

The end of the month on June 24 will see The Daisy Chain Festival on Albert Road, with include performers, gardening workshops, children’s activities, music, street art and exhibitions.

Another festival the Kings will be taking part in is Portsmouth Festivities Great Expectations from June 22 until July 1 with Dickens on Film and four performances based on Dickens’ life and work.

There are a number of tribute and musical acts as well as theatre companies appearing at the theatre over the summer, such as the imPact Dance Festival on June 30 and Madd about Musicals on July 10.

Noches de Tango will be performed on July 24, closely followed by the classic Forces Sweethearts the following day.

In August, Barnady Rudge is being performed at the theatre. The adaption of the Dickens novel celebrates his bicentenary in the city and is set in the Gordon Riots of June 1780 – drawing parallels with the London riots of last year.

Reaching autumn local amateur dramatics groups will take to the stage as CCADS perform Tim Firth’s Calendar Girls, and the Portsmouth Players will perform Beauty and The Beast.

One of the most famous love stories of all time, Romeo and Juliet will be performed on September 19-20, while Grease Is The Word arrives at the theatre in from October 1-6.

After successful seasons in 2007 and 2008, Stage 2, the studio theatre, is returning to the Kings Theatre, Southsea from May 28 until June 2 and includes a number of productions, such as Born In The Gardens from May 30-31.

Sandra Smith, the group bookings and promotions manager for the Kings Theatre, says: ‘I think it’s literally got something for everybody. There’s all sorts, such as drama, musicals, films and the education schemes.

‘There’s lots of different entertainment and lots for the children. It’s a good all-round programme and I’m really, really proud of it.’

For more information on performances or tickets contact the Kings Theatre, Southsea on (023) 9282 8282 or go to