Theatre

theatre

This beautiful Victorian theatre, also known as ‘Entertainment Hall’, was built in 1879. The architect was Rowland Plumbe (1838-1919).  In those days it was used as an entertainment centre and a church. Every thursday evening it was concert time where residents and staff were able to perform. The Christmas pantomime was written by the langdon Downs and was a great success.
We always celebrated Christmas at the theatre, which was organized by the day centre staff.

In 2003-2005 the Textile Conservation Centre at the Winchester School of Arts carried out the restoration of the stage mechanisms and painted canvas scenery. Nowadays the theatre holds many events such as operas, choir concerts and drama productions. The theatre can also be hired for meetings, conferences and private functions.

On occasions you may see this theatre on television in programmes like Agatha Christie’s Poirot.