Over the weekend of 1st/2nd and 7th/8th of March 2019, The Big Portsmouth Comedy Festival returns with an even bigger lineup of renowned comedians. Performances include absurdist genius Milton Jones, and one of the finest female comics at work Jo Caulfield.
Taking place this year on 4th and 5th May, Portsmouth Comic Con returns and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Last year’s inaugural event was an resounding success and the event saw thousands of attendees enjoying the best of comic, film, TV, and pop culture entertainment on the south coast.
Portsmouth’s annual festival is scheduled for the 14th to the 23rd of June 2019. Expect all the usual top music, comedy, arts, and unique events that have made this Festival so special, and a must for visitors and locals to the city.
The weekend of 10th and 11th August will see the skies above Southsea Common filled with colourful kites in a range of shapes and sizes. The Portsmouth International Kite Festival is a free event, organised by Portsmouth City Council and The Kite Society of Great Britain.
The newly named Dickens Christmas Festival will return to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard between the weekend of 29th November to 1st December 2019.
Join Groundlings Theatre as Miss Hope Springs plays the piano and sings uniquely catchy songs from her all-original vintage Vegas style repertoire and recounts scandalous stories from her 'Ritz to the pits’ showbiz life in this acclaimed ‘laugh out loud-move you to tears’ show
Taking place on Saturday 2nd February 2019, Guildhall Games Fest will be your one stop event for all things gaming and celebrates more than 40 years of gaming, from Pong and Pac Man to Mario and Minecraft, with an unbeatable selection of board games and retro games consoles on hand.
This popular event takes place on 30th January 2019. The event is free but very popular so booking your place early is advised. Enjoy an evening of astronomy, stargazing, space activities, cosmology chat and talks at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Portsmouth’s Groundlings Theatre presents Shivers: Stories from the Book of Darkness and Light by Adam Z Robinson. A trio of delightfully thrilling new ghost stories, set to the haunting sounds of the violin.
When police officer Asger Holm is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly. Asger, confined to the police station, is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear. The search to find the missing woman and her assailant will take every bit of his intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him. This innovative and unrelenting Danish thriller uses a single location to great effect, ratcheting up the tension as twists pile up and secrets are revealed. Director Gustav Möller expertly frames the increasingly messy proceedings against the clean Scandinavian sterility of the police department, while Cedergren’s strong performance anchors the film and places the audience squarely in Holm’s tragically flawed yet well-intentioned mindspace.
A modern fresh Pantomime that cleverly keeps key traditional elements. The main cast of seasoned professional performers will be supported by a chorus made from some super talented young people from Portsmouth and Hampshire.
Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood features a mixture of upbeat chart rock n pop music and will leave you dancing in your seat. There will be opportunities in the show for audience participation and of course the song sheet where some lucky children will be invited up on to the stage to assist the cast in return for a goody bag.
We are providing families in Portsmouth with a professional fun theatre experience at an affordable and spreading the magic of Pantomime!"
All is not well in Nottingham! The wicked Sheriff is growing rich on the taxes he is forcing the poor to pay. His niece and nephew, the Babes, have been entrusted into his care whilst their father King Richard is off fighting in the crusades. But the Babes are in danger, the Sheriff is busy plotting with his henchman against them and trying to convince Maid Marion to marry him.
All that stands in his way is our hero, the outlaw Robin Hood and his friends. The fearless Maid Marion who helps Nurse Sally look after the Babes and the Forest Fairy are always there to lend a hand. Can they stop the Sheriff?
Join us for a fantastic family pantomime brought to you by Curtain Call, the team behind Portsmouth’s newest pantomime. Don’t miss the magic of the Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, get your tickets now and join us for a pantomime full of upbeat music, audience participation and laughter!
Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood
Pyramids Plaza, Portsmouth
26 – 31 December 2018
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All Clara wants is a key – one that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread leads her into a strange and mysterious parallel world. There Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip, and together they must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, to retrieve Clara's key and return harmony to the unstable world.
Singers Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly (Dean Jagger), the boys' commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties; his quaint country inn is failing. So what's the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that's sure to put Waverly and his business in the black!
Join No.6 Cinema this festive season for a showing of the hotly anticipated 2018 version of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch starting Benedict Cumberbatch.
For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Funny, heart-warming and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism.
From Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”) comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. “Widows” is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar® winner Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. “Widows” also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry.
After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them…
A drama based on events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where British forces fired on a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter's Field in Manchester.
The notorious massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of 60,000 that had to demand political reform. The forces killed an estimated 18 protestors and injured hundreds, sparking outcry but also further government crackdowns.
This was a defining moment in radical British history which also played a significant role in the founding of the UK's leftwing broadsheet newspaper The Guardian.
"There has never been a feature film about the Peterloo Massacre. The universal significance of this historic event becomes ever more relevant in our own turbulent times." Mike Leigh
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2018 - Masters
Jurassic Park’s 25th Anniversary in Concert at Portsmouth Guildhall
The Portsmouth Music Experience gallery not only features spectacular touring exhibitions, but visitors are also able to enjoy rooms that reflect on Portsmouth music and the history of the Guildhall, and how this all fits into a wider historical context.