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The Kings Theatre

A Grade II* Listed Building in Southsea, City of Portsmouth

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Latitude: 50.787 / 50°47'13"N

Longitude: -1.0812 / 1°4'52"W

OS Eastings: 464865

OS Northings: 99006

OS Grid: SZ648990

Mapcode National: GBR VSL.TN

Mapcode Global: FRA 87M0.GLT

Entry Name: The Kings Theatre

Listing Date: 4 March 1976

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1386801

English Heritage Legacy ID: 474200

Location: Portsmouth, PO5

County: City of Portsmouth

Electoral Ward/Division: St Jude

Parish: Southsea

Built-Up Area: Portsmouth

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Southsea St Simon

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth

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Listing Text


PORTSMOUTH

SZ6498 ALBERT ROAD, Southsea
774-1/15/310 (South side)
04/03/76 Nos.24, 26 AND 28
and The Kings Theatre

II*

Theatre. 1907. By Frank Matcham. Stucco and red brick in
English bond. Welsh slated roofs.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys with 4 storeys to far left wing. On right
at junction with Exmouth Road is a hexagonal corner tower with
horizontal rusticated ground floor. At centre across splayed
corner is a 1-storey terracotta bowed open porch with Ionic
columns, entablature and parapet. Low pierced balustrade at
pavement. On each side 3 stone steps approach 2 pairs of
2-leaf doors each half-glazed with oval glazing bar and 2
lower moulded panels, overlight. On left and right faces of
the tower are two 8-pane fixed casements each set under flat
stuccoed arch with at higher level a keyed oculus, cornice and
fascia. At each corner of tower is an engaged giant Ionic
order pilaster running through first and second floors with
blocking to lower part of shaft. At first floor each side has
a bracketed sillband and fixed casement set within eared
architrave, flat arch with large keystone and open pediment.
At second floor each side has a frieze of three 6-pane
casements articulated by truncated Doric columns. Entablature
with bold cornice and parapet, steep octagonal pitched roof
with crowning timber cupola.
On left of tower facing Albert Road and right of tower facing
Exmouth Road is a recessed bay with one 8-pane casement set
under flat stuccoed arch. At higher level is a square 4-pane
casement with keystone and cornice. Stone balustrade recessed
behind which is a narrow 3-pane round-headed casement set
under stuccoed round arch with label, cornice and segmental
open pediment; cornice and parapet.
At far left of Albert Road elevation is a further entrance to
theatre with 3 pairs of half-glazed doors each 4-panes,
flanking Doric pilasters, fascia and broken pediment. Set
within apex of pediment is an oculus window with keystone,
small flanking casements with leaded lights each set under
flat stuccoed arch. Band cornice at first floor and a 12-pane
sash set within eared architrave, keystone and rusticated
jambs. Second floor has 5 small 4-pane casements each set
under flat stuccoed arch, steep pitched roof.
Between this end block and the tower are three 3-storey shops
with flat. Each has original shop front with on first floor
tripartite canted oriel with front sash and flanking narrow
sashes, slated hipped roof. On second floor 2 narrow sashes
each set under flat stuccoed arch, cornice and parapet.
Exmouth Road elevation from right of tower is in plain red
brick with stuccoed ground floor, pilasters and cornice along
three quarters of the length with cast-iron canopy. Along
front are 7 pairs of 2-leaf doors each with top leaded light
panel. Flanking the doors are 5 high level square casements
with leaded lights and on far right a wide and tall stage
scenery door set under brick segmental arch. On left between
third and fourth pilasters at first floor is a tripartite
mullioned canted oriel with three 6-pane fixed casements,
front casement radial glazed over mullion with leaded lights,
pediment. Flanking on first and second floors are various
sized casements each set within stuccoed architrave with
keystone.
INTERIOR: the auditorium achieves a maximum seating capacity
for the confined site with an ingeniously contrived series of
circulation areas. The original main entrance with the paybox
survives. The decoration of the auditorium with horseshoe
dress circle, upper circle and gallery is in a fairly
restrained Rococo style picked out in white and gold with
elaborate sculptural detail to the 2 tiers of boxes flanking
proscenium arch. Main ceiling has delicate plaster mouldings
and figures on an oval plan with Rococo lunette panels painted
with groups of amorini and putti. Main entrance foyer has
painted ceiling depicting a lady who may have been the
original owner.
(Lloyd DW: Buildings of Portsmouth and its Environs:
Portsmouth: 1974-: 111; Offord J: The Theatres of Portsmouth:
Horndean, Hants: 1983-: 63-65; Walker BM: Frank Matcham,
Theatre Architect: Belfast: 1980-).


Listing NGR: SU6596905445

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