The Guildhall

The Guildhall
Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2AB
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The Guildhall

Portsmouth's fine neo-classical Guildhall was completed in 1890, but during WWII it was gutted by bombing and the subsequent restoration saw it lose its original dome and exterior decoration; it's still imposing but now has a curiously chopped-off look. It's one of the biggest event venues in the south-west, hosting art exhibitions, live music, festivals, theatre, magic shows, stand-up comedy, dance and conferences, with the main hall having a standing capacity of 2,500. It's also available as a spectacular wedding venue.

Portsmouth & Southsea station is adjacent to the hall, and it's served by the 7 and 19 bus routes.

Events at this venue

There are 45 events at this location

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Ant Middleton

An evening with the soldier, adventurer and star of C4's SAS: Who Dares Wins.

Mon 15 Apr 2019

£33.42–£39.87 / 023 9282 4355

An Audience with Simon Reeve

The journalist sets out on his first-ever tour to discuss the many fascinating adventures he has undertaken.

Wed 6 Nov 2019

£25 / 023 9282 4355

The BBC Big Band With Claire Martin

A celebration of the rise of Big Band and Dance Band music in the UK. Including a selection of favourites from the days of the BBC Dance Orchestra under the batons of Jack Payne and Henry Hall through to the music of band leaders including Jack Hylton, Harry Roy, Bert Ambrose, Geraldo, Ted Heath, John Dankworth, Joe Loss…

Sun 24 Feb 2019

£23.44–£25.22 / 023 9282 4355

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

  • Written by: Haydn

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1893, has a remit to serve the south and southwest of England, and in 2014 was voted the winner in Bachtrack's World's Favourite Orchestra poll.

Thu 20 Dec

£14.55–£28.18 / 023 9282 4355

Thu 24 Jan 2019

£14.55–£28.18 / 023 9282 4355

Fri 8 Feb 2019

£14.55–£28.18 / 023 9282 4355

…and 5 more dates until 9 May 2019

Brit Floyd

Not to be confused with the Australian Pink Floyd Show, no sirree. These guys are British. But in other ways, quite similar.

Tue 12 Mar 2019

£38.25 / 023 9282 4355

Brydon, Mack and Mitchell: Town to Town

Comedians Rob Brydon, Lee Mack and David Mitchell (stars of BBC TV's Would I Lie to You?) on tour together.

Fri 13 Sep 2019

£46.05 / 023 9282 4355

Sat 14 Sep 2019

£46.05 / 023 9282 4355

Sun 15 Sep 2019

£46.05 / 023 9282 4355

A Country Night in Nashville

The ultimate celebration of country music.

Sat 22 Jun 2019

£25 / 023 9282 4355

Daniel O'Donnell

The man with a thousand jumpers performs a selection of classic hits from his astonishingly successful easy listening records.

Sat 30 Mar 2019

£32.50–£40 / 023 9282 4355

Fastlove: A Tribute to George Michael

An affectionate celebration of the life and music of George Michael including his early days with Wham!.

Sat 6 Apr 2019

£29.85 / 023 9282 4355

Hello Again: The Story Of Neil Diamond

Brooklyn Creed & The Salvation Band recreate the story of the American singer-songwriter.

Thu 19 Sep 2019

£23–£24 / 023 9282 4355

Henning Wehn: Get On With It

Observations from the German comedian.

Fri 25 Oct 2019

£18.08–£20.76 / 023 9282 4355

Jason Manford: Muddle Class

The comedian and actor – who formerly presented BBC's The One Show and was a team captain on hit Channel 4 panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats – returns to stand-up with his new show, Muddle Class.

Wed 6 Mar 2019

£27.50 / 023 9282 4355

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

Acerbic wit and dark, deadpan one-liners from familiar telly face Carr.

Wed 27 Nov 2019

£29.50 / 023 9282 4355

Fri 15 May 2020

£29.50 / 023 9282 4355

The Johnny Cash Roadshow

Cash tribute from singer-songwriter Clive John.

Fri 24 May 2019

£21–£23 / 023 9282 4355

Kevin Bloody Wilson

Australia's cult comedy king performs his too-crude-for-TV songs.

Fri 1 Nov 2019

£29.50 / 023 9282 4355

The King is Back

Elvis tribute from Ben Portsmouth.

Sat 18 May 2019

£25.50–£30.50 / 023 9282 4355

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

Live material from famous faces from TV panel shows and other comedy roadshows.

Mon 31 Dec

£19.40–£32.57 / 023 9282 4355

Sat 12 Jan 2019

£19.40–£32.57 / 023 9282 4355

Sat 9 Feb 2019

£19.40–£32.57 / 023 9282 4355

…and 3 more dates until 11 May 2019

Led Zeppelin Masters

Vocalist Vince Contarino and the 35-piece The Black Dog Orchestra perform Led Zeppelin hits.

Wed 10 Apr 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 023 9282 4355

Los Pacaminos

Tex-Mex and Americana music, with none other than Paul Young (yes, that one) on vocals.

Fri 25 Jan 2019

£22 / 023 9282 4355

Love Actually

Watch Love Actually on the big screen with a full orchestra performing the score live.

Sat 29 Dec

£22.50–£32 / 023 9282 4355

Sun 30 Dec

£22.50–£32 / 023 9282 4355

Marillion

The 80s prog rockers, now fronted by Steve Hogarth.

Thu 7 Nov 2019

£50.13 / 023 9282 4355

Michael Ball Coming Home To You Tour

The singer and perfomer takes the stage in support of his new album.

Fri 17 May 2019

£40–£60 / 023 9282 4355

Mike & the Mechanics

Mike Rutherford's MOR crew return with a new vocalist in tow – Andrew Roachford of 'Cuddly Toy' fame. The band perform from tracks from their extensive back catalogue including 'The Living Years’, 'Word Of Mouth' and 'Another Cup of Coffee'.

Sat 30 Mar 2019

£47.50 / 023 9282 4355

Milton Glee Choir

The Milton Glee Club now has more than 100 members, performing classical and easy listening works.

Sun 16 Dec

£6.50–£14.55 / 023 9282 4355

Portsmouth Beer Festival

Sample a variety of craft beers, cask ales and ciders from local and national breweries, accompanied by music from local bands.

Fri 21 Dec

£10 / 023 9282 4355

Sat 22 Dec

£10 / 023 9282 4355

Prosecco & Fizz Festival

A celebration of prosecco and fizz, featuring over 20 kinds of wine as well as pizza and Italian street food.

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 023 9282 4355

Remembering the Movies

Strictly dancers Aljaž Škorjanec and Janette Manrara pay tribute to the classic movies with a series of dance routines inspires by film.

Sun 14 Apr 2019

£44.56–£50.31 / 023 9282 4355

Rhod Gilbert: The Book of John

Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert returns to comedy after a six year hiatus and discusses the unfortunate turns his life has taken since the last time he was on stage.

Sun 16 Jun 2019

£27.50 / 023 9282 4355

Richard Ashcroft

Ex-Verve frontman touring in support of new album These People.

Fri 19 Apr 2019

£37.12–£53.62 / 023 9282 4355

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

The Mick Fleetwood-approved tribute act who cover the gamut of Mac material from the Peter Green era to the Buckingham/Nicks days.

Fri 10 May 2019

£24.50–£34.50 / 023 9282 4355

The Script

Mainstream indie pop in the vein of Snow Patrol and Maroon 5 from The Voice judge Danny O'Donogue.

Thu 28 Mar 2019

£44.70–£46.50 / 023 9282 4355

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

With a backdrop of projected photos and original film footage a full live band perform Simon & Garfunkel hits including 'Mrs Robinson', 'Cecilia', 'Homeward Bound' and many more. The story takes you through the stories that shaped their music, the dramatic split, their solo careers and a recreation of the 1982 Central…

Thu 26 Sep 2019

£21–£23 / 023 9282 4355

Sixties Gold: 50th Anniversary Show

Stars of the most swingin' decade of them all perform their golden hits. Featuring Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Searchers, PJ Proby, The Fortunes and Brian Poole & Chip Hawkes.

Thu 14 Nov 2019

£35 / 023 9282 4355

Sleeping Beauty

Petipa’s classic ballet features a world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells, to glorious music by Tchaikovsky.

Thu 27 Dec

£20 / 023 9282 4355

Fri 28 Dec

£20 / 023 9282 4355

South Coast Comedian of the Year

Local comedy competition.

Wed 6 Feb 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 023 9282 4355

Wed 20 Feb 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 023 9282 4355

Wed 13 Mar 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 023 9282 4355

…and 8 more dates until 13 Jun 2019

The Specials

The legendary 2 Tone and ska revival band, famous for hits such as Too Much Too Young and Ghost Town, still going strong with a career spanning over 40 years.

Tue 16 Apr 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 023 9282 4355

Steve Hackett

The one-time Genesis guitarist revisits his time in the band with new versions of songs he co-wrote from the period 1971–1977.

Wed 13 Nov 2019

£46.75 / 023 9282 4355

Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals

The professional dancers from the BBC programme perform.

Tue 21 May 2019

£35–£45 / 023 9282 4355

Thriller Live

  • Directed by: Gary Lloyd, John Maher (musical director)
  • Written by: Adrian Grant (adapt)

A celebration of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 featuring top hits and some stunning multi-media razzmatazz.

Sat 29 Dec

£26.68–£38.13 / 023 9282 4355

Sun 30 Dec

£26.68–£38.13 / 023 9282 4355

Tim Minchin

The beautiful and hilarious piano man of comedy returns to make us all fun in love with him and his wonky, pretty/dirty perspective on the world.

Sat 2 Nov 2019

£39.50 / 023 9282 4355

Travis

Scotpop heroes playing their classic album The Man Who.

Wed 12 Dec

£44.55–£46.35 / 023 9282 4355

Ub40 - 40th Anniversary Tour "for the Many" (guildhall, Portsmouth)

Birmingham’s world-famous reggae stars UB40 have announced a massive tour next year in 2019 to celebrate their 40th anniversary! Featuring UB40’s five founding members Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, Jimmy Brown, Earl Falconer and Norman Hassan, and long-time members Duncan Campbell, Martin Meredith, Lawrence Parry and…

Fri 29 Mar 2019

£44.33–£50.05 / 023 9282 4355

UB40

Reggae journeymen still slogging round the touring circuit, but now with a reduced line-up

Fri 29 Mar 2019

£37.50–£42.50 / 023 9282 4355

UB40 + Special Guests 40th Anniversary

Birmingham’s world-famous reggae stars UB40 have announced a massive hometown show in Birmingham this December!

Fri 29 Mar 2019

£39.50–£42.25 / 023 9282 4355

What's Love Got To Do With It?

Cabaret as Australian actor/singer/songwriter Ruth Katerelos takes the audience on a musical journey through various states of love with Monique Kenny on guitar.

Wed 27 Mar 2019

£25.22 / 023 9282 4355

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