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.

Event times

There are 47 events at this location

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The Australian Pink Floyd Show

Probably the best known and certainly one of the longest running Floyd tributes, supposedly counting members of the real band among its fans.

Tue 24 Oct

£29.50–£39.50 / 023 9282 4355

Be Your Best Rock Challenge

A performing arts competition for students.

Mon 27 Feb

Tue 28 Feb

Wed 1 Mar

…and 7 more dates until 29 Apr

Beating Heart 2017

Pop-rock outfit The Hoosiers, headline this five-stage music showcase, raising funds for Cash for Kids and Portsmouth Cultural Trust.

Sat 18 Mar

£8.50 / 023 9282 4355

Big Girls Don't Cry

Oh what a night you'll have at this tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, with all the hits from 'Sherry' to 'Grease is the Word'.

Sat 28 Oct

£25 / 023 9282 4355

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: 1905

The ensemble perform Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No 2 and Shostakovich Symphony No 8. Conducted by Kirill Karabits with Valeriy Sokolov on violin.

Thu 23 Feb

£14.35–£28.47 / 023 9282 4355

Thu 9 Mar

£14.35–£28.47 / 023 9282 4355

Thu 23 Mar

£14.35–£28.47 / 023 9282 4355

Fri 7 Apr

£14.35–£28.47 / 023 9282 4355

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Heroes And Legends

The orchestra performs a selection of popular television and film themes by composers including Elmer Bernstein, Hans Zimmer, Maurice Jarre, Miklos Rozsa, James Horner, Erich Korngold, Alexandre Desplat, Tan Dun and John Williams.

Thu 9 Mar

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Out Of Dresden

Kirill Karabits conducts the orchestra, with cellist Steven Isserlis, for Wagner's Lohengrin: Prelude To Act I, Schumann's Cello Concerto, Wagner's Lohengrin: Prelude To Act III and Schumann's Symphony No 3 'Rhenish'.

Thu 23 Feb

£16–£31.25 / 023 9282 4355

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Rococo And Revolution

Kirill Karabits conducts the orchestra for Schubert's Symphony No 8, Unfinished, Tchaikovsky's Variations On A Rococo Theme and Mendelssohn's Symphony No 5, Reformation.

Fri 7 Apr

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Song And Dance

The orchestra is joined by Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin, for Adams's The Chairman Dances, Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 4, Bernstein's West Side Story: Symphonic Suite and Gershwin Porgy & Bess's A Symphonic Picture.

Thu 23 Mar

£16–£31.25 / 023 9282 4355

Brit Floyd

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

Wed 22 Feb

£24.50–£29.50 / 023 9282 4355

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Chris Ramsey: Is That Chris Ramsey?

Upbeat anecdotes, feelgood humour and witty observations from Ramsey.

Thu 13 Apr

Dr Hook

Dennis Locorriere brings his incarnation of Dr Hook to town.

Sat 7 Oct

£28–£32 / 023 9282 4355

Gino D'Acampo: Gino's Italian Escape

The TV chef signs copies of his latest book.

Wed 10 May

Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast

The enormously tall and slightly manic-eyed comedian you'll know from many a telly panel show and from his terrifying turn as the head of sixth form in The Inbetweeners, Davies returns with a new show of stand-up to follow the likes of Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog and The Back of my Mum's Head.

Fri 29 Sep

Sat 30 Sep

Guildhall Market

A sale of local produce and products.

Mon 20 Feb


Prices vary / 023 9282 4355

Tue 21 Feb


Prices vary / 023 9282 4355

Wed 22 Feb


Prices vary / 023 9282 4355

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The Hoosiers

Perky quirky indie pop trio from London town.

Sat 18 Mar

£8.50 / 023 9282 4355

Idina Menzel

Star of Glee, Broadway musical Wicked and Disney's Frozen Idina Menzel performs a programme of musical theatre and pop music (including the ubiquitous 'Let It Go').

Fri 16 Jun

£35–£85 / 023 9282 4355

John Bishop: Winging It

Observational humour from the multi-award winning Liverpudlian stand-up.

Tue 5 Dec

£35–£39.50 / 023 9282 4355

Wed 6 Dec

£35–£39.50 / 023 9282 4355

Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Jools and his band play classic boogie woogie and rock'n'roll tunes for your merriment. Featuring guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.

Sat 11 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 023 9282 4355

With Guest Vocalist: Jose Feliciano. Also Featuring: Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall & Beth Rowley.

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The King Is Back

Elvis tribute from Ben Portsmouth.

Sat 19 May 2018

£24.50–£29.50 / 023 9282 4355

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

Guest acts take to the stage.

Sat 11 Mar

£20.55; £17.25 adv / 023 9282 4355

Guest acts take to the stage for a night of laughter.

Sat 15 Apr

£20.55; £17.25 adv / 023 9282 4355

Guest acts take to the stage for a night of laughter.

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

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

Sat 11 Mar

Sat 15 Apr

Lawson Piano Trio

The trio of pianist Annabelle Lawson, cellist Rebecca Knight and violinist Clara Biss, performs Haydn's Piano Trio In E-Flat, Rebecca Clarke's Piano Trio, Bridge's Three Miniatures, Hornpipe, Valse Russe, and Saltarello and Shostakovich's Piano Trio No 2 In E Minor.

Mon 20 Feb

£15 / 023 9282 4355

Live On Mars - a Tribute To David Bowie

A bold new stage production celebrating iconic pop hero David Bowie; his music, artistry, style and showmanship… Influenced by Bowie’s legendary concert performances, ***Live on Mars*** fuses sound and vision to portray the essence of Bowie, his alter egos and creative muses, with elements of mime, dance, and stunning…

Wed 31 May

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The Magic of Motown

Tribute to the sweet soul sounds of Motown starring the supremely-talented Magic of Motown band, with hits made famous by the Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves and more.

Sat 2 Dec

£27 / 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 25 Mar

£32.50–£37.50 / 023 9282 4355

Milton Jones is Out There

Absurd one-liners from telly regular Jones.

Sat 25 Nov

£26 / 023 9282 4355

A Night of Dirty Dancing

A song and dance show featuring a number of performers showcasing well-known tunes including 'Do You Love Me', 'Big Girls Don't Cry' and 'I've Had The Time Of My Life'.

Thu 14 Sep

£20–£25 / 023 9282 4355

Paul Rodgers

The owner of the best-trimmed beard in hard rock brings his white vest and leather-lunged yelp to the SECC.

Thu 25 May

£260 / 023 9282 4355

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Piatti Quartet With Krzysztof Chorzelski

The violist joins the ensemble for Turina's The Bullfighter's Prayer, Dvorak's String Quintet E Flat, American and Beethoven's String Quartet In B Flat.

Mon 13 Mar

£17 (£15) / 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 12 May

£10.50 / 023 9282 4355

Thu 23 Feb

£3 / 023 9282 4355

Matthew Dixon plays the Guildhall's grand organ.

Portsmouth Schools' Music Festival

Four nights of musical performances by pupils aged 5-20, from schools and colleges across the city, including choirs, musical ensembles and dance performances.

Fri 30 Jun

£6.50–£12.50 / 023 9282 4355

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Portsmouth Tattoo Convention

A chance to get your ink on as the Portsmouth Tattoo convention plays host to over 60 working tattoo artists from across the world as well as UK talent. There is traditional hand tattooing, live bands, competitions, entertainment and the Miss Tattooed Portsmouth contest.

Sat 29 Jul

Times & prices vary / 023 9282 4355

Sun 30 Jul

Times & prices vary / 023 9282 4355


Chrissie Hynde fronts the British-American collective who formed in Hereford in 1978 as they perform their iconic punk-rock originals, including I'll Stand by You.

Sat 14 Oct

£40 / 023 9282 4355

Purple Rain

A live celebration of the life, legacy and music of Prince.

Tue 14 Nov

£22.50 / 023 9282 4355

Remembering Fred

A tribute to Fred Astaire.

Fri 26 May

£19.50–£35 / 023 9282 4355

Revolution Pro Wrestling

Wrestling evening.

Fri 24 Feb

£14.30 (Children £11) / 023 9282 4355

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Rick Astley

The white soul boy who was a key player in the Stock, Aitken & Waterman stable in the late 80s and is now enjoying a comeback.

Thu 6 Apr

£22.50–£35 / 023 9282 4355

Russell Brand: Re:Birth

The controversial stand-up embarks on his latest tour, inspired by the birth of daughter.

Tue 19 Sep

£27.50 / 023 9282 4355

Shakin' Stevens

The eighties' singer with the famous hips performs his past hits to celebrate the anniversary of 30 years since the release of his first hit in the UK. In 1980 the singer released Hot Dog after years of touring and recording Stevens got his big break. His success in the eighties continued with the release of Marie Marie…

Sun 14 May

£39.25 / 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.

Fri 12 Jan 2018

£20–£22 / 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.

Mon 8 May

£27.50–£29.50 / 023 9282 4355

Trio Apaches

The three-piece of violinist Matthew Trusler, cellist Thomas Carroll and pianist Ashley Wass, performs Beethoven Piano Trio In D, No 1, The Ghost, Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 2 In C Minor and Ravel's Piano Trio In A Minor.

Mon 24 Apr

£15.28 / 023 9282 4355

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