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Shelley Theatre

Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BH5 1LX, England
+44 1202 413600
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Come Blow Your Horn

Excellent production of Come Blow Your Horn by Neil Simon. This theatre is a creative hot house... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
via mobile
An intimate little theatre and a great venue to be cherished by all

This theatre is intimate and cosy and gives the audience a close up view and a feeling of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Shelley Theatre is the theatre on the Bournemouth clifftop you probably never knew about. We are a 150 seated theatre and provide a variety of entertainment for all tastes. We have: comedy nights; film; live music; performance and dance. Come and see how we're bringing this historic building to life. The theatre was built in 1870 by the famous Shelley family, intended to be the home of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. Where are today our whole aim is to bring people and performance together. We also have the Shelley Cafe open during the week from Monday to Friday (10am to 3.30pm) so if it's using the Wi-Fi or catching up with friends and family, the doors are open for you. We look forward to seeing your soon.
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Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BH5 1LX, England
+44 1202 413600
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Excellent production of Come Blow Your Horn by Neil Simon. This theatre is a creative hot house where everyone is made to feel part of the journey and welcomed in. I have watched this community theatre grow and grow over the last 3 years and...More

1  Thank 873caroline
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This theatre is intimate and cosy and gives the audience a close up view and a feeling of involvement with the performers on stage.A diverse programme of performances ensures that there is always something for all tastes coming up in the near future. The volunteers...More

1  Thank Dorsetholiday
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Prizes for film related quiz questions pre event. lots of laughs for Naked Gun and other Leslie Nielson films Lots of laughs in the film. I especially enjoyed seeing James Spader. there was a super atmosphere in the theatre and the audience sang along to...More

Thank jacquiburtshears
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been regular visitors to the Shelley and love the variety of shows which are put on. Hi-lights for us are the DIrt in the Gate film nights, we've been to most of them since Evil Dead double bill. One of the only places in...More

Thank Jeffrey T
Reviewed 29 June 2017

So far my husband and I have been to a comedy evening and an musical evening with Earl Carpenter. Both events were brilliant and such good value. Each time we've enjoyed the bar beforehand. Really low price drinks (and good quality wine and presecco) and...More

1  Thank heslop_lc
Reviewed 26 June 2017

I'm now a regular visitor to this delightful theatre built by Sir Percy Florence Shelley and opened in 1870. It's quite intimate, seating only about 200, as it was intended, apparently, for avant-garde performances for small audiences. (You can read about the history of the...More

1  Thank Jean P
Reviewed 26 June 2017

I have been here a few times, and I am so impressed with what this building is being used for nowadays. So much work has been put into Shelley Theatre, it has charm, is full of history and has a lovely vibe. The mainly voluntary...More

Thank londonmisslondon
Reviewed 26 June 2017

A lovely little theatre, with history, a hidden jewel. Good productions; lovely people and all attendances help toward the restoration of this wonderful historic theatre. Find a production to suit you and go.

Thank Valerie M
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Lovely little theater with bags of character, great array of theater, film and music. Nice modern bar with good choice of drinks, tickets for show reasonably priced. Must visit. looking forward to returning.

Thank Rosecourage
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Located on the clifftop in Bournemouth, this old theatre is an absolute smashing place to visit. I went to an ongoing film night on a Saturday evening and loved every minute of it. Wide selection of beers that I could take into the main theatre,...More

1  Thank markiemasters
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5 March 2016|
Response from Matthew W | Property representative |
Hi, at present the bar is open when we have a performance on. It is possible to stay for a quiet drink whilst the first half of a show is on but the bar generally closes after films have started and sometimes after the start... More