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Address: Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BH5 1LX, England
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+44 1202 413600

Local theatre providing a mixture of professional, semi professional and...

Local theatre providing a mixture of professional, semi professional and local interest performance in a mixture of settings. Includes a studio space, bar and box office. Currently fundraising to fully restore the building and create modern facilities. Run as a not for profit charitable trust by volunteers. The theatre was built in 1870 by the famous Shelley family, intended to be the home of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein.

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Interesting venue run by volunteers. Unusual productions by local artists/theatre groups. The venue is in the process of a slow refurbishment - which adds to its charm. Only... read more

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47 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Interesting venue run by volunteers. Unusual productions by local artists/theatre groups. The venue is in the process of a slow refurbishment - which adds to its charm. Only downside is expensive drinks for what it is. Theatre also needs a back entrance as the only way in is at the front so latecomers and toilet visits disrupt the performance.

Thank olliebournemouth
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

We went to the Mayors charity comedy night. Good comedians and the compare was excellent. While we had drinks before hand Canapes were being offered and were delicious. A good night out.

Thank JGriffith13
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151 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

The high plaster moulding reliefs of the proscenium arch convey vividly the atmosphere of past glories: the rest of the theatre is still a work in progress, but the staff are both relaxed in manner and enthusiastic in their mission to preserve and enhance the building and perpetuate performance there. We enjoyed both a performance and interval drinks, appreciated the... More 

Thank obsSouthampton
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45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Been a couple of times to see a films and recently a folk concert as well as a local food fare earlier in the year. Using seats donated from the old IMAX the seats are comfortable but not enough leg room nor cup holders. There is a friendly atmosphere and a welcoming bar with reasonable prices. A great local venue... More 

Thank longbowGeorge
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

This "gem" of a small theatre, holding about 130, gives me such pleasure. Still in its infancy - about 3 years - it is relatively little known even by the locals. The theatre forms part of a very large building standing in lovely grounds stretching down to the cliff top. This was to be the home of the famous Mary... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Just returned from a wonderful evening at The Shelley Theatre in Boscombe Manor, we enjoyed cheese and wine whilst being entertained by the ensemble Musique a Trois. We loved the whole set up at The Shelley with its lovely team giving everybody a warm welcome, different performance areas and its sense of developing into a venue which is on the... More 

Thank nibor2016
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 November 2016

An interesting venue which is being renovated. Run by a team of volunteers it is an interesting building in which the team present some fascinating shows. Some are straightforward productions others are interactive, but no "pressure" to take part if you prefer not to.

Thank Richard E
South of England
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71 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

I was invited to come along to watch a short film created by the Bournemouth University and was really pleased I made the effort. I had no idea this theatre existed within a much larger building. It is a fascinating historical place, quite comfortable and if you have the oportunity to enjoy an event there, I recommend it.

Thank anji_7
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

We visit the Theatre to see a viewing of film/documentary on Greenpeace founders. It was very good and the Theatre was packed. It is run by volunteers and is just finishing off the refurb. It is trendy and buzzy - a good night out.

Thank Susan C
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Lovely little theater, with a range of shows running throughout the year. It's entirely staffed by volunteers. It's a very intimate setting which adds to the experience. Prices are really good value too, and you can have a drink or a tub of ice-cream in the bar during the interval.

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