Shanklin Theatre
Shanklin Theatre
4.5
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Shanklin Theatre is an all year round 615 seat venue providing top entertainment for all tastes. There are regular shows with household names from Comedy and Music, and for 2022 we are hosting professional touring plays featuring familiar TV faces. Over the Christmas period we present our annual traditional Pantomime. During the summer season, we are always proud to host our ever popular summer stage show “Beyond the West End”. This professional production is performed by Spotlight (IOW) Ltd, an Island-based company who have been providing top quality professional entertainment for the last nineteen years, the Best of the West End show runs from May through to the October 2022. Here is just a small selection of the varied shows and artists coming to Shanklin Theatre in the very near future: Dom Joly, Reginald D Hunter, Al Murray, Alistair McGowan, Collabro, Henning Wehn, Showaddywaddy, Jason Manford, Albert Lee, Marti Pellow, Leo Sayer, Pam Aryes, The Story of the Guitar Heroes.
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2-3 hours
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Keith n Elaine J
Lorca, Spain29 contributions
May 2022
This was musical theatre at it's best! A beautiful building and wonderful performers. 'Beyond The West End' was so engaging and the players and band were outstanding. Can't recommend this show highly enough - if you're having a cheeky break on the island, try and keep the Thursday evening free and book for this weekly show - an absolute treat. Hey, and we're not really theatre go-ers! Such a nice addition to our short break on IOW.
Written May 23, 2022
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Peter E
1 contribution
Jun 2022
Saw Best of the West End on Thursday, 23rd June. As always a first rate production, full of energy and enthusiasm. We always visit the summer show when on the Island and recommend it to other holidaymakers. The dancing has improved greatly over recent years and the singing is excellent. Long may the company and volunteers at the Shanklin Theatre continue to entertain us
Written June 25, 2022
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Hazel T
2 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Friendly, staff, 2nd show we have seen here, both were excellent. Tonight was Beyond the West End and we came out feeling thoroughly entertained. Not the usual show songs but a great mix of music, humour and dance. As we left all I could hear was praise for the performance. Well done.
Written May 26, 2022
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Alison K
Sandown, UK9 contributions
Aug 2022
Be very careful when you book tickets for Shanklin Theatre and ensure that you don't have Covid in advance!!!

We had tickets for "Calling Planet Earth" on Friday 26th August. I was unwell and unable to attend. Upon calling the Box Office after the event, I was told that there will be no refund or even the option to transfer the tickets to another show!

I am extremely disappointed and now nearly £50 out-of-pocket.
Written September 1, 2022
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DAVID C
Isle of Wight, UK86 contributions
Aug 2022
Went to Beyond the West End. Full house. Company were hard working and versatile. Only fly in the ointment is the poor sound reproduction at high volume. I do not know if it is the sound equipment or the acoustics of the building, but some of the high volume stuff was earsplitting. That aside, it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and many thanks to the volunteers who made it possible.
Written August 15, 2022
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Judy G
36 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Wonderful to be back at a small live music event after all these uncertain months. This fantastic little theatre is run by an enthusiastic team of" young pensioners "who were welcoming and charming. The tribute band were absolutely brilliant and it was a shame that the theatre was only two thirds full. Maybe more publicity for shows would help? We only came across an advert by chance the day before. Will definitely return again.
Written August 26, 2021
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nitwit105
Crewe, UK73 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Optional Organised trip by Alfa Travel while on holiday in Shanklin. What a lovely theatre. Comfy seats with plenty of leg room. We saw the production Beyond the West End featuring songs and dances from various musical. A really enjoyable evening of great entertainment.
Written May 28, 2022
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Jevon K
2 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
I watched ‘Spotlight presents’ Beauty & the Beast pantomime New Years Day ‘22 with my family and the production was ASOLUTELY AMAZING!! I can’t remember when I’ve been entertained so much for 2 hours. The cast and crew deserve much credit, lots of talent and a fresh take on an old story. I would imagine pulling this together can’t have been easy with all the challenges of the pandemic also. Lots of humour balanced well for adults and kids. Honestly cannot praise this enough!!
Shanklin Theatre itself as good facilities and good value for money.
Written January 1, 2022
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B1678
United Kingdom111 contributions
Sep 2021
Visited on Thursday 16th Sep to see the "Beyond The West End" show. It was roughly a 2 x 45 minute performance with a 15 minute break. The performers in the show are all brilliant singers and dancers. They have clearly rehearsed to the Nth degree as the professionalism is there for all to see. It is highly entertaining and very slick. There are solo and ensemble slots and the cast are ably backed up by a superb 3 piece backing band. The sound and lights are amazing which all adds to the ambience. I would highly recommend this show for a very enjoyable night out.
Written September 19, 2021
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fork_handles
Luton, UK1,853 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
Shanklin Theatre is run by a group of volunteers and is an excellent little place built in traditional style and with a true seaside heritage, one of only a handful of performance venues left on the Island. We saw the Island Savoyards perform ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ here which was an excellent production made all the better by two of our good friends playing in the pit orchestra for the performance. The performance was pretty much a sell out so it was great to be back in a busy theatre again. The front of house staff were all great and the theatre is in a good condition, with comfortable seats and good leg room.

The only slightly odd thing I thought was that the theatre bar sold quite a number of drinks, including soft drinks in glass bottles, despite there being prominent notices at the entrance doors that glass bottles should not be taken into the auditorium! You would think that for coke, lemonade etc they would sell these in cans, or from the fountain, as those drinks are commonly available in that form.

Overall a great visit and we would definitely return.
Written October 24, 2021
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