As the current uncertainty due to the Covid-19 pandemic continues, we are sad to announce that the Shelley Theatre will remain closed until at least January.

We are working with our performers to reschedule events wherever possible. In the meantime, we would like to reassure you that we are contacting all affected ticket holders directly, and we do ask for your patience as we work through this.

We continue to monitor the situation very closely, and if it is necessary to extend our period of closure then we will not hesitate to do so. As always, the health of our staff, volunteers and patrons is our highest priority.

The Shelley Theatre is determined to survive these challenging times. We would like to thank you all for the truly heart-warming support you have shown us, and we look forward to welcoming you back when we re-open.


Be part of our story!

Thank you for your interest in donating to The Shelley Theatre.  A lot has changed since we first opened our doors to the public ten years ago - we’ve welcomed an estimated 85,000 people into the building, and played host to around 750 different productions.

As a Registered Charity we receive no external funding, and rely on support of our audiences, friends and individuals. One-off donations make a huge difference to the work we do, and every single penny is welcome.

All monies donated to the Shelley Theatre Trust are invested in the ongoing restoration of the building, and to support our growing programme of events throughout the year. At present we are raising money to recover the seats in our main theatre seats (originally donated to us by the Imax in Bournemouth).

Ways to donate:

Add a donation when booking tickets to one of our shows.

Online on our justgiving page -

By cheque – made payable to Shelley Theatre Trust.

Bank Transfer – please ask in the Box Office for details.

By restoring this extraordinary building, we aim to create an arts venue which can be enjoyed by the local community for generations to come. Everyone can make a difference however large or small. Your support is invaluable, and we are truly grateful.