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.

ABOUT US

VICTORIAN ERA

The Shelley Theatre is the oldest surviving theatre in Bournemouth. It was originally built in 1866 as a private theatre in the home of Sir Percy Florence Shelley - son of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and novelist Mary Shelley.It quickly became central to the local arts scene, with Robert Louis Stevenson and Henry Irving among those who trod the boards there!

Shelley Theatre

2014

The Shelley Theatre Trust formed in 2014 with a vision to restore the seriously dilapidated building, and create in it an Arts centre with a full programme of performance and activities for the local community. Through this we aim to preserve the remarkable heritage of our theatre, and uphold its legacy as a cultural hub in the Boscombe community.

PRESENT DAY

We now present a full year-round programme of entertainment in two performance spaces, including plays; musical theatre; dance; children’s theatre; stand-up comedy; films; concerts and live music gigs. 

We are in the process of renovating the building as funding allows. When you first step in, you’ll see the exposed brickwork where the plaster has fallen off, but look a little deeper and the magic within the place begins to reveal itself, the incredible character and history in every corner….pay us a visit and find out for yourself!