Margate Live – Margate Winter Gardens and Theatre Royal Margate

    Margate Winter Gardens is Kent’s premier entertainment and hospitality venue and part of Margate Live.

    Hosting music events, comedy, variety shows and much more. The venue can also be hired for private functions such as wedding receptions and conferences/exhibitions.

    The venue itself was built in 1901 and has played host to some of the entertainment industries biggest names including The Beatles for 6 nights.

    Theatre Royal Margate

    The theatre dates from 1787 and was radically altered in 1874 by Jethro T. Robinson (father-in-law of Frank Matcham, the famous and prolific theatre architect who along with his two protégés are responsible for more than building 200 theatres before 1915).

    It is listed Grade II* and is sited within a conservation area.

    The Theatre Royal, sited at the northeast corner of Hawley Square, was part of the planned expansion of the small town and port of Margate during the mid-Georgian period. It was built to vie as a facility for the entertainment of the upper classes with the Assembly Rooms, Cecil Square (1770s), and the Circulating Library, Hawley Square (1786), both now demolished.

    The 1874 conversion marks the transition of the theatre from a Georgian boxed Playhouse into a Victorian Theatre. The stage was shortened and a second-floor ‘gallery’ level added to the expanded auditorium.

    As well as welcoming some of the greatest acting ‘stars’ of the Victorian era, the theatre was the site of the first drama school in the country, the School of Acting opened by Sarah Thorne in 1885, and attended by a young Edward Gordon Craig, who went on to become the undisputed father of modern theatre design and was arguably the most important theatre practitioner to come out of Britain since Shakespeare.

    Upcoming Shows at Margate Winter Gardens

    Jimmy Carr Live – rescheduled

    Terribly Funny Tour

    Margate Winter Gardens

    29 Jun 2021 - 29 Jun 2022

    Comedian Jimmy Carr knows that terrible things happen in life – but he believes the...

    Francis Rossi – Rescheduled Date

    I Talk Too Much

    Theatre Royal Margate

    29 Jun 2021

    Legendary Status Quo lead singer Francis Rossi will share the extraordinary secrets of his 50-plus...

    Jason Donovan

    Even More Good Reasons Tour 2020

    Margate Winter Gardens

    30 Sep 2021

    Jason Donovan came into our lives in the late 80s as Scott Robinson in the...
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