Your Visit

Box Office

 The Box Office is located at the side of the Theatre in Steephill Road.

Pre-booked tickets for collection are picked-up from the Box Office, which also sells Theatre souvenirs.

Opening hours: Hours




Auditorium seating is on two levels: the stalls and the balcony. The stalls are level and the balcony is on a slope. Access to the balcony is via stairs (there is no lift). In general, the auditorium opens 30 minutes before a show.



Alcoholic drinks, including Isle of Wight beers, tea and coffee are available in the downstairs bar, accessed via steps from the Box Office corridor, allowing theatregoers to relax before a show and avoid any rush to get to the Theatre on time. The bar normally opens one hour before a show starts.


Historical Map Room

When visiting the bar, don’t forget to see the adjacent historical Map Room, which was a local command and control centre during WW2 and is decorated with memorabilia from that time. Additional bar seating is available in the Map Room.



In the foyer you will find an English heritage listed structure – the sweetshop, which was formerly the Theatre Box Office. It opens before shows and during show intervals for those hard to resist treats.


Location Map

Public Transport

Shanklin railway station is a 10-minute walk away. Vectis buses numbers 2 and 3 stop close to the Theatre.


Public car parks are available nearby in Vernon Meadow (access via Chine Avenue) and St John’s Road. Parking is not available at the Theatre.

Limited Mobility Access

For those with limited mobility, the auditorium can be accessed on the level from the Theatre (private) car park. Access to the Box Office is on the level though there are a few steps from the Box Office corridor down to the auditorium. Limited mobility toilets are available in both the gents’ and ladies’ toilets in the foyer. A limited mobility toilet is situated adjacent to the downstairs bar.

Shanklin and Nearby

Shanklin is a popular and scenic seaside town, with lots of accommodation available to visitors. It is well situated for visiting this lovely island, either by car, bus or rail. Close to the Theatre are a number of places to eat and drink, with the old town and its thatched cottages just a few minutes’ walk away.

Theatre Building

Shanklin Theatre is an English Heritage Grade II listed building and is owned by Shanklin Theatre and Community Trust.

At the side of the Theatre in Steephill Road can be seen a portion of the original Shanklin Institute, which was destroyed by fire in 1925 before being rebuilt as the current Theatre.

Friends of Shanklin Theatre

During your visit you are likely to be greeted by Theatre volunteers as the Theatre has only 5 paid staff and over 150 volunteers to run it. Theatre supporters and volunteers are members of the Friends of Shanklin Theatre (FOST). By becoming a Friend you can help the Theatre whilst receiving discounts for certain shows, a regular newsletter and other benefits

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