Entertainment in Winchester
Our guide to theatre, music, visual art, sculpture, film and more entertainment in Winchester.
Visit our Festivals page for a schedule of some of the carefully curated programmes of music, street theatre, creative writing workshops and more.
Here are some of the Win Guide’s favourite entertainment venues:
Theatre Royal Winchester
Jewry St, Winchester SO23
Southgate St, Winchester SO23 9EG
3 St Paul’s Hill, Winchester SO22 5AE
9 The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS
Jewry St, Winchester SO23 8SB
The Minster Gallery
Great Minster St, Winchester SO23 9HA
The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH
Chesil St, Winchester SO23 0HU
Here are some of our features on arts events in the city:
Hold on to your Hats: Winchester’s beloved Hat Fair Festival takes place this weekend, from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July 2019. Did you know that Hat Fair is the UK’s longest running festival of Outdoor Arts? Read more
Happiness is a place called Winchester, according to the Royal Mail UK Happiness Index. The survey carried out in early 2019 measured happiness according to eight factors: well-being, life expectancy, earnings, inequality, carbon emissions, crime, deprivation and access to health services. So with our happiness top spot confirmed, let’s find out what’s going on to keep us smiling this month… Read more
That’s right Wintonians, the countdown to Christmas in Winchester is upon us. Let’s face it, our city is pretty good at embracing this season. Here’s our Win Guide to December…
Firstly, have you booked your ticket to panto at the Theatre Royal Winchester? This year’s festive treat is Beauty and the Beast. Oh yes it is. Audiences have been saying great things in response to the opening previews on Twitter and it’s going to be a corker. Read more
The University of Winchester presents an inaugural lecture by Marcus Leaning, Professor of Digital Media Education on Thursday 29 November at 6pm (6.30pm start).
The public event is free to attend and all are welcome. Plus there will be wine, soft drinks and nibbles. Read more
The University of Winchester’s Faculty of Arts has teamed up with St James Tavern at the bottom of Winchester’s Romsey Road to launch Tavern Talks, a new series of public conversations aimed at bringing people together to engage in lively discussions about the creative arts and contemporary discourse in the contexts of cultural history and modern politics and society. Professor Alec Charles, the University of Winchester’s Dean of Arts, tells the Winchester Guide what’s in store for the first programme of Tavern Talks, starting Thursday 25th October 2018. Read more
This autumn Theatre Royal Winchester is partnering with Welsh National Opera, Mayflower Theatre and University of Winchester to offer young people the opportunity to take part in a two-day musical workshop course.
Following the critically-acclaimed 2016 premiere of Fagin’s Twist and last year’s highly successful tour, Avant Garde Dance and The Place collaborate once again to present the 2018 UK autumn tour. The story unravels and explodes into a captivating performance and ambitious dance show, based on Charles Dickens’ much-loved classic. Fagin’s Twist is the untold story of a notorious and complex villain with a mischievous twist. Read more
This autumn Shobana Jeyasingh Dance brings its latest work ‘Contagion’ to six science, art and war-related sites across the country. The tour opens September 15 and 16 at the Gymnasium Gallery in Berwick-upon-Tweed, a former army barracks where soldiers were sent to keep fit during the First World War. The good news for residents of Winchester and environs is that the second stop of the tour is September 22 and 23 at the Great Hall in Winchester – a truly stirring location. Read more
Theatre Royal Winchester will be welcoming the formidable Mimbre and their touring production Exploded Circus, 7 – 8 September, 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Here’s a preview for the must see event.
Donald Hutera talks to Kevin Finnan, the artistic director of Motionhouse
Given that creative energy is never in short supply Motionhouse, it may come as no surprise that energy is the core subject of the latest touring show by this long-established, UK-based company. But the production, entitled Charge, is nevertheless bound to offer visual thrills and kinetic surprises aplenty as it uses dance, acrobatics, digital projection and a galvanising soundtrack to probe the sources that activate life in the human body. Read more
Stick Man by Scamp Theatre and Freckle Productions is coming to the Theatre Royal Winchester, Fri 13 – Sun 15 October. Here’s an interview with a member of the cast, Christopher Currie.
Jasmin Vardimon’s Pinocchio comes to Winchester
by Donald Hutera
That question is the thematic core of Jasmin Vardimon’s dance-theatre take on Pinocchio, which is about to visit Theatre Royal Winchester for three performances (Oct 13 at 7.30pm, Oct 14 at 1.30pm and 7pm) as part of a big UK tour. Read more
Live jazz, live poetry, great food and delicious cocktails.
The festival takes place every year during the first weekend of July across the historic city of Winchester. Read more
Posted 28 April 2016: WinGuide editor Donald Hutera speaks to Yolande Yorke-Edgell, head of Yorke Dance Project, and YDP associate director and fellow choreographer Stephen Pelton about the company’s ambitious new project Dancing Sacred, to be presented at Winchester Cathedral on May 3. Read more
by Winchester Guide editor Donald Hutera
Posted 4 February 2016: mapdance, the University of Chichester’s MA touring company, is celebrating its tenth birthday with a richly mixed bill of works old and new by a gratifying range of choreographers. This enticingly varied programme lands at Theatre Royal Winchester on Feb 10 at 7.30pm. Read more
Interview by Winchester Guide editor Donald Hutera
Posted 3 February 2016: Peta Lily is one of my favourite performers, but also one whom I’ve known personally as both colleague and friend for thirty years. I’ve happily presented several of her self-written solo shows Read more
Posted on 13th October 2015 Attention film fans – it’s the sixth edition of The Winchester Film Festival from 15 to 25 October 2015 – providing a chance to watch classic films in unusual venues chosen to enhance Read more
Posted: 23rd July 2015 GOlive Winchester 2015: Friday, July 24 By Donald Hutera
Posted: 29th June 2015 It’s time again for Hat Fair and the chance for everyone who happens to be in Winchester to bask in some phenomenal busking. This year the newly-appointed artistic director, Michelle Walker, has Read more
Founded by the dancer and choreographer Read more
Posted 24th October 2014 The Watching and The Watched: Casting Traces at Guildhall, Winchester. Reviewed by Rebecca JS Nice on 23rd October.
Posted: 27th September 2014 Tipped by Dance Europe as one of 2014’s highlights on the Dance scene, GOlive made its way to Winchester for one night at Winchester University in what will be the first of many visits…
Posted: 12th September 2014 Donald Hutera introduces GOlive, making its way to Winchester on 16 September at 7pm.
Posted: 29th August 2014 There’s plenty going on in September to tempt city-folk out of the post-sunshine blues. Here’s a selection from the Win Guide…
Posted: 11th July 2014 Fortified by Bucks Fizz, Rebecca JS Nice braves the elements for Chesil’s Musketeers.
Posted: 9th July 2014 Donald Hutera talks about his Hat Fair experience.
Posted: 2nd July 2014 Winchester welcomes the UK’s longest running street arts festival this weekend from Fri 4 to Sun 6 July with its 45 companies, 12 commissions, 6 commissioning partnerships Read more
Posted: 27th June 2014 Rebecca Nice previews some of the Hat Fair events at the Great Hall and tells us a bit about its history.
Posted: 14th June 2014 Rebecca JS Nice previews choreographer Debbie Lee-Anthony’s piece A Nice Little Project.
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