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Shelley Theatre

Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BH5 1LX, England
+44 1202 413600
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Fantastic Local Theatre

It's a gorgeous venue, filled with history and a wonderful atmosphere. The auditorim is very quaint... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Fantastic theatre and cafe

The team at The Shelley have done a wonderful job restoring the theatre whilst being sympathetic to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Rupert B
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Shelley Theatre is the theatre on the Bournemouth clifftop you probably never knew about. We are a 150 seated theatre and provide a variety of entertainment for all tastes. We have: comedy nights; film; live music; performance and dance. Come and see how we're bringing this historic building to life. The theatre was built in 1870 by the famous Shelley family, intended to be the home of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. Where are today our whole aim is to bring people and performance together. We also have the Shelley Cafe open during the week from Monday to Friday (10am to 3.30pm) so if it's using the Wi-Fi or catching up with friends and family, the doors are open for you. We look forward to seeing your soon.
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Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BH5 1LX, England
+44 1202 413600
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Reviewed yesterday

It's a gorgeous venue, filled with history and a wonderful atmosphere. The auditorim is very quaint and they have a very well stoked bar with a variety of super gins! They also show a wide variety of performances, every one that I've been to has...More

Thank LizzieMcManus
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The team at The Shelley have done a wonderful job restoring the theatre whilst being sympathetic to its rich history. The cafe is lovely and the staff are friendly and helpful. Cant recommend it highly enough.

Thank Rupert B
Reviewed 2 days ago

An evening with Earl Carpenter at the Shelley Theatre Boscombe. A evening of great songs and story of Earl's career starting at the Jellicoe Theatre to Big Little and on to the West End and Broadway. What a fantastic production in a lovely theatre. This...More

Thank Gordon F
Reviewed 2 days ago

A really special night out. The venue oozes charm, the people who work there and the volunteers are super friendly, the performances amazing. Great bar, good coffee,cake. Affordable ticket prices. At last some culture in Bournemouth that doesn't break the bank and is worth leaving...More

Thank AnnawasRnowC
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Shelley family's private theatre dating from 1870 has been reopened and is now the best place for an evening out. There is ample easy parking and the place is easy to find- just follow signs to Shelley Manor Medical Centre which is next door....More

Thank MS31Dec2015
Reviewed 2 days ago

Lovely little theatre and cafe-bar area. I had no idea what a wonderfully historic place was on our doorstep! We'll definitely return and are looking forward to attending more events in the future here.

Thank Carla F
Reviewed 1 week ago

I first went to the Shelley as a guest - prepare to be impressed. The performances are superb and the setting delightful in a quirky sort of way. There is a wide variety of entertainment but the one thing all the productions have in common...More

Thank colinmpipe
Shelley T, Owner at Shelley Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Colin, Thank you so much for sharing the experience you have had at the theatre. The rest of the year we have a variety of acts and evenings lined up, so look forward to seeing you at the theatre. It means a lot when...More

Reviewed 17 May 2017

Shelley Theatre recently opened an "extension" to this very nice venue, and ran a Comedy Night with headline act Bob Mills. The venue is very welcoming with really nice (probably voluntary?) staff who looked after us very well. A really enjoyable eveningMore

Thank LeicsPotter
Shelley T, Owner at Shelley Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi, You are right, the staff are voluntary and give everything with heart and a smile. Thank you for coming to the first comedy night. We decided to make this an ongoing fixture to the monthly calendar of events and hopefully see you soon. Your...More

Reviewed 4 May 2017

Last year I went to the cider night with a fantastic folk band ... Can't wait to go this year on the 19th May 17. Great venue atmosphere and a place to meet new people . The staff are mostly volunteers and always so friendly...More

Thank Alison P
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Interesting venue run by volunteers. Unusual productions by local artists/theatre groups. The venue is in the process of a slow refurbishment - which adds to its charm. Only downside is expensive drinks for what it is. Theatre also needs a back entrance as the only...More

Thank olliebournemouth
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Can you go just for a drink in the bar?
5 March 2016|
Response from Matthew W | Property representative |
Hi, at present the bar is open when we have a performance on. It is possible to stay for a quiet drink whilst the first half of a show is on but the bar generally closes after films have started and sometimes after the start... More