The Isle of Wight is known as ‘The Garden Island’ and there are so many beautiful places that can be seen here. We can offer detailed places to visit during your stay on the Island

A little about Shanklin Theatre

Shanklin Theatre was formerly known as The Institute and opened in 1879. In 1884 new rooms were added, the Reading Room and Amusement Room. Visitors were charged 1d to use the Reading Room and this was housed in the lower section of the building to the right of the main front facade. The Amusement Room had two billiard tables and was managed by the Shanklin Chess Club.

In 1913 the Council ordered that the words Institute and Reading Room be erased from the building and it then became The Town Hall.

In 1925 a serious fire occurred, which seriously damaged the Institute, but not the Town Hall. After much deliberation by the Shanklin Urban District Council, approval to proceed with reconstruction was given in 1932. Building commenced in 1933 and on 21st March 1934 the new Town Hall and Theatre opened.

Shanklin Theatre is steeped in History, and is a most beautiful theatre inside and out.

Did you know that scenes from the film “That’ll be the Day” starring David Essex & Ringo Starr were shot on location at Shanklin Theatre in 1973

Would you like to perform in 2023?

We can help you with ferries and B&B/Hotels and also caravan sites around the area

We can also arrange for a West End Workshop with a West End Professional for the Saturday afternoon (Extra cost) This would take place in Shanklin walking distance.


We offer any amount of performers from your school to take part in one of our shows at Shanklin Theatre from  5 years old. We have NO upper age limit.

If you are interested in performing at Shanklin Theatre in 2023 please contact us.