Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Present ‘Dockyard At Dusk’


In a brand new venture, this summer Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will present a truly unique opportunity to enjoy a night ‘out’ at the theatre in the exceptional surroundings of the world-famous HMS Victory, as ‘this huge stage presenteth nought but shows.


Starting the ‘Dockyard At Dusk’ season is the Royal Navy Theatre Association (RNTA) who are planning their most ambitious project yet by performing an outdoor production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (18th-21st July)


The production, which is being directed by Lt Cdr Philippa Sargent, a member of HMS Collingwood’s Theatre Company, sees all three of the Portsmouth based theatre clubs joining together to put on what promises to be an amazing spectacle, having attended a workshop with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) as part of the RSC’s Open Stages programme, which the RNTA is participating in for the first time this year.


Ian Wainwright, Producer of RSC Open Stages said “Everyone at the RSC is really excited about the production being staged by the Royal Navy.  A lot of us had no idea that the Royal Navy even had an amateur theatre group”. 


Much Ado About Nothing is a witty comedy about two sets of lovers drawn from a group of young men returning home from war, reminding us that “the course of true love never did run smooth”. Bringing the production right up-to-date the men will be a troop of Royal Marines returning from Afghanistan. 


Rear Admiral David Steel, President of the Royal Navy Theatre Association, said “I’m delighted the RNTA are taking on such an ambitious project. I have seen a number of the clubs’ individual productions over the last year and there are some talented actors involved. The fact that three establishments are collaborating to put this production on meets our aims perfectly to enhance the confidence, team-working and leadership qualities of service and civilian personnel through the medium of drama and to foster good relationships between those from different backgrounds relating to the Service.” 


Visit http://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/dockyardatdusk for full details.


Other productions in the ‘Dockyard at Dusk’ season include: Thursday 23rd August, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men present Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The traditional all-male touring production of Shakespeare’s devastating and gripping thriller, with traditional costume and Elizabethan song and dance and The Royal Marines Association Concert Band (RMACB) on Saturday 25th August.




Performance                Much Ado About Nothing - Royal Navy Theatre Association


Venue                          Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (Victory Arena)

Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3LJ


Dates & Times          Wednesday 18th – Saturday 21st July at 7.30pm (Gates open at 6.30pm)


Running Time            Approx 2.5 hours including interval


Tickets                       £12 (Concs £10), includes free parking in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Car Park (follow the brown tourist signs for Historic Dockyard) from 6pm – 11pm.


Box Office                  0844 880 5406 (£1.50 booking fee over the phone)

Online: www.historicdockyard.co.uk/tickets/dockyardatdusk

In person at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Visitor Centre, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ

                                    Please visit the website for full Terms and Conditions.

Any tickets not sold in advance will be available on the night.


Additional Info           Folding seats are provided, but are not allocated so are on a first come first served basis regarding position/location.

There will be food concessions and a bar but you can bring your own picnic.