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The Kings Theatre, Southsea, Portsmouth

Restoration Repairs and Improvements to the Kings Theatre 2001 to 2012


JUL 01 TO OCT 01 – THE WORK TO RE-OPEN AND RE-LICENSE THE THEATRE

•    Health and Safety work to license the theatre, including much rubbish clearance
•    Refurbishment of all dressing rooms
•    Redecoration of main foyer, dress circle and stalls bars

JUL 02 TO OCT 02 – FIRST STEPS OF RESTORATION

•    New heating system
•    Motorised safety curtain
•    Redecoration and provision of extra ladies toilets

MAY 03 TO AUG 03 – STABILISING THE THEATRE WITH AN H&S GRANT

•    Implementation of proper certification for all mechanical and electrical systems
•    Improved husbandry and removal of redundant equipment
•    Removal of asbestos from safety curtain guides and sealing of asbestos on rear surface
•    Renewal of stage lighting cabling in auditorium and upgrade to 26 lanterns
•    Replacement of old stage lighting dimmers with new

SEP 03 TO JUN 04 – FURTHER H&S WORK TO IMPROVE THE THEATRE’S CONDITION

•    Implementation of H&S procedures, including first aid courses and COSSH
•    Strengthening to wooden access ladders and provision of safety hoops
•    Clearance of silt and debris from under stage well to allow proper drainage
•    Improvements to security system with additional sensors and CCTV surveillance
•    Repair of neon “Kings” sign on tower front
•    Repair of rotten window in Irving Room and guttering above Albert Road Entrance
•    Refurbishment of canopy in Exmouth Road and bay window above
•    Strengthening of main entrance portico
•    Made access to roof void safe and refurbished auditorium chandelier winches

JUN 04 TO SEP 04 – WORK POSSIBLE DUE TO THE THEATRE’S SUCCESSFUL YEAR

•    Repairs to roofs and brickwork to prevent water ingress
•    Minor works to tower to prevent further decay
•    Repainted lower walls of tower
•    Refurbished box office and improved layout
•    Provided an audio system for the hearing impaired and a small PA system

•    Refurbished the stage bar
•    Replacement of IT network cabling and improvements to box office ticketing system
•    Refurbishment of old office as a hospitality room
•    Tidying of exterior d├ęcor and improvements to floodlighting and marketing displays
•    Repair and cleaning of main house curtains
•    Improve stage flying system with 6 new winch bars for stage lighting
•    Removed rotten orchestra pit floor and put back to proper position

OCT 04 TO JUL 05 – SMALL PROJECTS WHILE THEATRE OPEN FOR SHOWS

•    Replaced telephone system
•    Refurbished old carpenter’s store as a new office
•    Redecorated dress circle ladies toilets
•    Purchase of a combined network printer and photocopier

AUG 05 TO NOV05 – THE FIRST YEAR OF PROJECTS WITH THE PCC CAPITAL GRANT

•    Restoration of the rear elevation of the building
•    Installation of a powered flying system over the stage
•    Refurbishment of the dress circle gentlemen’s toilets
•    Refurbishment of some dress circle doors, including restoration of the original leaded glass
•    Installation of some automatic fire door catches
•    Further improvements to the IT network and box office ticket system
•    Purchase of a new lighting desk

MAY 06 TO FEB 07 - THE SECOND YEAR OF PROJECTS WITH THE PCC CAPITAL GRANT

•    Replacement of the advertising sign over the portico
•    Refurbishment of the Exmouth Road Elevation of the building
•    Refurbishment of further internal doors, including restoration of the original leaded glass
•    Installation of some automatic fire door catches
•    Repair of the floor of the Irving Room bar and putting the room back in use
•    Redecoration of the stalls bar

JUN 07 TO SEP 07– THE CENTENARY YEAR OF PROJECTS WITH THE PCC GRANT

•    Restoration of the main auditorium
•    Improvements to the architectural lighting of the auditorium
•    Improvements to the stage lighting and performance sound positions in the auditorium
•    Further refurbishment of internal doors, including restoration of the original leaded glass
•    Restoration of the gallery
•    Redecoration of the gallery toilets
•    Redecoration of the level access corridor to the stalls
•    Removal of wallpaper to reveal the Art Nouveau tiling at stalls level
•    Plaster coving in Stage bar replicated by Mr John Fowler

JUN 08 TO SEP 08 - THE FOURTH YEAR OF PROJECTS WITH THE PCC CAPITAL GRANT

•    Installation of the second phase of powered flying
•    Restoration of the dress circle bar
•    Refurbishment of the shower and toilets on the top floor of the dressing room block
•    Repairs to the east wall of the stage house
•    Pillars in Stage Bar “marbled” by Mr Glen Filer

OCT 08 to MAR 09 - THE FIFTH YEAR OF PROJECTS WITH THE PCC CAPITAL GRANT

•    Restoration of the tower on the corner of Albert Road and Exmouth Road. This is the main entrance to the theatre, and the work included:
•    GRP replica cupola fitted to the top of the tower
•    GRP replica “Aurora” lady statue fitted to the top of the cupola, including a fibreoptic lit torch
•    GRP replica lions fitted on the parapets
•    Irving Room windows replaced with replicas of the original, including the painted glass
•    General repairs and maintenance of the fabric of the tower
•    Redecoration of the tower

APR 09 to DEC 09 - THE SIXTH YEAR OF PROJECTS WITH THE PCC CAPITAL GRANT

•    Bar front and “wedding cake” in the Stage Bar stained and grained by Ms Gillian Stevenson
•    Box Doors restored and recovered by Mr Peter Jackman
•    All boxes decorated and wallpapered by the volunteer working parties
•    Dress Circle promenade and corridors redecorated by the volunteer working parties
•    Upper Circle staircase redecorated by the volunteer working parties
•    Stalls corridor glazed bricks uncovered by the volunteer working parties
•    Stalls corridor redecorated by the NATS Project Management Team
•    “Kings Theatre” sign on east side of Albert Road staircase block repainted by muralist, Mr James Porter

DEC 09 to JUL 12 – THE CROCUS PROJECT

•    Restoration of the Irving Room as both the upper circle bar, and also an education space for the “Crocus Project”
•    Redecoration and smartening up of corridors, staircase and public areas
•    Tower Room and Long Bar rewired and laced for modern IT and other facilities