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Guildhall Square, Portsmouth

The Guildhall Square, Portsmouth is a prime event space in the heart of the city; the beating heart of Portsmouth's civic and public life. The fully pedestrian Square forms a key thoroughfare to and from the city centre, close to popular bars, shops, restaurants and transport links. Situated adjacent to the Civic Offices, Central Library and Portsmouth Guildhall, the Square is a focal point for cultural and community events, a key meeting point, popular with shoppers, workers having their lunch, residents and visitors alike. The Square is also home to the Big Screen Portsmouth, Queen Victoria statue and the recently unveiled Charles Dickens statue. The event space lends itself well to open air concerts, film screenings, sports displays, military parades and other cultural events.

The Royal Ballet | Romeo and Juliet | 11 June at 7.30pm | pre-screening starts at 7pm

Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan's 20th-century ballet masterpiece. Soak up free culture on your doorstep: watch The Royal Ballet on stage at the Royal Opera House in this free live screening at Guildhall Square's BP Big Screen.


The Royal Opera | Carmen | 2 July at 7pm| pre-screening starts at 6.30pm

Bizet's greatest opera tells the story of the enigmatic and seductive Carmen and the dangerous passion she arouses in Don José. Soak up free culture on your doorstep: watch The Royal Opera’s fresh take on this much-loved opera, complete with flamenco dancers, bull fighters – and a gorilla – all in a free live screening from the Royal Opera House.


The Royal Opera | The Marriage of Figaro | Tuesday 9 July at 7pm | pre-screening starts at 6.30pm

Revolution is in the air in The Royal Opera’s beautiful production of Mozart's great comic opera. Colourful characters mix with intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness in a multitude of dramatic twists. Watch a live screening of this famous opera direct from the Royal Opera House stage.


What do I need to know before I attend?

Guildhall Square is accessible to all. A slope alongside the Civic Offices enables access for wheelchair users. Guildhall Square has some occasional seating around the trees and also in front of the Civic Offices. There are also stone steps in front of the Civic Offices and Guildhall, which you can sit on – but you may wish to bring your own cushions or blankets. There will be food and non-alcoholic drinks available to buy from stalls in the square, alternatively please bring your own picnic.  All litter should be disposed of in bins provided or taken home.  Please dress appropriately for the anticipated weather conditions.

In the interest of public safety, the following conditions will apply in Guildhall Square:

  • Event stewards will be entitled to search persons &/or their possessions in the Guildhall Square. Staff will not take responsibility for any prohibited items
  • Prohibited items include, but are not restricted to, alcohol, large parasols, gazebos, awnings and portable barbecues
  • All litter should be disposed of in the bins provided or taken home
  • This is an outdoor event; please dress appropriately for the anticipated weather conditions

For further information visit or call 02392 826722.

Please note, the Royal Opera House always seeks guidance regarding content from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). While a 12A rating is the minimum classification level issued for all live screenings in the UK, our content can still be suitable for children of all ages. Click this link for further information regarding the classification of filmed content.

How do I get here?

Follow signposts to the city centre. As well as on street parking across the city, parking is available at various city centre car parks, which are signposted.

Portsmouth and Southsea railway station is less than 1 minute from the Guildhall Square with regular direct links to London, Bristol, Southampton, Cardiff, Exeter, Reading and Brighton.

All routes to the city centre:
Stagecoach 21, 23 and 700 (Coastliner)
First Bus services 1, 1a, 1c, 5, 5a, 13, 13a, 14, 14a, 16a, 17, 18, 19, 40, 40c, x40, 41, x41, 45, 45a, 57, x57