Built in 1973, this charity-run theatre has made it their mission to inspire and enrich the lives of the city's population through arts and culture. Their vast programme includes national touring shows, dance, comedy, live music, family pantomimes, tribute acts and much more.
Nestled by the River Nene, visitors can enjoy pre-dining or drinks at the restaurant or riverside bar as well as complimentary WiFi. Visitors to the Key Theatre can reserve a table at The Chalkboard tea room and bistro, serving up a range of delicious grub. Whether you fancy afternoon tea, breakfast, a meat, veggie or vegan chalkboard, light snacks or an evening meal, there’s something for every appetite and any time of day.
The Key Theatre was built in the early 70s by architect Jo Rowbotham, who wanted to address the need for a central place for entertainment following the Embassy Theatre’s closure. Now almost half a century on, the venue has become part of Peterborough’s identity, not to mention holding the longest traditional family pantomime in the city.
Delivering all sorts of events, the Key Theatre offers a blend of modern films and classic shows. Visitors can find big productions on tour as well as more intimate performances from tribute acts and small production companies. Larger shows take place in the 360-capacity main house theatre, while smaller ones are performed in the cosy 112-capacity black box studio theatre.
The address of the Key Theatre is Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF. The nearest car parks are Riverside, Sand Martin House, Car Haven and Bishop’s Road. For those travelling on public transport, both the Queensgate Bus Interchange and the Peterborough Railway Station are approximately a 15 minute walk from the venue.
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