It was a very unexpected but most pleasant surprise to be approached by the Kings Theatre Trust to become a patron and I was delighted to accept. I have long admired it as one of the most wonderful theatres in the country, and I fondly remember broadcasting ‘The Now Show’ from the stage a few years ago. I am looking forwarding to getting to know the Kings and to be part of the story of this beautiful Edwardian theatre.
I am thrilled to have been appointed a patron of the iconic Kings Theatre. I’ve sat in the audience at the Kings for so many years – from my first visit as a child, with my family, on holiday in the ‘fifties. Since then, I’ve sat enthralled in the audience with my own children – and grandchildren! I’m hoping to play an active role in the continued well-being and success of one of Britain’s theatrical gems.
I’m incredibly proud to be a patron of this beautiful theatre. It’s been in my life since childhood – my parents brought me as a kid, and it was here that I discovered the magic of theatre and decided that I simply had to make it my profession. It was here that I discovered the wonderful camaraderie and teamwork that goes into running a theatre and putting on a show. Long may the Kings prosper, and I hope our association continues for many years yet.
I am so very overjoyed to be a patron of Kings Theatre, I have been so incredibly lucky in my career to have worked at the theatre so many times, and I pray that I will be able to perform there again very soon. The main reason I love the theatre so much is that the staff gives the venue its pure beauty, they are so dedicated and for me, that is totally stunning!!!
It gives me great pleasure as Lord Mayor of Portsmouth to assume the role of Patron of the iconic Edwardian Kings Theatre in Portsmouth and I look forward to visiting the theatre and being in the audience for shows during my year in office.