Steeped in history and tradition, the Gaiety Theatre is one of the finest remaining examples of work from the legendary theatre architect Frank Matcham.
First opened in 1900 the Gaiety Theatre has since undergone extensive restoration to ensure it remains one of the finest entertainment venues in the British Isles.
Boasting a year round programme of top class entertainment including shows, musicals, pantomimes, plays and concerts you’ll be sure to find something to visit for during your time in the Island.
The Gaiety, which is home to the only surviving Corsican Trap in the British Isles, played host to the Hollywood film Me and Orson Welles in 2008, providing the backdrop for the story and replicating the Mercury Theatre in New York in 1937.
Visitors can learn more about this by taking part in a theatre tour. These take place throughout the summer season and are led by knowledgeable theatre staff who will regale stories of the magnificent venue and show you the behind the scenes action.
The Gaiety Theatre also has a dark side. If you’re interested in the supernatural don’t miss the chance to visit the theatre on an organised ghost walk where you’ll find out, amongst other things, about the lady that’s said to haunt seat B14!
Admission and Tours
The Gaiety Theatre is open all year. For an up to date schedule of events please visit www.villagaiety.com or telephone 01624 600555. Ticket prices vary.
Theatre tours take place on Saturdays between May and September at 10.15am. The tours take 90 minutes.
The Gaiety Theatre has disabled access and toilets but unfortunately there is limited disabled access for the behind the scenes tours.
Parking is available in the multistory car park which is located on nearby Chester Street.
Location and Contact
Gaiety Theatre, Harris Promenade, Douglas, IM1 2HH.
For more information telephone 01624 620046 or visit www.villagaiety.com.