The Gaiety Theatre

The Gaiety is one of the finest surviving examples of the work of master theatre builder Frank Matcham.

It's now restored to its original condition, largely through the dedication of Mervyn Stokes MBE who managed it for many years. Opened in 1900, the theatre has been a landmark on Douglas promenade ever since.

The restoration can be appreciated best by taking one of the excellent tours offered in the summer months. They give a fascinating insight into the workings of a Victorian theatre which features props and practical effects which may be unique in the world. If you've ever longed to see a Corsican Trap, well, this is pretty much your only chance.

Photo by Phil Reynolds


From the VillaGaiety website:

"The Gaiety Theatre has a drop-off point at the front of the theatre and level access via the Arcade to the stalls; wheelchair accessible toilets are available in the Arcade. The theatre has designated wheelchair spaces at the rear of the Stalls Section, however, due to the design of the theatre and fire regulations, it is not possible for wheelchairs to be permitted in other areas of the auditorium. Please remember to mention your requirements when booking.

Drop offs are available at the front door of the Villa Marina with access to all areas via front foyer. There are auto opening doors on the right of the entrance. Disabled toilets are available at both stalls and dress circle level and a lift is available for access to all levels."

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Opening Hours

Opening times obviously depend on what plays or events are being staged.

Contact the Gaiety directly for times for tours.


Fees for the tours:
Adults: £9
Under 16: £5
Family: £20

Published: 24 May 2023

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