The Stage Door
78 West Marlands Road,
We are located on West Marlands Road, right in the heart of Southampton City Centre’s Cultural Quarter – just opposite the Guildhall and Civic Centre and a 5 or 10 minute walk from Southampton Central train station… you’ll also find us just around the corner from Southampton’s new Arts Centre complex.
By Car: The theatre is a short drive from both Junction 5 (Westbound) and Junction 3 (Eastbound) of the M27 and Junction 14 of the M3 following signs of the City Centre. Our postcode is SO14 7FW.
Car Parks: There is an NCP car park within a few minutes walk from the theatre. There are also two large multi-storey car parks within 5-10 minutes walk of the Theatre.
MSCP West Park Road and Grosvenor Square both have 500+ spaces and are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Charging times vary at both.
Early arrival is recommended. Several spaces are available directly outside the theatre for blue badge holders – but there is a time limit of 1 hour.
Website: Southampton City Council – Parking
By Bus: Any bus that comes into Southampton City Centre will drop you off within an easy walking distance too.
By Train: Southampton Central Station has direct lines to Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol, Weymouth, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Brighton, London Waterloo and many other major routes, along with local services including Southampton Airport.
By Ferry (Isle of Wight): As well as travelling on the car ferry, Red Funnel operates a passenger service called the Red Jet. This service includes a free bus that is timed to meet the ferries, and runs to and from Southampton Central Station.
Although it’s easy to find us, unfortunately it’s not so easy getting around the venue if you are disabled or struggle with stairs.
As the building is so old, there was no provision for anything like that at the time of it being built and regrettably, we haven’t been able to install any lifts to help with this due to the structure and layout of the building.
We are able to store a wheelchair in the box office area if you feel you are able to use the stairs once inside. Please feel free to get in touch with any specific requirements and we’ll do our very best to accommodate you – but if we can’t, please accept our sincerest apologies!
Likewise, families with children, please bear in mind that there is limited space available to accommodate buggies and push chairs – so if you can leave those in the car that would be great.
Don’t be put off though, we’d love you to bring your little ones…we do have changing facilities in the theatre toilets and there will be some fabulous children’s shows coming to the venue.
Seating Plan & Seat Reservation
Seats are not numbered and are allocated on a first come, first served basis – but we do open the theatre 30 minutes before each show for you to arrive and select where you would like to sit.
Our stage is raised but our seating area is on one level, so the best view is nearest the front – so get there early!
You can buy a drink at the bar in the theatre before the show and during any intervals, but the bar will be closed during performances.
There are also toilets at the back of the theatre (with baby changing facilities).
The Local Area
There are so many places to eat and drink in Southampton (although we’d recommend eating and drinking with us, before and after your show!)… if there’s something specific you’re looking for then have a chat with one of our staff and they’ll point you in the right direction.
We do take cards at The Stage Door, but if it’s cash you’re after there are a few cash points a little way down the high street – ask one of our staff to direct you.
If you are just visiting Southampton and looking for somewhere to stay, you won’t go wrong by booking a place with our friends at Town or Country. They offer affordable serviced accommodation and many of their properties have parking too. You’ll find them to be more reasonably priced than a lot of hotels and their properties are spacious and very comfortable.
We offer concession tickets to Senior Citizens and Students. (Selected performances only. Please note, there may be some shows where concession tickets are not offered).