The main entertainment centre of Douglas
Just 1 km down the promenade is Villa Marina and Gardens. Featuring an arena, a breath-taking theatre, intimate concert halls, cinema and a children’s play area, it is the ultimate entertainment experience.
The centrepiece of the Villa Marina is the Royal Hall, a spectacular auditorium that combines Edwardian grandeur and comfort with the latest sound and light system to create an amazing atmosphere at every show. Hosting some of the biggest names in music and comedy, it promises a great night, every time you visit.
A magnificent venue
Proudly positioned on the promenade of Douglas stands the Gaiety Theatre, the jewel in the Manx entertainment crown. Steeped in history and tradition, the Gaiety Theatre is one of the finest remaining examples of work by the legendary theatre architect, Frank Matcham. First opened in 1900, the Gaiety Theatre underwent extensive restoration for 30 years to return it to its current magnificent condition.
Boasting a year round programme of top class entertainment, including family shows, musicals, pantomimes, plays, comedians, concerts and more, you’ll be sure to find something entertaining to watch during your time on the Island.
The Gaiety, which is also 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 magnificent venue by taking part in a theatre tour on most Saturdays which are held Easter to end of September from 10am (allow 2 ½ hours). Numbers are limited so booking in advance is recommended.