The Plaza Theatre, Romsey has consistently provided quality drama to our discerning local audiences & has been rewarded with a loyal following. Our beautiful theatre is the jewel in our crown, owned & operated by RAODS volunteers & members.
An efficient, well run volunteer organsation producing popular, profitable shows year after year.
Members of The Little Theatre Guild & National Operatic & Dramatic Association. A TripAdvisors Travellers' Choice venue for 2020.
Our theatre risks financial hardship due to the unprecedented lockdown measures.
Your donations will be used to cover our basic overheads. Our reserves are ear-marked to match a significant & hard won grant which will allow us to proceed with our amazing Plaza Future project. If we spend reserves on the day to day running costs, the whole grant may be at risk .
Please donate what you can, purchase a reward or create a fundraising page to support our cause. Please also share our page widely with your crowd.
One of the largest amateur theatres in the country, Romsey Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (RAODS) owns and operates The Plaza Theatre.
Close to Southampton, Salisbury and Winchester, the Plaza Theatre is perfectly situated to serve a large local community. An art deco venue with bucketfuls of character, the Plaza offers Pantomime, Musicals, Comedy, Drama, Dance, Youth productions and Live Music.
An active membership of over 300 members keeps the Plaza a vital community space for the people of Romsey. Membership Details
"The Plaza Theatre in Romsey is an astounding building. You don't have to want to be on the stage to get involved... ...my advice is don't miss out on an opportunity to discover Romsey's lovely theatre"
- Sir Ian McKellen
"Drama groups like RAODS provide a vital foundation for the whole of the industry"
- Mark McGann ( Patron )
In villages, towns and cities across the country, theatres are at the heart of their community. Places to come together, to be inspired and be entertained. Theatres are where our best-loved actors learn their craft and thousands of others learn valuable skills.
But we risk losing this forever.
We saw our main source of income disappear in an instant when theatres closed in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Six months later, we still don’t know when we will be able to reopen fully. A decision won’t be made until November at the earliest – possibly too late for us to put on our annual pantomime which provides significant income to support the theatre for the rest of the year.
This ongoing uncertainty puts theatres in a perilous situation. The government’s bailout is spread across all cultural organisations and certainly won’t be enough to save all of the UK’s theatres.
Without urgent support, we could lose our nation’s amazing theatres. Please help us to make sure our theatres survive this crisis and will be there to be enjoyed by future generations.