The Minghella Studio named after and dedicated to the life and work of Antony Minghella CBE, who lived on the Isle of Wight, studied in Portsmouth and went on to have a 30 year career as a director, producer and actor. We aim to use this space to nature new artistic talent and enable them to produce high quality work.


The Minghella is an extraordinary state-of-the art creative learning space which forms the heart of the theatre’s rebuilding programme and a permanent legacy to Anthony’s extraordinary creative talents. It will become a centre of excellence for both on and off-stage skills offering new talent, both on-stage and off, the chance to perform and hone their craft. It will deliver formal education, vocational courses and training for all ages, from primary school through to adult learning.

The Minghella space transforms into a 80-seat performace space, a space in which world class actors and directors can come to develop and rehearse productions.

The Minghella is a perfect mix of New Theatre Royal’s intimate atmosphere, unique heritage and 21st century technology creating the ideal venue for conferences, workshop programmes, and private hire.

We feel sure Anthony would be proud to have his life and work recognised in such a way. He always took every opportunity to encourage and support others in their learning; a really vibrant Creative Learning Space will make a most fitting living memorial to him and especially in Portsmouth where he himself was educated and spent so much of his youth.


Gioia Minghella