The Embassy Theatre
The Embassy Theatre, located on the seafront of the popular tourist resort of Skegness, is the East Coast’s premier entertainment venue.
Embassy Theatre, Skegness – A Brief History
The original Embassy building, first known as The Piazza, has stood dominating Grand Parade at Skegness since 1926. The Piazza was owned by Skegness Urban District Council, and was leased to a Mr. Morris. It comprised a huge dance hall. Over the main door and dance floor was a Minstrel Gallery where a small orchestra would play popular music.
In January 1978 Skegness lost its only theatre for major Summer shows when the Pier was destroyed in a storm and the theatre left isolated as an island in the sea.
It was after this that the idea of the Embassy Centre, a multi-purpose conference/exhibition venue was born. The idea eventually came to fruition in December 1982 with the completion of the octagonal auditorium and redevelopment of the original Embassy Ballroom building.
Once again in October 1999 the Embassy underwent a transformation to redevelop the building surrounding the auditorium. The project included a new outdoor pool and chalets, Health & Fitness Suite, letting units and an Arts Room. The complex was officially re-opened by the legendary King Of Comedy, Ken Dodd, who has a very long association with the Embassy, on 3rd August 2000.
Hundreds of stars have shone at the Embassy over the years including: George Formby, Danny La Rue, Des O’Connor, Rod Hull & Emu, Barbara Dickson, David Essex, Norman Wisdom, Ruthie Henshall, Chinese State Circus, Eddie Floyd, Geno Washington, Frankie Vaughan, Eartha Kitt, Alan Carr, The Drifters, Billy Ocean, Al Murray, Lenny Henry, Jim Davidson, Brian Conley, Jimmy Carr, Jason Donovan, Danni Minogue, Joe Pasquale, Peter Andre, Lee Mead and Jools Holland to name just a few