New Theatre Royal announce Flo & Joan as latest patrons


New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth is excited to announce that the multi-award winning British musical comedy duo Flo & Joan are joining them as patrons.

The acclaimed live act consisting of sisters Rosie and Nicola Dempsey, have headlined and played to sold-out audiences across the UK, North America and Australia, and their hour-long special, Alive on Stage is streaming in over 200 countries on Amazon Prime.

Born and raised in Portsmouth, the sisters first rose to fame when their song ‘The 2016 Song’ went viral. Since then, they have gone on to have a high-profile career with television appearances on Live at the Apollo (BBC), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV), Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club (ITV), Question Team (Dave) and The Russell Howard Hour (Sky).

They have also written songs for the West End musical Death Drop and written and performed songs for television shows, including Horrible Histories (CBBC), Rob Delaney’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), and BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show and Woman’s Hour.

Originally from Cosham, the Dempsey sisters discovered their love of music and performance from a young age, having first walked through the doors of New Theatre Royal during their time in local youth theatre.

The talented duo recently returned to the historic theatre with their twice-extended 140-date tour, of Sweet Release, which also played at the Melbourne Comedy Festival as well as being one of the top 20 best-reviewed shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


Nicola comments: “It’s been an honour to bring our Sweet Release tour to the amazing New Theatre Royal, and we are thrilled to be patrons of this iconic theatre, right in the heart of our home city.”

Rosie adds: “We are excited to be able to support the work of New Theatre Royal and its eclectic programme of performances.”


Head of Marketing at New Theatre Royal, Andy Sheppard comments: “We are so proud to welcome Flo & Joan as our newest patrons and

we are excited to help foster their personal link to the theatre and the Portsmouth area. We are sure they will help inspire future artistic talent in our community.”