Category: Venues

Vnues in Newcastle

What about elevating your Newcastle experience with a theatre night and visit to one of the many theatres in Newcastle upon Tyne ? First class plays and shows in historical elegant buildings will do just that!

At the Tyne Theatre & Opera House you will be able to see popular theatre shows and musicals, ballet and opera productions, and world-class comedy. Opened in 1867 and situated in a Grade 1 listed building, this is a large venue that has bars on each level where you can buy drinks and snacks.

Another theatre located in a Grade 1 listed building is Newcastle Theatre Royal. Similarly to the Thyne, this theatre also offers a variety of performances and sits a large audience over several levels. It was first opened in 1788 and nowadays features one of the most beautiful theatre facades in the UK.

For people who prefer smaller crowds, there is Northern Stage, the largest producing theatre company in the North East of England. It has three stages and presents its own work, as well as the work of ‘on the rise’ theatre makers. Food and drinks are also available at the Cafe Bar.

Along the lines of smaller venues and innovative work, there is also Live Theatre, equally reputed for creative outputs of their own company and guest ones. It offers a friendly atmosphere in a space with a capacity for up to 170 people that serves drinks, hot beverages, snacks and ice cream.

In terms of original work, Gosforth Civic Theatre is another venue to be checked out. It was set up in 2003 to create the opportunity for a group of people with learning disabilities to run their own theatre company. It seats up to 120 people and also puts on cinema and gaming nights, in addition to serving food and beverages.

For a really intimate ambience, The People’s Theatre is the place to go. Its auditorium holds only 50 seats but has been putting on performances for over 100 years.

If you’re prepared to take a short trip to nearby towns, The Customs House lies on the South bank of the River Tyne in the historic Mill Dam in the town of South Shields. Situated in a 1860’s edifice, now a grade II listed building, it comprises 437 seats and offers a variety of entertainment, including a cinema, gallery spaces, restaurant, a private dining room and an events suite. Its location is perfect for access: just 330 yards from the The Shields Ferry terminal and as a bonus, if you’re driving, there is free parking. Near Newcastle there is also the Sunderland Empire, one of the largest theatre venues in the North East, with 1,860 seats as well as Playhouse Whitely Bay, set on a picturesque Marine Avenue, just a stone throw from the sea. After undergoing an impressive £8.5 million refurbishment, its premises boasts 639 luxury auditorium seats for an audience that will be delighted with its theatre, music and show productions.