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Newcastle Theatre Royal
Newcastle Theatre Royal has a very long and rich history.
Bang in the centre of Newcastle it is easy to get to with great public transport links. The Monument Metro Station is just a stones throw away.
With a proscenium stage it sits up to 1,249 people. The auditorium is set across 4 levels; Stalls, Grand Circle, Upper Circle and Gallery and Amphitheatre and all levels can be accessed via the lift.
Granted its Royal licence by King George III, the theatre opened on Drury Lane off Mosley Street in 1788 and soon established itself as one of England’s leading theatres.
In February 1837, the Theatre moved to Grey Street, a flagship building in Grainger and Dobson’s famous city plan. It features what is generally regarded as the finest Theatre façade in the UK, later combined with a fine 1901 auditorium by the great Theatre architect, Frank Matcham, after the original interior had been destroyed by fire during a performance of Macbeth in 1899.
Newcastle’s Theatre Royal is one of only nine Grade 1 Listed theatres in England.
Many great names of the English stage have trodden its famous boards; from Keane to Irving, Olivier to Dench as well as Hollywood greats Orson Welles, Charlton Heston and Jack Lemmon. Sir Ian McKellen once described it as his favourite theatre.
Address: 100 Grey St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BR
Last night I was invited to the opening night of Educating Rita. You may have even seen the film adaptation with Julie Walters and Michael Caine, but this started off on the stage over 40 years ago and it continues on it’s UK Tour after the pandemic starring Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson. I hadnt…
MULTI-AWARD WINNING BLOOD BROTHERS RETURNS TO NEWCASTLE THEATRE ROYAL Bill Kenwright’s legendary production of the international smash hit musical Blood Brothers returns to Newcastle Theatre Royal for one week only (Tue 21 – Sat 25 Sep 2021) following its spectacular sell-out run in 2017. Lyn Paul returns for her farewell tour in the iconic role of…
North East favourite Stephen Tompkinson will make a highly anticipated return to Newcastle Theatre Royal in the best British comedy ever – Educating Rita – playing Mon 13 – Sat 18 Sep 2021. Stephen will play the role of Frank and stars alongside Jessica Johnson as Rita. The hilarious and heart-warming comedy – written by one of our…
Dear Diary… Heathers The Musical rolled into town and punched it in at the Newcastle Theatre Royal. Put on your red, yellow or green blazers, but don’t worry you don’t have to be in the popular clique to attend this. I was invited to see this touring version of Heathers the musical. You will know…
‘DEAR DIARY, DID YOU HEAR?’ SMASH-HIT MUSICAL HEATHERS COMES TO NEWCASTLE THEATRE ROYAL Greetings and salutations! Heathers the Musical (WhatsOnStage 2019 award for Best New Musical) is making its North East debut at Newcastle Theatre Royal (Tue 7 – Sat 11 Sep 2021) on its first ever tour of the UK and Ireland. Produced by Bill Kenwright and…
‘DEAR DIARY, DID YOU HEAR?’ SMASH-HIT MUSICAL HEATHERS COMES TO NEWCASTLE THEATRE ROYAL Greetings and salutations! Heathers the Musical (WhatsOnStage 2019 award for Best New Musical) is making its North East debut at Newcastle Theatre Royal (Tue 7 – Sat 11 Sep 2021) on its first ever tour of the UK and Ireland. Produced by…