Newcastle upon Tyne has a strong cultural heritage of appreciation for the arts. Theatrical productions are well represented with several large local theatres, as well as many smaller developing theatres that stage fantastic performances from amateur drama and youth groups.
The largest theatre in Newcastle is the Theatre Royal, which is situated in the heart of the city. The theatre attracts some of the top operas, orchestras and musicals in the country with local, national and international talent on show.
The newly restored Theatre Royal has been returned to its pre-WWI splendor and remains a poignant figurehead of culture and the arts in Newcastle and the north east of England. The theatre presents over 380 performances to over 300,000 people each year and is the regional home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Opera North and Rambert Dance Company.
The Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre is a Grade I listed building with a capacity of 1,100. The theatre presents a diverse range of shows from musicals, comedy and dance, to drama and music performances. Tyne Theatre also hosts a busy stageschool, which is great asset to the local community’s young people.
Northern Stage is an exciting and creative theatre in the heart of Newcastle. The theatre welcomes visitors to enjoy performances of classic drama, contemporary dance and comedy. Northern Stage is best known for theatrical production, being regarded as one of the top producing theatres in the UK.
Live Theatre is a production focused theatre: it produces work as varied and diverse as the audiences it engages with. The daily performances at the Live Theatre are a product of their ethos of developing creative talent, unlocking the potential of young people, and producing and showcasing plays of world class quality.
The People’s Theatre is an amateur theatre company that is located in the east-end of Newcastle upon Tyne. The theatre stages up to 12 productions a year, which are solely performed by their members. The People’s Theatre welcomes visitors to support the talent of local amateur dramatics.