Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle Theatre Royal is the leading theatre in the North East.

Every year we present over 400 performances to over 300,000 people, and host the region's favourite pantomime.

HISTORY OF THE THEATRE ROYAL

Granted its Royal licence by King George III, the Theatre Royal Newcastle opened on Drury Lane off Mosley Street in 1788 and soon established itself as one of England’s leading theatres.

Three months before Queen Victoria ascended the throne, 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 one of the great Theatre architects, Frank Matcham after the original interior had been destroyed by fire in 1899.

Over the centuries, many of the great names of the English stage have played at the Royal, from Keane to Irving, Olivier to Dench and the Hollywood greats Orson Welles, Charlton Heston and Jack Lemmon have also trodden the famous boards. In 2009 the modern great Sir Ian McKellen described the Theatre Royal Newcastle as his favourite theatre.

The Grade I Listed Theatre today is both neo-classical monument and cultural engine, with an annual audience of 337,000 and over 400 performances each year. The third home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, alongside Stratford-upon-Avon and London, its programme is rich and varied featuring world-class drama, including National Theatre productions, an Opera North Season, and a rich array of contemporary dance, musicals and comedy.

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  • Visited this venue for the first time in over 10 years to see Frank Skinner. Really looking forward to it but this was somewhat spoiled due to how long the wait was before Frank eventually appeared. T...  more »
  • Brilliant performance we got the last remaining seats in the gallery. Did not spoil it at all loved every minute. Staff very helpful and friendly. Well kept theatre.  more »
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  • It's a great venue in the heart of Newcastle. So not rating based on shows but on Venue. The only reason I don't rate 5 is due to the relative high prices still attached to restricted visibility seats of which there are many especially at the back of the stalls. Row P and beyond. Saw Saturday night fever in row R and still had to crane tour neck a bit at times to see.
  • Other opinions may differ, but I've always considered Grey's Monument to be the unofficial center of Newcastle. You can comfortably walk to pretty much everywhere in Newcastle from this spot. The Theatre Royal Newcastle is situated a few meters down the architecturally beautiful (and award winning) Grey Street. The Theatre Royal being the obvious standout with its huge column's. Whenever I have visited the Theatre, the staff and amenities have always been faultless. The seats are comfortable, the view for the most part has been excellent. Though I did have a restricted view during one play (couldn't see the left side of the stage). Though not overly expensive inside the Theatre, some people, including myself, usually meet for a few drinks at The Lady Grey which is a pub on South side of the Theatre as they have a nice selection of ales and the atmosphere is relaxed.
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