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Theatre Royal Newcastle

Theatre Royal Newcastle tours


The Theatre Royal Newcastle offers two different tours: 1) Guided Tours and 2) Bespoke Tours. Theatre tours are overseen by members of the Theatre Royal Newcastle Learning team.


Tours lead visitors through the theatre building, introducing them to ‘The Story of Theatre’, a permanent exhibition area and learning space in the Gallery Foyer level, illustrating the history of Theatre from its origins in Ancient Greece through to the present day.


Public Theatre Tours

Join us front of house, backstage and on-stage as we take guided tours around this historic theatre. The restoration of the Theatre has reinstated the full 19th Century splendour of Frank Matcham's auditorium. Public Theatre tours are take place regularly throughout the year. 

Forthcoming tours are:

Saturday 24th October

Saturday 28th November

Saturday 19th December


Cost £6 per person

Please inform the Box Office of any mobility or access requirements you may have at the time of booking. Call Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 to book a place – calls are charged at 7p a minute plus your phone company’s access charge, calls from mobiles may vary, please contact your operator for details. 


Private Theatre Tours

If you would like to book a tour for a group or a celebratory occasion please call 0191 244 2502 or email learning@theatreroyal.co.uk

Cost £60 for a group of 20 people maximum.
Duration 90 minutes (approx.)



How to get there


Newcastle Theatre Royal is in the heart of Newcastle. easily accessible by public transport and with a number of car parks close by.


For further information please see the theatre's website



The Theatre Royal is a member of the Newcastle Gateshead cultural venues (NGCV) consortium of 10 non-profit distributing cultural organisations, operating 22 veniews across: visual arts; performing arts; music; dance; film; writing and literature; heritage; archives and museums; and science communication in Tyne on Wear.


Live Theatre

One of the leading new writting producers in the country, working with national and international co-producers. Its drama education programme is considered a national excemplar.


Northern Stage

The north east's major producing theatre, making and representing a repetoire of new work and contemporary classics in collabouration with partners such as Robert Lepage, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Kneehigh.


The Sage Gateshead

The pioneering international hub for music performance, learning and participation delivering across 10,000 square miles from Foster's iconic building, as well as leading national programmes.


Tyne Theatre and Opera House

Now the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre is a Grade I listed building with key elements of outstanding national importance including the lavish auditorium and wooden stage machinery.





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Theatre Royal Newcastle

100 Grey Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne & Wear


Great Britain


Tel: +44 (0) 844 8 11 21 21






The Theatre Royal Newcastle, designed by John and Benjamin Green, was opened in February 1837. After a fire in 1899 the auditorium was completely reconstructed by Frank Matcham in 1901. The Grade I listed Theatre Royal remains one of the most historic, cultural landmarks in the north east of England. The theatre faces onto Grey Street with a symmetrical facade dominated by a portico of giant Corinthian columns projecting over the pavement.

Inside the auditorium consists of open tiers, split into stalls and cantilevered dress circle, upper circle and gallery. A bust of Shakespeare sits over the proscenium arch framed in alabaster and plaster.

The Theatre Royal has played host to the biggest names in dance, drama, music and comedy in its 175 year history. A 2011 restoration reinstated the full 19th century splendour of theatre architect Frank Matcham’s auditorium and sympathetically restored front of house.

See The Theatres Trust Theatres Database ID 1608 Theatre Royal Newcastle

See also Arthur Lloyd Music Hall and History Website

European Historic Theatres Day