Theatre and performances Tyne Theatre Opera House SECONDARY

There is something particularly exhilarating about a night out at the theatre, whether it's for an evening of comedy, serious drama, musical magic or a new and experimental production. Whatever you reasons for a visit to the theatre - it is money well spent with memories, songs hummed and experiences to share that last long after the curtain falls.

NewcastleGateshead is home to a number of excellent theatres which each have their own individual flavour. While the creative industry got back on their feet after a really challenge 18 months due to coronavirus restrictions and closures, it is great to be able to plan a night out in Newcastle which might include dinner and a show at one of our theatres. Shimmy on down to Newcastle for an evening of entertainment in the city - it is time to welcome back the theatre!

Some of our team at NewcastleGateshead HQ had their first foray back to the theatre this month. They made a visit to one of Newcastle's historic venues - Tyne Theatre and Opera House - which has showcased over 150 years of theatre, performance, laughter, tears and drama within its Grade 1 listed walls. In recent years, the city centre theatre has built a reputation for hosting some of the best comedy shows, celebrating cabaret and variety-style entertainment on its eclectic programme. History fans will also find a fascinating wealth of heritage embedded within the very fabric of the theatre when you take one of their monthly guided tours.

There is lots coming up at Tyne Theatre & Opera House and the region's brilliant theatres so get planning your cultured nights out in Newcastle! 

Let's find out what the team thought of their visit Tyne Theatre and Opera House...

(
Tickets for the show - The Return of The Jinkx & Dela Holiday Show LIVE! - were gifted to the team by Tyne Theatre Opera House however, opinions were their own.)

Molly said...

"After almost two years away from the theatre the shared excitement and buzz of anticipation was infectious."

Just a short walk up from Central Station Metro station, the Grade I listed Tyne Theatre and Opera House sits surrounded by some of the city’s tallest and futuristic buildings, a reminder of Newcastle’s long cultural history.

As I stepped inside the theatre, I was overcome with joy to see so many smiling faces. After almost two years away from the theatre the shared excitement and buzz of anticipation was infectious.

Once we found our seat in the stalls, I was taken away by the grandeur of the theatre surrounding me. As I gazed upwards the intricate details of the walls and gold trimmings took me back to a different time, a time of glamour and decadence, all the way down to the royal blue velvet seats we sat upon. The theatre is one of only 10 in Great Britain that date back to the Victorian period.

After a show-stopping performance I was reminded that yes, it might have been a weeknight, but Newcastle has proven once again that it can deliver a night to remember any day of the week.

Rachael shared...

"I would highly recommend the Tyne Theatre, especially to anyone who maybe isn’t a typical theatre lover."

Having lived in Newcastle all of my life, and being a massive theatre lover, surprisingly I had never been to the Tyne Theatre until this visit. I will definitely consider the Tyne Theatre in any new theatre plans I have! I wasn’t sure what to expect however from the moment I stepped foot in the building, the scene was set. We were greeted by some lovely and attentive staff members who were more than willing to answer our questions and guide us to the right place. The building is beautifully old and all original features have been preserved and even though the décor was traditional, I feel that this adds to the overall feel of the theatre. I feel the size of the theatre is great too with easy-to-climb stairs and fewer steps down to your seat if you find yourself in the grand circle.

The bar was easy to navigate - its half circle shape made it much easier for people to get served and not get in the way of others. The old-style bar was also visually appealing as it felt like you were down your local pub! The prices reflected this too, I mean £6 for two wines and an orange juice what more could you ask for? I have always found the price of refreshments in some theatres to be off putting especially if you are on a budget. The price of drinks is usually a big motivator and factored into the decision making for a lot of my family but now I know that I can happily bring along my family (especially those who never agree to theatre trips) and be confident that it would be an accessible and enjoyable experience, even for the most apprehensive or disinterested amongst them. The pre-ordered drinks system was really efficient too - we were told about this on our first trip to the bar. During the interval, our drinks were all ready and waiting. A very simple ticketing system but very effective.

Overall, I would highly recommend the Tyne Theatre, especially to anyone who maybe isn’t a typical theatre lover or has trouble navigating larger venues.

Candy thought...

"... sensible safety measures coupled with super friendly ushers, comfy seats and (very) generous servings of wine at the bar - we left feeling more than ready to start the holiday season!"

Going into the Tyne Theatre to watch a Christmas themed Drag Show after the drag (pun definitely intended) of the last 18 months was the perfect springboard into the festive season. 

The Covid safety measures put in place by Tyne Theatre were really reassuring and made the foray back into sitting elbow-to-elbow in a crowd of people definitely feel less daunting in a post-Covid world. We were required to show either an NHS Covid-19 pass or evidence of a negative Lateral flow test as well as wear masks at all times (at the request of the performers).  

The whole experience at Tyne Theatre & Opera House was very positive - the reassuring presence of sensible safety measures coupled with super friendly ushers, comfy seats and (very) generous servings of wine at the bar - we left feeling more than ready to start the holiday season!

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