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What's on at the theatre in NewcastleGateshead?

If you love theatre. If you're passionate about unravelling untold stories, why not take in a theatre show at one of NewcastleGateshead’s excellent venues?

The North East is a thriving cultural region with an abundance of theatres to choose from all hosting a glitzy programme of shows throughout the year. Whether you want to sing-a-long to some of the biggest musicals currently touring the UK or you are in the mood for a new production from local talent – there is a show to suit.

Sunderland Empire has a stellar line-up of musicals in 2020 and 2021 including Phantom of the Opera, Dreamgirls, Waitress and School of Rock while Theatre Royal Newcastle have hosted West End productions including Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Six and Funny Girls.

Whats On Theatre Events 'Ask Me Anything' by The Paper Birds at Live Theatre, Jan 2020.

Theatre Royal Newcastle once again welcome powerful performances from Royal Shakespeare Company, while Tyne Theatre and Opera House have a diverse programme of theatre including opera, family-shows and talks.

For something a little different in the heart of the city visit Northern Stage, who have a fresh, varied and thought-provoking season of shows for children and adults alike. Or perhaps take a trip to the Live Theatre on Newcastle Quayside, where their strong regional identity is represented on the stage with a regular programme of original material. Watch out for one-off theatre from independent creative companies like November Club who produce exciting and immersive family-friendly theatre which often pops up in unusual places.

Theatre SECONDARY NORTHERN STAGE HERO The Full Cast of The Last Ship c Pamela Raith The full cast of The Last Ship performed in 2018 at Northern Stage, Newcastle. Image: Pamela Raith.

Make a trip to the theatre part of your night out in NewcastleGateshead. Many restaurants including Dabbawal, Pleased to Meet You, McKenna’s at Northern Stage and Pizza Punks offer a tasty pre-theatre menu to get you ready for the show.

During the warmer months and long, light evenings of summer, enjoy the sophistication of outdoor theatre in the atmospheric surrounding of Jesmond Dene and Gibside National Trust.

Visitors looking for parking near the theatres in Newcastle can benefit from the city’s Alive After Five scheme which means parking is free in certain Newcastle car parks after 5pm every day. Both Monument and Haymarket Metro stations are in easy walking distance of the theatres and Sunderland Empire can also be easily accessed on the metro.


Fatal Attraction

24 Jan 2022 to 29 Jan 2022


The Addams Family

8 Feb 2022 to 12 Feb 2022


Fascinating Aida

13 Feb 2022 to 27 Feb 2022


Fat Friends - The Musical

14 Feb 2022 to 19 Feb 2022

Live Music

Animal Farm

22 Feb 2022 to 26 Feb 2022


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the...

1 Mar 2022 to 5 Mar 2022



8 Mar 2022 to 12 Mar 2022


Opera North's Rigoletto

23 Mar 2022 to 26 Mar 2022


Opera North’s Alcina

24 Mar 2022 to 24 Mar 2022


Opera North's Carmen

25 Mar 2022 to 25 Mar 2022

Live Music

Wor Bella

25 Mar 2022 to 2 Apr 2022


School of Rock

28 Mar 2022 to 2 Apr 2022

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