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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.


Wor Bella

25 Mar 2022 to 2 Apr 2022


School of Rock

28 Mar 2022 to 2 Apr 2022


Remembering the Oscars

10 Apr 2022 to 10 Apr 2022


The Da Vinci Code

11 Apr 2022 to 16 Apr 2022


Singin' in the Rain

3 May 2022 to 7 May 2022


Oti Mabuse - I Am Here

15 May 2022 to 15 May 2022


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor...

24 May 2022 to 4 Jun 2022


The Book of Mormon

15 Jun 2022 to 9 Jul 2022


Bat Out of Hell

26 Jul 2022 to 6 Aug 2022


We Will Rock You

22 Aug 2022 to 27 Aug 2022


Jersey Boys

30 Aug 2022 to 10 Sep 2022


Strictly Ballroom

1 May 2023 to 6 May 2023

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