North East England– Regional Theatre Guide

The north east of England has a wealth of historical theatre venues in areas such as Whitley Bay, Darlington, Gateshead, Durham & Blyth. Whilst London is the epicentre of live performances & large venues, the North East of England is a bustle of regeneration & intimate venues such as the Laurels Theatre in Whitley Bay.

A short history of North East Theatres

There are so many stunning theatres in the North East that look like they belong in a museum, or better yet, they are themselves museums. The Darlington Hippodrome which was formerly known as the Darlington Civic theatre was re-opened in 2017 after huge £13.7m restoration project.
Another beautiful North East theatre that opened in 1837 is the Theatre Royal in Newcastle Upon Tyne. It is a Grade 1 listed building that is located on Grey Street and opened with a first performance of ‘The Merchant of Venice’. The first manager of this historical theatre in fact hired his wife as the main actress.
Many other modern venues in the North East include The Sage in Gateshead, The Playhouse in Whitley Bay & the Phoenix Theatre in Blyth. All of which show a range of Music, Dance & Comedy performances to cater for all types of theatre buffs.

What is the best way to travel to North East Theatres?

Trains direct from London run Northbound to these destinations however the journey time can vary in length. The easiest way to approach these North East Theatres is by car, starting your journey down the M1. If you decide to travel by public transport you should always check the train timetables before you set off in case of any delays.

How do I buy tickets to theatre showings in the North East of England?

The best way to purchase tickets at any North East theatres is online. You can find a current list of the best shows to see on our regional theatre pages.

ARC Stockton Arts Centre

Alnwick Playhouse

Laurels Theatre – Whitley Bay

Playhouse Whitley Bay

Stockton Globe

The Phoenix Theatre – Blyth

The Forum Theatre Billingham

Middlesbrough Theatre

Middlesbrough Town Hall

The Princess Alexandra Auditorium and Friarage Theatre – Yarm School

Tyne Theatre & Opera House – Newcastle

Utilita Arena – Newcastle

O2 Academy Newcastle

O2 City Hall Newcastle

Northern stage Newcastle upon Tyne

Theatre Royal Newcastle

The Cluny – Newcastle

Utilita Arena, Newcastle

Grimsby Auditorium

Gosforth Civic Theatre

Sunderland Empire

The Fire Station Sunderland

Sage Gateshead

Darlington Hippodrome

Durham Gala Theatre

Hull New Theatre and Hull City Hall

Hull Truck Theatre

Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough

Shows in North East England

Carrie Hope Fletcher

An Open Book Tour

O2 City Hall Newcastle

3 Jun 2023

Carrie Hope Fletcher - An Open Book is where the musical theatre star will perform songs from her incredible career. Expect fan favourites including hits from ‘Heathers’, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘The Addams Family’ and many more, interspersed with chat about Carrie’s fascinating life and career.

Quality Street

J.M. Barrie’s regency comedy Quality Street returns to delight audiences

Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough

6 Jun 2023 - 10 Jun 2023

Phoebe Throssel runs a school for unruly children on Quality Street. Ten years since a tearful goodbye, an old flame returns from fighting Napoleon.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The first major stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s work is a thrilling adventure of fantasy, myth and friendship.

Theatre Royal Newcastle

11 Jul 2023 - 22 Jul 2023

From the imagination of Neil Gaiman, best-selling author of Coraline, Good Omens and The Sandman,...