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Theatre Royal - Graeme Peacock


The Theatre Royal is one of only nine Grade I Listed theatres in England and is regarded by many as the UK’s finest theatre building. Since it's opening in February 1837 it has been renovated many times, and following a major fire after a performance of Macbeth in 1899, the entire auditorium was re-designed by one of the world’s greatest theatre architects, Frank Matcham.

In September 2011 a major, £5 million, six-month restoration was completed to recreate Matcham’s classic 1901 Edwardian design. Using Matcham’s 1901 template for the decorative scheme, the original wallpaper has been reprinted, lost tilework reinstated, original fixtures and fittings replaced and original designs faithfully recreated, encorporating truly amazing levels of luxury and astonishing amounts of gold leaf. Specialist workshops reproduced period light fittings, brassware and ornamentation and seating was reconfigured, with new seats in all areas – 1901 in style, but modern in comfort.

Theatre Royal remains one of the most historic, cultural landmarks in the country and continues to dominate the heart of Newcastle’s Grainger Town. The Theatre Royal is one of the most famous theatres in the country and in its colourful history has played host to the biggest names in dance, drama, music and comedy.

The Theatre Royal presents over 380 performances to over 300,000 people each year and is the regional home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Opera North and Rambert Dance Company. Its status and reputation as one of the finest theatres in the UK ensures it is a key date in the touring calendar of some of the world’s leading theatre companies; performances include the biggest and brightest West End musicals, thought provoking drama from the world’s leading playwrights, contemporary dance from internationally acclaimed choreographers - not to mention the North’s favourite pantomime, attracting more than 70,000 people.

It is the Theatre Royal’s aim to deliver performances that will inspire, challenge and above all entertain.

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Provider Features

  • In town/city centre - 1
  • No Smoking Attraction - 1


  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Sennheiser infra red. Open captioned, sign language interpreted and audio described performances available on selected shows.
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Audio tape, braille and large print season brochures.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free) - Free after 6:30pm


  • On-Site café/restaurant - Buffets to full meals, details on request. Licensed bars on-site.

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free - Proof of eligibility must be represented to the box office.
  • Delta accepted
  • Diners Club accepted
  • Euros accepted
  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 1300
  • Min group size - 10
  • Solo accepted - 1
  • Special group rates - Available on request.
  • Visa accepted

Provider Facilities

  • Toilets

Target Markets

  • Family Fun - 1
  • Marketed Towards Children - 1
  • Marketed Towards Families - 1
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens - 1
  • Marketed Towards Students / Youth - 1

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted - 4 meeting rooms available.
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals - 1

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From the A167 branch left (signposted Walker, City Centre South, then at Pilgrim Street roundabout take the 4th exit onto Pilgrim Street (signposted Pilgrim Street). Turn left onto Shakespeare Street.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Monument Metro station.


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Opening Times

Open All Year
Box Office (01/01/2015 - 31/12/2015)

* On Sundays and Bank Holidays the Box Office will be open two hours before a performance.


Saturday, 11th July 2015 - Saturday, 18th July 2015

Annie at Theatre Royal
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Tuesday, 26th May 2015 - Saturday, 30th May 2015

Dead Simple
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Tuesday, 2nd June 2015 - Saturday, 6th June 2015

Puttin' on the Ritz
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Monday, 8th June 2015 - Saturday, 13th June 2015

The Importance of Being Earnest
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Monday, 15th June 2015 - Saturday, 20th June 2015

Twelve Angry Men
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Tuesday, 23rd June 2015 - Saturday, 27th June 2015

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Wednesday, 1st July 2015 - Saturday, 4th July 2015

Peter Pan Goes Wrong
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Monday, 27th July 2015 - Saturday, 1st August 2015

And Then There Were None
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Friday, 3rd July 2015 - Friday, 4th December 2015

The Tiger Who Came To Tea
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Tuesday, 13th October 2015 - Saturday, 17th October 2015

The Last Tango at the Theatre Royal
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Tuesday, 23rd June 2015 - Saturday, 27th June 2015

Oklahoma! at the Theatre Royal
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Friday, 3rd July 2015 - Saturday, 4th July 2015

Seven Stories On the Road: Paws and Claws
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Monday, 8th June 2015 - Saturday, 13th June 2015

The Importance of Being Earnest at the Theatre Royal
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Tuesday, 30th June 2015 - Tuesday, 30th June 2015

The Famous Victories of Henry V at the Theatre Royal
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Thursday, 8th September 2016 - Saturday, 29th October 2016

Mary Poppins at the Theatre Royal
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