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Newcastle on Stage: Theatre in the North East

Newcastle on Stage: Theatre in the North East

Exploring the archives of three key North East theatres; Live Theatre, Northern Stage and Open Clasp.

About this exhibition

'Newcastle on Stage: Theatre in the North East' showcases the history of theatre in Newcastle through the archives of three key local theatres; Northern Stage, Live Theatre and Open Clasp.

These theatres' archives each tell a story about theatre in the North East; through their sense of place, their links to North East communities and the artistic identity they create through their programmes and people.

The theatres may all have unique identities, but Newcastle and its communities help to inform their work. Live Theatre is known as a new writing theatre which presents new ideas and provides support for local and upcoming writers. Northern Stage, at the heart of the University campus, is a repertory theatre which plays a cycle of plays per season, tours widely and commissions new plays as well as playing classics. Open Clasp is based within its community at West End Women and Girls Centre, in Elswick. It was established by Catrina McHugh MBE and her passion to give a voice to women excluded from theatre and society to make bold and urgent theatre for political, social and personal change.

Location and dates

Level 2, Philip Robinson Library, Newcastle University
From February 2022

Poster for Newcastle on Stage: Theatre in the North East