Theatre & Dance

Culture in Newcastle: Theatre and Dance

Newcastle has a wide range of independent and mainstream venues, which provide a lively calendar of plays, musicals and dance performances.



There are a range of theatre venues in Newcastle, including:

  • Theatre Royal, which hosts the Royal Shakespeare Company and Opera North every year
  • Live Theatre, hosting smaller, independent productions
  • The City Hall, a popular venue for live music and comedy
  • The Tyne Theatre, hosting plays, music and comedy acts
  • The People's Theatre, a premier amateur dramatics company with its own theatre
  • Northern Stage - the largest producing theatre company in the North East of England, right on the University campus


There are a range of dance opportunities in Newcastle. 

Dance City offers regular workshops, performances and dance classes, while the Theatre Royal hosts the likes of the Rambert dance company and many ballets.

In addition, Metro Radio Arena holds touring dance events such as Strictly Come Dancing Live, Dancing on Ice Live and Cirque Du Solei.