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Things to do in Newcastle

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Theatre Royal on Grey Street – 100 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BR, United Kingdom.
Theatre Royal on Grey Street

Theatre has a long history in the city. For fifteen years (1791–1806), Stephen Kemble of the well-known Kemble family oversaw Newcastle’s first Theatre Royal. He relocated members of his famous performing family to Newcastle, including Sarah Siddons and John Kemble. Stephen Kemble oversaw several memorable seasons at the theatre.

The old Newcastle Theatre Royal opened on 21 January 1788 on Mosley Street and was destroyed to make room for Grey Street, where its successor was constructed.

There are still several theatres in the city. The Theatre Royal on Grey Street, the largest theatre, constructed by John and Benjamin Green, opened in 1837 and has held a season of Royal Shakespeare Company performances as well as touring productions of West End musicals for over 25 years.

Other theatres in Newcastle

Tyne Theatre & Opera House

109-113 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AG, United Kingdom.

Phone: 0191 243 1171

Little Theatre

1 Saltwell View, Gateshead NE8 4JS, United Kingdom.

Phone: 0191 478 1499

The People’s Theatre

Stephenson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5QF, United Kingdom.

Phone: 0191 265 5020

Tyneside Cinema

10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QG, United Kingdom.

Phone: 0191 227 5500

Map showing Theatres in Newcastle

Literature and Libraries

Newcastle is well-known for its poetry scene. The Morden Tower, operated by poet Tom Picka Road, is a notable venue for poetry readings in the NortheaStreet, having hosted the inaugural reading of Briggflatts by Basil Bunting in 1965.
Morden Tower– 34-36 Stowell Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4XQ, United Kingdom.
Morden Tower
Literary and Philosophical Society – Bolbec Hall, 23 Westgate Road,Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE, United Kingdom .
Literary and Philosophical Society
The Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne (often referred to as the ‘Lit & Phil’) is the biggest independent library outside of London, with over 150,000 books. Its music library has 8,000 CDs and 10,000 LPs. The current Lit and Phil location was created by John and Benjamin Green in 1825.

Other libraries in Newcastle

Newcastle City Library

33 New Bridge Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AX, United Kingdom.

Phone: 0191 277 4100

Jesmond Library

St George’s Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2DL, United Kingdom.

Phone: 0191 281 2385

Gateshead Central Library

Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN, United Kingdom.

Phone: 0191 433 8410

Philip Robinson Library

Philip Robinson Library, Jesmond Road West, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HQ, United Kingdom.

Phone: 0191 208 7662

Map showing Libraries in Newcastle

Concert venues

The main venue for music performances is St. James Park, home of Newcastle United, which has also hosted Rugby League events and the Olympic Games in the past. The 11,000-seat Utilita Arena Newcastle, which opened in 1995 and showcases big pop and rock performances, is Newcastle’s second largest music arena.
Utilita Arena– Arena Way, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7NA, United Kingdom.
Utilita Arena

Other concert venues in Newcastle

Little Buildings

3-5 Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PW, United Kingdom.

Phone: 07539 235027

The Black Swan

67 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SG, United Kingdom.

Phone: 0191 261 5618

The Cluny

36 Lime Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ, United Kingdom.

Phone: 0191 230 4474

Jumpin’ Jacks

Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4EX, United Kingdom.

Phone: 07754 036233

Map showing concert venues in Newcastle

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