Newcastle Theatre Royal
The Theatre Royal is situated at 100 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, near to Grey’s monument.
If you are coming by bus there are a number of routes which pass near to the theatre. Please call Stage Coach for further information.
The nearest Metro station is Monument which is less than one minute’s walk away. You can travel free on the Metro with your theatre ticket (up to two hours before and after the performance) – simply retain your theatre ticket for inspection by Metro Staff.
If you are coming by train the nearest station is Newcastle Central, which is a 20 minute walk from the theatre. If you wish to take a taxi there’s a taxi rank outside the station. Patrons can be dropped off outside the main entrance to the theatre.
Car parking is available at John Dobson St car park which is open until 11pm. New Bridge St car park closes at 10pm, Dean Street and Quayside car parks are open 24 hours. There are two parking spaces for Blue Badge Holders on Shakespeare St. and three spaces on Hood St. Most parking meters are free to Blue Badge Holders.
There are four sets of half glazed double doors at the front of the theatre, with a pillar in between each set. The doors to the left as you face the theatre are automatic. The other doors open both ways, but are usually pinned open prior to a performance. When you enter through the main doors, you will find yourself in the large foyer area. The box office is located in the foyer, on the left at the bottom of the stairs as you come in through the main doors.
You can collect your headsets from the main foyer, at the information and sweet kiosk. This is situated at the back of the foyer. You can also collect braille and large print cast lists from here. There are always staff located at the kiosk, who will be happy to help you should you require any assistance.
If you would like to listen to the introductory notes 15 minutes before the start of the performance, you should collect your headset in good time to take your seat.
There are four levels – the main foyer, the Grand Circle, the Upper Circle and the Gallery. There are toilets on all levels, and the doors to the toilets open away from you.
There are bars on all levels except the Gallery. The entrance to the stalls bar is to your left after entering the foyer through the main doors. There are eight steps up. Here you will also find Caffe Teatro, which is open from 9am for coffees, cakes and pastries and also serves lunch and dinner. Booking is advisable. The number to call is given at the end of this information.
There are two sets of stairs in the main foyer. The stairs to the right of the foyer take you up to the Grand Circle level, and the stairs on the left go up to all levels. There is also a lift situated to the left, just in front of the stairs.
The Theatre Royal opened in 1837. The auditorium is decorated in cream and gold with red velvet red drapes around the boxes. It seats 1,267 people. The seating is on a slope down towards the stage and is arranged on four levels – stalls, grand circle, upper circle and gallery. The seats fold up when not occupied. There are boxes on the grand and upper circle levels.
In the stalls the seating is in one block with an aisle either side. Row F in the stalls is usually reserved for audio description bookers. In the grand and upper circles the seating is in three blocks with aisles in between. There are steps leading down towards the stage. The side aisles have handrails.
To get to the stalls from the main foyer, enter through either of the two entrances either side of the kiosk at the back of the foyer. There are five steps down into the stalls.
Please note that this information has been supplied by the venue and although every effort has been made to check details, you may still have some queries. In this case, we would ask you to contact the theatre direct for clarification.
Useful information and contact numbers
At the Theatre Royal Newcastle Guide dogs are allowed in the auditorium. Guide dog care outside of the auditorium is available should you wish. If you are bringing a dog, you will probably have informed the box office on making your booking. However, if you have not, could you please let the theatre know by calling 0191 244 2500. You can leave a message on this number.
To book a table at Caffé Teatro, call 0191 244 2510, or visit the website www.theatreroyal.co.uk, where there is also further information about the theatre.
If you have any other queries about your visit to the Theatre Royal, please call Ian Taylor, House Manager on 0191 244 2514 or email [email protected]