The theatre was built in 1867 by industrialist and politician, Joseph Cowen -at his own cost and with his own bricks. It was a time of heavy industry when life was hard and when the warmth, light and escapism of the theatre answered a major need for the workers. The Tyne Theatre and Opera House was built especially for those people.
The Grade I listed building is a unique creation of that era. With its lavish auditorium, outstanding acoustics and original Victorian understage machinery, the Tyne Theatre produced entertainment that amazed the audiences of the time and brought them back asking for more.
The one hour tour of the building will explore all areas, including the understage, backstage and many other secret areas never seen on a normal visit. Your tour guide will reveal the theatre’s fascinating history, and highlight tales of its stars, its shows and even its ghosts.
Tours cost £5. Max. 25 people per tour.
Visitors with restricted mobility will have limited access. Tour includes lots of steps and comfortable shoes are recommended.
To book a place on one of our tours online, click the link above.
Bookings can also be made via the Eventim booking hotline on 0844 249 1000, or in person via our box office. (Opening times 10 – 3.30pm Monday – Friday)
Tours for groups are also available upon request.
For groups (recommended minimum of 10 and maximum of 25) the charge is a total of £60.
You can order Tea/Coffee & Biscuits @ £2 per person or Tea/Coffee & Cakes @ £3 per person.
Educational and senior groups have a special charge of £20.00 (with teachers’ pack provided upon request).
To book your tour, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo “High Viewpoint” by Jake Cook