About Us

Tyne Theatre & Opera House offers the best in Music, Comedy and Theatre and is run by the Preservation Trust's subsidiary, Tyne Theatre and Opera House Ltd.

The Tyne Theatre and Opera House is a Grade 1 listed theatre rated “in the top 4% of listed buildings” by English Heritage and is afforded a three star (the highest) rating by the Theatres Trust, “a very fine theatre of the highest theatrical and architectural quality”.

The importance of the architectural and theatrical heritage of the building is also recognised by The Associated of Historic Theatres in Europe and OISTAT (the International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Technicians and Architects).

Tyne Theatre & Opera House Limited

Back in January 2015 the theatre was given a new lease of life when a new operating company, Tyne Theatre & Opera House Ltd was set up to operate and manage the business.

The Limited Company is the Preservation Trust’s subsidiary. Together with the operating company, the Trustees of the Tyne Theatre & Opera House Preservation Trust are committed to restoring the theatre to its former glory and raising the necessary funds to ensure that its heritage is sustained for future generations.

As a non-profit organisation, we could not do this without your help, and just by visiting the theatre you are helping to keep its wonderful heritage alive. There is still much to be done, and this would not be possible without the hard work of our volunteers and generosity of the public.

Theatre Director: Joanne Johnson
Theatre Events Administrator: Heather Foo
Sales & Marketing Executive: Lena Moss
Marketing Assistant: Bridie Lonsdale
Financial Controller: Joyce Payne
Finance Assistant: Emily Brunton
Box Office Manager: Gemma Bateman
Box Office Supervisor: Adam Vandriwala
Technical Manager: Gary Ward
Senior Technician: Peter Millican
Stage and Events Co-ordinator: Peter Towler
Building Maintenance & Stage Technician: Steve Thompson
Front of House Manager: Jenifer Miller
Bar Manager: James Horner
Fundraising Officer: Riikka Heiskanen

With many casual staff members and volunteers.

Tyne Theatre & Opera House Preservation Trust

Charity Number 1120746

The Tyne Theatre & Opera House Preservation Trust became the freehold owner of the building in 2008.

The objectives for which the Tyne Theatre & Opera House Preservation Trust is established are;

(a) To acquire, restore and preserve for the benefit of the public at large the Grade One Listed Building known as The Tyne Theatre and Opera House;
(b) The advancement of public education in all aspects of the dramatic arts by the presentation and production of plays and other expressions of drama including the commissioning of new works and the mounting of public performances and the mounting of classes, exhibitions and demonstrations of dramatic arts and theatre technology;
(c) The advancement of public education in theatre technology by the preservation, conservation and exhibition of machinery and technology of the performing arts and the interpretation of such artifacts and their historical context;
(d) The advancement of public education in all aspects of the arts including music and music theatre, drama, decorative and visual arts, dance, ballet, circus, music hall and comedy and variety performance.

The Tyne Theatre and Opera House Preservation Trust has plans to undertake a major refurbishing of the Tyne Theatre over the next few years with the auditorium and stage machinery being restored back to their Victorian roots as well as the creation of an education and heritage centre.


The Tyne Theatre and Opera House recognises that:

  • The welfare of people, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, or immigration status have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.
  • This extends to recognising and reporting harm experienced anywhere, including within our activities, within other organised community or voluntary activities, in the community, in the person’s own home and in any care setting.
  • Actions taken by Tyne Theatre and Opera House will be consistent with the principles of safeguarding ensuring that any action taken is prompt and proportionate
  • Our policies for safeguarding children and adults can be viewed below. The policies are reviewed every year.

Safeguarding children and young people

Safeguarding adults

Our Trustees

Michael John Wilmot – Chair
Alan Butland – Secretary
James Lamb – Treasurer
Richard Harris
Barry Speker OBE DL
James Lloyd
John Richardson
Ros Dougal
John Dougal
Leigh Scott

If you have any enquiries or would like to know more about the Trust, please contact info@tynetheatretrust.org or call +44 (0)191 243 1172