THEATRE RE-OPENS AFTER RESTORATION

Costing a whopping £4.9 million, the six-month project to reconstruct the Grade I-listed Victorian auditorium at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal is now complete ahead of the theatre’s 175th birthday next year.

Inside the newly-restored Victorian auditorium at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

Inside the newly-restored Victorian auditorium at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.
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Everything from carpets, brasswork, light fittings and wallpaper to lost tilework and ornate gold-leaf plasterwork has been meticulously recreated from original 1901 designs, photographs and catalogues by specialist craftsmen from across Europe.
Including both renovation of the interior and exterior, the restoration work has recaptured the grand style of Victorian architect Frank Matcham’s 1901 design while introducing 21st century standards of luxury and improved energy and carbon efficiency. Seats are now more comfortable, with extra leg room and a better view of the stage, plus there are two new luxury boxes in the Grand Circle, and an impressive amphitheatre in the Gallery.
Lighting, air conditioning and technical facilities have all been upgraded; foyers, toilets and stairways have been renovated, and there is an all-new restaurant for theatregoers. Access for wheelchair users has also been considerably improved.
Group discounts are available on most performances.
For more information telephone 0844 811 2122.