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About Live Theatre

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Live Theatre is recognised as one of the great new writing theatres on the international stage. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne it is deeply rooted in its community and produces work as varied and diverse as the audiences it engages with. A high proportion of its work –transfers to London, including the West End, and tours to other venues across the UK and internationally. It is critically and publicly acclaimed with one of its 2016 productions gaining a BBC Radio 4 Front Row listeners nomination for the best regional theatre production of the year and another gaining the same recognition from readers of The Guardian. 

“One of the most fertile crucibles of new writing” The Guardian

As well as championing the art of writing for stage by producing and presenting new plays, Live Theatre finds, nurtures and trains creative talent and uses theatre to unlock the potential of young people.

Live Theatre is British Theatre’s best kept secret. [It] has supported generation after generation of new writers, actors and theatre artists.” Lee Hall, Playwright

The theatre is a beautifully restored and refurbished complex of five Grade II listed buildings with state-of-the-art facilities in a unique historical setting including both cabaret style theatre and studio theatres. In 2016 Live Garden, an outdoor performance space, and Live Tales, a centre for children and young people’s creative story writing, were added.

Live Tales creative writing workshops are free to schools and designed to inspire children and young people to go on a journey into their imaginations build their self-confidence, communication skills and self-respect.  Live Theatre’s work in education and participation is award-winning and includes the largest free drama education and participation programme in the region

Founded in 1973, Live Theatre is a national leader in developing new strategies for increasing income and assets for the charity. To sustain and extend its artistic programme it has diversified its income streams including the RIBA and Civic Trust Award-winning Live Works, the development of commercial property for rental income; award winning gastro pub The Broad Chare; The Schoolhouse, a hub for creative businesses, and on-line interactive playwriting course www.beaplaywright.com

“Additional intelligent capital spending on projects yielding new, long-term revenues would involve construction and would guarantee additional economic activity.  Look at the new restaurants in London’s Southbank Centre or the gastro-pub in which Newcastle’s Live Theatre is a partner.  These are shrewd investments whose revenues help secure the future of the institutions they support.” - Peter Bazalgette, formerChair of ACE, in The Financial Times

Live Theatre is funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation, Newcastle City Council through the Newcastle Culture Investment Fund managed by the Community Foundation, and by other trusts and foundations.

For more information visit www.live.org.uk.