Skip to main content

Coronavirus Update: Live Theatre closed

This is just an interval!

We hope all our friends, supporters, audiences, Live Youth Theatre Members, creative associates, volunteers and those we are yet to meet, are staying safe and well throughout these challenging times.

We will continue to work behind the scenes to ensure we are well-positioned to bring you another brilliant programme of plays, events and creative opportunities, once the doors to Live Theatre re-open.

Our creative opportunities for 10 Mins To..., Bursaries and Script Submissions are now closed.  Thank you to everyone who has got involved.  We have a small team working through all submissions and we will share news on plans for any developments as soon as we can.  We appreciate your patience at this time.  Please note that we are not able to provide feedback on any submissions we are not intending to develop.

There are so many stories still to tell. The spotlight will shine bright once again on our stage.  

THEATRE will be LIVE soon!

Live Theatre's Chief Executive Jim Beirne update 15 July 2020, after the interval...

Read the latest update from Live Theatre's Chief Executive, Jim Beirne - 15 July 2020.

Live Theatre statement 31 March 2020

Amidst the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Live Theatre’s staff and Board are committed to doing all we can to ensure Live Theatre reopens as soon as possible and work can continue as soon as it is safe to do so.

After reviewing the latest updates from the UK Government, Live Theatre’s Board has made the difficult decision to furlough some of the Theatre’s staff (leave of absence).

In this continually evolving situation, we will continue to monitor developments and recommendations as they arise, providing further updates.

This measure is required in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of Live Theatre and its creative programme and to support the continued employment and livelihoods of the team, our creative associates and the freelance sector.

Be assured, that during this time, there will be a small team continuing to work from their homes to provide communications, process payments, manage enquiries etc.

Creative opportunities remain open for script submissions, 10 Minutes To... and applications for Live Theatre Bursaries.

Work will continue towards re-opening the doors to Live Theatre as soon as the lockdown is lifted and we aim to bring you another brilliant programme of plays, events and creative opportunities.

Thank you once again to all those who have very kindly made donations instead of ticket refunds, your very generous support during this difficult time is really appreciated.

In the meantime, please check out FAQs here.

Enquiries to:

Donate/Buy A Gift Voucher/Become A Friend

Updated Fri 27 March 2020

In response to the advice from the UK Government with regards to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Live Theatre is closed and all events and activities suspended until further notice.

Our primary concern remains the safety and wellbeing of our audiences, participants, staff and the Live Theatre community and we continue to do all we can to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus.

We have made contact with all ticket holders with options for:

· A full refund

· Credit to their account valid for 12 months from re-opening

· Donating the face value of their tickets

However, If you are a ticket holder and have not heard from us, please email and we will process your preference.

We have been humbled by the incredible generosity from customers and donors and the support shown to Live Theatre and the wider theatre and cultural industry.

We understand that in these challenging times not everyone is in a position to make a donation so we will ensure that credits or refunds are processed as promptly as possible.

As a charity and a new writing theatre, a community of theatre makers depend on us to support their livelihood. We would encourage you, if you are in a position to, by making a donation that you can comfortably afford, becoming a Friend of Live Theatre, or by purchasing a gift voucher so others can enjoy the gift of theatre, we would be very grateful.

In the coming weeks we will continue to share creative content so do continue to follow us on our social media channels. Myself and the team are working hard from the safety of our homes to plan for re-opening and we hope to see you soon.

Stay safe

Jim Beirne

Coronavirus Update: Live Theatre closed until further notice

Further to advice issued on Monday 16 March by the UK Government with regards to the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Live Theatre has taken the decision to temporarily close from Tuesday 17 March 2020.

All Live Theatre events and activities will be suspended with immediate effect and the venue will remain closed until further notice.

Our primary concern is the safety and health of our audiences, participants and staff and we wish to do all we can to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus.  We would like to express our thanks for the continued support of our audiences and hope to re-open as soon as possible following government recommendations. We will be contacting all ticketholders with regard to claiming refunds for cancelled performances. We would appreciate your patience at this time.

Live Theatre is a charitable enterprise and we would encourage those that can afford to donate the cost of their ticket in lieu of a refund to show support for the theatre industry, to do so.

Updates will be posted on our webpage and social media. We would like to thank you for your understanding and hope to welcome audiences back to Live Theatre as soon as safely possible.

Jim Beirne, Live Theatre Chief Executive

We regret to announce that the forthcoming shows have been cancelled:

Time To Take A Stand, Fri 3 - Sun 5 Apr

Whose Live Is It Anyway, Sat 4 & Sun 5 Apr

Braids + Cheer Up Slug, Thu 16 - Sat 25 Apr

Far Gone, Fri 1 & Sat 2 May

One Jewish Boy, Thu 14 & Fri 15 May

10 Minutes to...Call Home, Sun 17 May

Northumbria University BA Showcase, Thu 21 - Sat 23 May

Family Fables, Sat 23 May

Slutty Little Goldfish, Fri 29 May

Mugabe, My Dad & Me, Tue 2 & Wed 3 Jun

A Way Home, Fri 5 & Sat 6 Jun

A Rich Seam, Sat 6 Jun

Children of the Night, Thu 18 Jun - Sat 11 Jul

Where to Belong, Tue 23 & Wed 24 Jun

Muff Said, Thu 23 - Sat 25 Jul

In light of this situation we are happy to either:

1. Arrange a refund
2. Credit your account (credits are valid for 12 months from re-opening)
3. Accept the value of your ticket(s) as a donation to Live Theatre (as a charity any support would be appreciated) 

To arrange a refund/credit on your account or to donate the cost of your ticket please contact us with your preference:

* In the first instance, please email 
* If you are unable to email, call our Box Office on 0191 232 1232 and leave a voicemail message with your contact details and we will get back to you as soon as we are able

We would appreciate your patience and support during this time as we work through all bookings.  

We sincerely apologise for the disappointment and inconvenience this has caused. We will be in contact with you if we are able to reschedule any of these shows.

Live Theatre's offices are still open at present.

Please continue to check Live Theatre's website and/or social media channels for any further updates.

  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund


See What's On