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A North East that writes its own story and fights for a more creative future.

Live Theatre is one of England’s only venues outside of London dedicated exclusively to new work. Having launched and supported many of the country’s leading playwrights, Live now has a global reputation for its original, bold and deeply authentic productions rooted in the soil of the North East. From developing the creative voices of schoolchildren through to showcasing top world talent on our stage, Live Theatre’s mission is:

To unearth the rich and unexpected narratives of our region

To nurture creativity and bring passionate ideas to life

To be a space that unites people and ignites imaginations

Based on the Quayside in central Newcastle, Live Theatre is made up of a stunningly characterful main theatre, an adaptable studio space, a series of writing and rehearsal rooms, an atmospheric bar and the Lives Tales creative writing centre. We are known for our innovative business model, managing properties and enterprises in our immediate area to help funnel investment into artists and new work. In everything we do our values remain:

Care for our people, communities and environment

Integrity in our ethical, authentic way of working

Adventure in our pursuit of the new, the surprising and the unknown

Openness to new people, influences and possibilities

The Live Theatre Experience

"One of the most fertile crucibles of new writing"

The Guardian

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