A Theatre for Everyone since 1867

Tyne Theatre & Opera House is a Grade I listed theatre, built in 1867 by industrialist and politician Joseph Cowen who envisioned ‘a Theatre for everyone’ during a time of heavy industry when life was hard. Over 150 years later, this remains at the heart of our ethos. We’re proud to be a warm and welcoming venue, with a varied programme of events offering something for everyone.

The building is owned and preserved by the Tyne Theatre & Opera House Preservation Trust and run by the Trust’s subsidiary company, Tyne Theatre and Opera House Ltd. We are an independent not-for-profit venue and a registered charity, with all profits going back into the maintenance and preservation of the building for the benefit of future generations.

Tyne Theatre & Opera House Ltd.

In January 2015 the Theatre was given a new lease of life when a subsidiary of the Trust, Tyne Theatre & Opera House Ltd., was set up to operate and manage the business. Together with the Preservation Trust, we are committed to restoring the Theatre to its former glory and raising the necessary funds to ensure its heritage is sustained for future generations.

Tyne Theatre & Opera House Preservation Trust

The Tyne Theatre & Opera House Preservation Trust became the freehold owner of the building in 2008. The first building protection group was started in the 1970’s when the building closed as the Stoll Picture Theatre, and agreed to lease the theatre to the Tyne Theatre Trust. All our Trustees are volunteers.

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
HR and Payroll Administrator: Laura Organ
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.


The objectives for which the Tyne Theatre & Opera House Preservation Trust (Charity Number 1120746) is established are;

(a) To acquire, restore and preserve for the benefit of the public at large the Grade I 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 artefacts 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 & Opera House recognises that:

  • 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 & 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


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