Happy Birthday Northern Stage

Happy Birthday

In 1969, planning permission was granted for the erection of a new theatre on the Barras Bridge site.  In 1970, the University Theatre opened its doors to the public.  Now, 40 years on, the theatre is turning the ripe old age of 40.

To celebrate our 40th birthday year, we’ll be hosting a whole host of events and productions that you can see, watch and even get involved in.  We’ll be looking back over the last 40 years that have seen some extraordinary theatre and events taking place right in the heart of Newcastle.  But they do say Life Begins at 40, and we’ll also be looking forward to the next 40 years of making theatre. 

One of our headline projects is Northern Stages; a global conversation about northernness with 40 artists from across the globe.  It’ll see some past favourites return to the theatre, including legendary director Peter Brook, as well as introducing Newcastle to some new theatre-makers.   Visit www.northernstages.co.uk to find out more.

We’ve also recurited 40 babies and their parents for our First Steps project which will introduce new children to the theatre – click here for more details.  The Northern Stage staff have already walked 40 miles and our big 40th Birthday Summer Fete was a great success in July.


Life Begins at 40: 40 babies, 40 events, 40 cakes, 40 miles, 40 seats, 40 reasons to celebrate.

40 Babies

Our big birthday project, First Steps, introducing some very tiny people and their parents to the theatre. 
Click here for more details.

40 Artists

40 artists from around the world tell us what it means to be Northern. 
Visit our sister site here.

40 Seats

You can buy one of 40 birthday seats in the theatre this year. 
Click here to put your name down.

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