Following government advice issued yesterday (Monday 16 March) in response to the COVID-19 epidemic, we are today announcing the suspension of all public performances at Northern Stage from today until Sunday 19 April 2020. 

This is an unprecedented situation and a very difficult decision for us to have to make.  We are busily working with our producing partners and visiting companies to understand the impact on our programme and the many artists and organisations we make work with. Where possible we will try to reschedule work for later in the year. 

We are also reviewing the activity we deliver with our Young Company, community partners, and artists across the region, and re-imagining how we might deliver this over the coming weeks.  

There is no doubt that COVID-19 will have a significant impact on Northern Stage, and on the many artists and organisations, we work with each year.  Without you visiting us at Northern Stage or buying tickets for our work, our income is severely impacted.  Northern Stage is a registered charity, but over 60% of our annual funding comes from earned income, like ticket sales. 

As we take decisions over the coming weeks, please know that we will be considering their impact on the many casual staff, freelancers, artists and small companies that we work with, and will try to ensure we act fairly, transparently and in the best interest of our whole sector.

If you have purchased tickets for a performance between now and Monday 20 April, you will automatically receive an email or letter from us offering to change your tickets for another event and setting out your other options.

We are also inviting our customers to consider making a donation or donating the value of purchased tickets to the theatre, to ensure we can weather this difficult period and get up and running again.

We will continue to be your Northern Stage.  We are creative, and resilient, and are already thinking up ways to bring you great stories and theatre over the coming weeks.  We'll be keeping in touch via our website and social media.

Thank you to all of you who have sent kind messages over the last few hours; we are incredibly grateful for our brilliant staff, artists, and our incredibly generous audiences.  

We hope to see you back at Northern Stage very soon.

Kate Denby

Executive Director