Getting To Northern Stage  Book Access Tickets Online  Building Access 

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We are very proud that Northern Stage is a fully accessible building.

Getting to Northern Stage

Located on the University of Newcastle campus, Northern Stage can be accessed from either Claremont Road (opposite the Great North Museum: Hancock) or from the ramp off Barras Bridge (opposite Newcastle Civic Centre). See a map and info on public transport.

Book Access Tickets Online

We have recently upgraded our online booking system and you can now purchase access tickets via our website.

We hold back seats for our Captioned, Audio Described and BSL Interpreted performances for users of those services. These seats are located in the best place in the auditorium to make use of the relevant facility.

To book tickets held for caption, audio description or wheelchair users, log on to your account at Go to My Account > Other Preferences and update your access requirements. You will be then be able to select access tickets and purchase them online.

Building Access

There are two entrances to the theatre Kings Road Entrance (this is the taxi drop-off/collection point) and the Main Entrance.

Both level entrances have automated doors. These lead into the foyer area where you will find the Restaurant, Bar, Box Office and entrances to Stages 1, 2 and 3. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area.

  There are five wheelchair positions in Stage 1, two positions in Stage 2 and all seats are removeable in Stage 3.
  Accessible toilets in Stage 3 and Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.
Guide, hearing and all working dogs are welcome here

Induction loop system in all public spaces, and an infra-red system in all three stages.

(In Stage 1 the induction loop is best covered in rows E – L)

One free ticket for the assistant of a disabled person who is not able to attend unaccompanied.

At Box Office

At Box Office you can request:

  • Large Print brochures
  • Headsets for assisted listening

Audio described brochure

Access Performance Types 

We offer a range of methods to assist in your enjoyment of shows at Northern Stage. Look for the following symbols on individual show pages of the website, on our brochure or ask our box office for details.

BSL Signed Performance logo British Sign Language Interpreted performance
(Sign language interpreted performance for Deaf BSL users)
Audio Description logo Audio Described performance
(Live commentary via headphones for blind or partially sighted patrons)
Captioned Performance logo

Captioned performance
(English text displayed on a unit for deaf or hard of hearing patrons. For best visibility in Stage 1 we would advise rows E – L, anywhere in Stage 2 is fine.)

Touch Tour logo Touch Tour
(Tour of the set before the show for our visually impaired customers)
Relaxed Performance logo Relaxed Performance
To welcome audiences with learning disabilities, sensory or communication differences

Upcoming access performances at Northern Stage:

Captioned Performance logo

The Talented Mr Ripley - Thu 5 Mar, 7.30pm (Stage Text)

BLKDOG - Tue 10 Mar, 7.30pm
(This show features no spoken language and is accessible to deaf, partially deaf, EAL/ESOL and non-English speaking audiences.) 

Relaxed Performance logo

Here - Sat 28 Mar, 2.30pm

Captioned Performance logo

The Glee Club - Thu 30 Mar, 7.30pm

BSL Signed Performance logo

Medicine's Monstrous Daughters - Wed 1 Apr, 8pm 


Relaxed Performance logo

Moon Song - All performances are relaxed, Tue 5 May

BSL Signed Performance logo

Shandyland - Sat 16 May, 2.30pm (Faye Alvi)

Relaxed Performance logo
BSL Signed Performance logo

Shandyland - Tue 19 May, 7.30pm (Faye Alvi)

Captioned Performance logo

Shandyland - Wed 20 May, 7.30pm (Philip Armstrong)

BSL Signed Performance logo

Shandyland - Thu 21 May, 6pm (Faye Alvi)

Touch Tour logoAudio Description logo

Shandyland - Sat 23 May, 2.30pm (Michael Davies)
(Touch tours are usually 1hr30 mins before the performance start time)

BSL Signed Performance logo

Northern Stage Is Curious: 2020 - Sat 6 Jun, 7.45pm

BSL Signed Performance logo

The War Of The Worlds - Wed 17 Jun, 7.30pm

Relaxed Performance logo

The War Of The Worlds - Sat 20 Jun, 2.30pm

BSL Signed Performance logo

The Invisible Man - Fri 18 Sep, 8pm

Relaxed Performance logo

The Invisible Man - Sat 19 Sep, 2.30pm

Captioned Performance logo

Red EllenThu 24 Sep, 7pm 

Touch Tour logoAudio Description logo

Red Ellen - Sat 26 Sep, 2pm 
(Touch tours are usually 1hr 30 mins before the performance start time)

BSL Signed Performance logo

Red Ellen - Thu 24 Sep, 7pm 

Relaxed Performance logo

Red Ellen - Sat 3 Oct, 2pm 

Touch Tour logoAudio Description logo

GatsbySat 10 Oct, 2.30pm
(Touch tours are usually 1hr 30 mins before the performance start time)

Captioned Performance logo

Gatsby - Thu 15 Oct, 7.30pm 

Relaxed Performance logo

Gatsby - Sat 17 Oct, 2.30pm

BSL Signed Performance logo

Gatsby - Tue 13 Oct, 7.30pm

Touch Tour logo
Audio Description logo

The Sorcerer's ApprenticeSat 21 Dec, 1pm (Veronica Fyland)
(Touch tours are usually 1hr 30 mins before the performance start time)

Captioned Performance logo

The Sorcerer's ApprenticeSat 28 Dec, 1pm (Philip Armstrong)

Relaxed Performance logo

The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Sun 29 Dec, 1pm

BSL Signed Performance logo

The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Fri 3 Jan, 7pm (Caroline Ryan)

Audience Feedback

Pride And Prejudice* (*Sort Of)

"It was an engaging, well crafted and staged performance, with strong, brilliant performances by all the cast. Including the BSL interpreter as a member of the cast was clever and made her integral to the performance rather than stood at the side and being slightly disconnected."

Reasons To Stay Alive    

"I like captioned performances because they are more inclusive for the hearing impaired than signed shows.  Most people with hearing loss are not completely deaf and do not know sign language."


"Performance was amazing, actors were engaging, music and sensory experience were second to none. We need more of these performances. Venue was lovely, easily accessible, staff were brilliant with my son. All in all, a very inclusive experience."

Slime and Wolf!

"Many thanks for allowing us to have a familiarisation visit to the sets of 'Slime' and 'Wolf'. 

"We really appreciated having a look at the sets and meeting the actors on both occasions. It really helped my son to feel more confident about visiting. In the past he's cried and felt very anxious about various shows. However he really enjoyed these and felt much more relaxed.  We now feel confident for next time."