Each year, our Pay it Forward appeal enables local children living in some of the more disadvantaged parts of the city to see the magical Northern Stage Christmas show for free.

In 2020 our Christmas show went digital, but thanks to generous donations from individuals and local businesses we were able to stream The Emperor’s New Clothes into schools and care settings across the region, free of charge.

This year, we’re delighted that our Epic Stage will once ring to the sound of excited children waiting to be transported to another world through the magic of theatre. All donations to our Pay it Forward appeal will be converted into tickets for our new enchanting production, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. The tickets will be distributed through schools and care settings to children and young people in need.

For many, this is their first introduction to live theatre; a medium that we believe can raise aspirations, increase confidence and improve self-esteem.

Donations of any size are welcome.

If you would like to give the gift of theatre this Christmas, make a donation by topping up your ticket for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice when you book online or speak with our Box Office – either in person or over the phone.

Quotes from children

“I have never been to Northern Stage before, I didn’t know that you were so good, when I saw the show I couldn’t believe my eyes because the show was so good. I really want to go back to the Northern Stage. Thank you again.” Marine Park Primary School pupil

“I have never been to the Northern Stage before so when I found out we were going, I was astonished. The whole experience was incredible.” Marine Park Primary School pupil

“Thank you for buying our school tickets. If it wasn’t for you we could not see the Snow Queen.” Byker Primary School pupil

“I want to thank you, for the free ticket and free buses and the best part about product I think was the reindeer. It was AMAZING!” Byker Primary School pupil

Many thanks to our donors so far:

MHL Building Services Ltd
Ward Hadaway
Watsons Timber Ltd
Working IT Solutions Ltd