Tyne Theatre and Opera House Preservation Trust  

Beneath the Boards returns, for it's final season, as part of the highly anticipated Heritage Open Days 2013!

Inspired by stories and real events from the Theatre’s active use as a palace of popular entertainment in Newcastle, Beneath the Boards goes underneath (and around) the facts to reveal the dilemmas and delights that have inspired management, performers and audiences over the past 146 years.

The magnificent 19th Century auditorium and original Victorian under-stage machinery (unique in Britain) is brought to life by actors from Newcastle College Performance Academy in a script by Benjamin Schwarz and Dale Pearson directed by Christopher Campbell.

Discover the people who made the theatre great through the ages; tread the boards alongside the players in a Victorian pantomime, hear from people across the ages about what they came to see and go under the stage and learn the dark secrets of the theatre’s ghost... if you dare!

Beneath the Boards is a collaborative production with Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle College, Gateshead College and Cleveland College of Art & Design and the Tyne Theatre and Opera House Preservation Trust, presenting an opportunity to completely immerse yourself in the history of the theatre, and even to become a part of it!   

Dates & Times:

Thursday 12th September: Tour 1030, 1300 & 1500

Friday 13th September: Tour 1030, 1300 & 1530

Saturday 14th September: Tour 1030, 1300 & 1500

Sunday 15th September: Tour 1300 & 1500

Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre

119 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne & Wear, NE1 4AG


Advanced booking is advisable however bookings will be taken on the door whilst spaces are available.

Booking contact: Philippa Leith/Brian Debnam

Tel: 0191 241 5893

Bookings open: 1st August 10.00

Bookings closed: 15th September 15.00


Toilets and baby changing facilities in the Theatre are easily accessible. The Theatre is Victorian and a Grade 1 listed building. As such there are varying ceiling heights and uneven floors and stairs.