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Arts in Newcastle Upon Tyne - From Theater, Dance, and Classical Music to Contemporary Art

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If you like visual art with a contemporary vibe, you'll find plenty to catch your eye in Newcastle Upon Tyne. But if you prefer old-school brushwork, you won't be disappointed. The city's repertoire of performing arts is equally wide, embracing classical music and experimental drama. You can enjoy them all in grand theatres and galleries endowed by 19th-century plutocrats, and in newer venues that are striking examples of contemporary architecture.

theatre and dance


Newcastle Upon Tyne is northeast England's liveliest city when it comes to music and dance. Large and small theatres and halls in the city centre host light-hearted operetta, musical shows, and variety theatre. Many of Britain's leading drama, opera, and ballet ensembles are frequent visitors to venues such as the historic Theatre Royal.


Theatre Royal


Newcastle Upon Tyne's grand old theatre is a triumph of Victorian architecture. Built in 1837 and renovated in 2011, it hosts visiting companies including Northern Ballet, Opera North, Rambert Dance Company, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.


Grey Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 6BRTel: +44 8448 112 121


Theatre Royal website


Northern Stage


Northern Stage's resident company has built a reputation for contemporary drama. This modern theatre also hosts visitors such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre of Scotland, as well as edgy experimental groups.


Barras Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 7RH. Tel: +44 191 230 515


Northern Stage website

City centre art galleries


In the centre of Newcastle Upon Tyne, you'll find a long-established artistic legacy. Galleries and museums in this part of the city include the Laing Art Gallery, with a fine array of Victorian works. At the Hatton Gallery on the Newcastle University campus, you can admire a collection that spans 600 years, from the Renaissance to the 20th century. For a taste of 21st-century art, visit BALTIC 39, a creative hub of practicing artists.


Laing Art Gallery


Paintings by 19th-century masters are the stars at Newcastle's flagship art collection. The work of contemporary artists and artisans from northeast England is celebrated in the Northern Spirit gallery.


Higham Place, New Bridge Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 8AG . Tel: +44 191 232 7734


Laing Art Gallery website




You can admire the work of more than 30 resident artists at BALTIC 39, the city-centre annex of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.


31-39 High Bridge Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 1EW. Tel: +44 191 262 3830


BALTIC 39 website


Classical music


Newcastle Upon Tyne has a long tradition of hosting performances by some of the world's leading classical music ensembles. Since opening in 2004, Sage Gateshead has become the city's premier venue for orchestral and symphonic music. It's a stunning piece of modern architecture in glass and gleaming metal, with superb acoustics.


Sage Gateshead


Sage Gateshead is home to the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Britain's leading chamber music ensemble. It also hosts visiting companies like the Royal Northern Philharmonia and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Its Folkworks program promotes traditional music, song, and dance.


St. Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE18 2JR. Tel: +44 191 443 4661


Sage Gateshead website


Gateshead art galleries


The opening of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in 2002 kick-started Newcastle Upon Tyne's reputation as an exciting hub for visual arts. It also shifted the cultural centre of balance from the city centre to fast-regenerating Gateshead. A striking example of 20th-century industrial architecture, it's housed in a former flour mill on the south bank of the Tyne. Also in Gateshead, the Shipley Art Gallery will appeal if innovative contemporary art isn't your thing.


BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art


You can expect to be surprised by the art on offer at BALTIC. With its constantly changing exhibitions and events, the venue has built a reputation for showing work that challenges and inspires, as well as infuriating more tradition-bound visitors.


South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Newcastle NE8 3BA . Tel: +44 191 478 1810


BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art website


Shipley Art Gallery


If the kind of art that BALTIC celebrates isn't your cup of tea, you'll be happier at Shipley Art Gallery. This collection includes works by 16th-century and 17th-century Dutch masters and some fine Victorian portraits and landscapes.


Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE8 4JB. Tel: +44 191 477 1495


Shipley Art Gallery website