Tyne Theatre

Case Studies Tyne Theatre

Tyne Theatre

Project Type – Residential, Restoration / heritage


Taemar’s portfolio includes the celebrated work carried out on the historic Newcastle Tyne Theatre, the only remaining working Victorian theatre in the world, which was in disrepair and in danger of going out of business. Taemar restored the Grade 1 listed building before returning it back to the ownership of the city council.

The Tyne Theatre, which originally opened in 1867, is a 1,100 capacity theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne. The theatre boasts a rich heritage including key elements of outstanding national importance such as an extravagant auditorium and period wooden stage machinery.

One of only twenty-three Grade I listed theatres in Great Britain, the Tyne Theatre is now the world’s last remaining working Victorian Theatre; originally opened as the Tyne Theatre and Opera House. Although the Theatre has had many changes over the years, the external frontage remains loyal to its original 1867 condition.

In 2006 Taemar managed an internal restore of the venue, which was in disrepair and in danger of going out of business, before returning it back to the ownership of the Newcastle City Council. During the development the company was referred to by the local newspaper, The Journal as ‘A hero of the built environment’ for its work in protecting the cultural gem.

The history of the theatre throughout the 20th century has been one of versatility and enterprise to keep the theatre in use. This character and quality continues today, through a variety of live performances and flexible use of the building. The Tyne Theatre continues to flourish today as one of the premium theatre venues in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Project value £ Invaluable
Completion date 2006
Client Adderstone Group
Project Architect Ainsworth Spark Associates

“In embarking on and completing this restoration project and returning the building back to the ownership of Newcastle City Council, the company have truly proven to be heroes of the built environment.”

Brian Aitken
Editor, The Journal

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