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Monday, 1 February 2016

News: An Exciting time for Tyne Theatre



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An Exciting time for Tyne Theatre & Opera House: Restoration, Fundraising & a TV Appearance!

It’s been just over a year since Tyne Theatre & Opera House was given a new lease of life when a new company, Tyne Theatre & Opera House Ltd was set up to operate and manage the building, and since then things have gone from strength to strength.

Alongside the Preservation Trust who own the building, Tyne Theatre & Opera House Ltd’s aim is to restore and protect the magnificent Grade 1 listed Victorian theatre so that future generations can continue to benefit from the remarkable building.

One year on, the future is looking incredibly bright for the theatre. 2016 is full of stellar shows, from huge comedy names such as Sarah Millican, Dylan Moran and Katherine Ryan to visits from touring shows such as the award-winning Avenue Q and Footloose: The Musical (with more shows still being booked!)

Not only do these great shows continue to draw in impressive audience figures, but we are thrilled to say that restoration of the theatre is slowly but steadily underway with various repairs and improvements. Redecoration of the theatre’s Bistro Bar is now complete thanks to hours of work from our dedicated volunteers, and many seats in the auditorium have been completely reupholstered with many more still to be replaced.

There is still much to be done, and this would not be possible without the hard work of our volunteers and generosity of the public. As a not-for-profit organization that receives no outside funding, Tyne Theatre & Opera House relies upon donations and fundraisers to ensure its continuing existence.

After the huge success of last year’s The Pirates of Penzance, this year’s fundraising production is Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street which takes place from Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5thMarch.

This production is presented by Friends of Tyne Theatre & Opera House, all of whom are volunteers, and is directed by professional actress Lynne Wilmot whose credits include the Les Miserables movie and National UK tour, London Road, Purely Belter, and the upcoming films from Disney and Universal respectively, Beauty and the Beast and The Huntsman Winter’s War. Performed with a large live orchestra, Sweeney Todd looks set to be another brilliant success.

Last but certainly not least, Tyne Theatre & Opera House is thrilled to be appearing on BBC1’s Inside Out on Monday 1st February at 7.30pm: a fantastic way to round-up a successful first year!

Theatre Director Joanne Johnson says: “I’m thrilled to be a part of the Tyne Theatre & Opera House team during this exciting time. As we begin to start restoration work on the beautiful building and our theatre programme continues to expand with a whole host of incredible shows, it’s great to see how many people are enthusiastic about our beautiful Victorian theatre.”

Tickets for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street can be purchased online at the following link: http://tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk/events/sweeney-todd-the-demon-barber-of-fleet-street-presented-by-friends-of-tyne-theatre-opera-house/
Tickets are priced from £8 - £13.



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