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Preview: Carl Hutchinson is Allowed to Play Out Again at Newcastle Tyne Theatre

Tyne Theatre & Opera House announce a socially distanced show for October 2020

Carl Hutchinson is Allowed to Play Out Again
Newcastle Tyne Theatre and Opera House
Saturday 10th October 2020

The Tyne Theatre and Opera House have announced their first show with an audience since before lockdown. Comedian Carl Hutchinson will be taking to the Tyne Theatre stage on Saturday 10th October 2020 for an hour of stand-up to a socially distanced audience.

Tickets for Carl Hutchinson is Allowed to Play Out Again’, which went on sale on Monday 7th September, are being sold in social bubbles of two and four – and are selling fast. In addition to the socially distanced seating, the theatre is taking numerous other precautions to ensure the safety of their staff and audiences including the compulsory wearing of masks and temperatures being taken on arrival.

The Tyne Theatre hosted a series of free live stream shows over the summer including numerous comedy streams hosted by Carl Hutchinson. These shows were part of the theatre’s ‘Be Our Ghost Light’ campaign, to raise donations in support of the venue facing a dramatic loss of income.

Theatre Director Joanne Johnson has said “our LIVE from the Tyne events were a great way for us to continue to entertain even when we couldn’t have people in the auditorium. However, there is nothing that can match the joy and atmosphere of live entertainment, with an audience right there in the room. We can’t wait to reopen our doors and safely welcome back our patrons for this significant and special show.”

Tyne Theatre and Opera House is known for having a strong comedy programme with names such as Sarah Millican, Chris Ramsey, Romesh Ranganathan,  Vic and Bob, Dylan Moran, Katherine Ryan, Ed Byrne, Count Arthur Strong, Ben Elton and James Acaster all having taken to the Tyne Theatre stage in the last five years. It seems only fitting that the venue reopens with a celebration of comedy.

Carl Hutchinson has said “The Tyne Theatre is such an important venue to me. It was the first big venue in Newcastle I sold out under my own name. There’s something about that room that’s just perfect for comedy. I was proud to be the guy leading the way with the LIVE from the Tyne comedy streams and am absolutely thrilled to be the first person playing it post-lockdown. I’m a massive fan of comedy and I hope people can see that in the show. Bring it on!”

As an independent venue, the Tyne Theatre and Opera House relies entirely on ticket sales and donations to survive and keep the theatre’s 150+ year heritage alive. In addition to buying tickets for upcoming shows, you can also support the theatre directly by donating, joining their Friends’ Club or naming a seat.

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Safety Information During COVID-19 (read before booking) – please note this information is only valid for this show and will be reviewed and updated if necessary


·        Tickets can only be booked in social bubbles of 2 or 4 seats. All ticket sales are online, the box office is currently closed. The theatre capacity has significantly reduced to ensure social distancing is adhered to for your safety. We are unable to remove seating and seats which are to be unoccupied will be clearly marked.

·        Accessible Booking can be made by emailing  Please note wheelchair bays are limited and will be on a first come first served basis.

·        Details taken during booking will be used for track and trace purposes.

·        Tickets are ‘Print at Home’ only – these can be shown on a phone or tablet and don’t need to be printed.

·        All tickets must be bought in advance, we will not be selling tickets at the venue on the night of the show.

What we would like you to do before coming to the theatre

·        Please ensure no members of your party have been displaying symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
·        Please ensure no members of your party’s respective households or social circles have been around those displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
·        Please do not arrive at the Theatre too early, doors to seats will be open 45 minutes before the performance.
·        Ensure all of your party have face masks, face masks are available for those who forget however we will ask for a £2.00 donation.

What to expect when you arrive at the theatre

·        We are using separate entry points into the Theatre on Westgate Road, please ensure you know which entry point is yours. Look out for the signs as you approach.
·        All patrons will have their temperature taken on entry (contactless)
·        Please have your printed tickets or tickets on your phone ready for contactless scanning with the bar code face up, held away from you.
·        Drinks & snacks will be available with service at your seats. Contactless/card payment only, no cash can be taken.

What to do when you’re at the theatre

·        Please be mindful of other patrons and social distance at all times.
·        Use the hand sanitisers which are located throughout the building.
·        Move around the building staying to the left hand side of stairs and corridors.
·        Wear your mask at all times unless you are eating or drinking.
·        Please remain in your allocated seat, seating has been blocked off for your safety.
·        When the show is finished we ask all patrons to remain seated until directed by staff. Staggered exit is in place to ensure social distancing is adhered to.
·        Please be patient with our staff and new procedures as we work hard to ensure everyone’s safety.

What the theatre is doing to ensure patron and staff safety

·        We will ensure all staff have not been displaying symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
·        We will ensure all staffs respective households or social circles have not been around those displaying symptoms of COVID-19
·        Each staff member will have their temperature taken prior to starting work
·        All staff will be wearing face protection & gloves at all times
·        Prior to each performance the auditorium is fully disinfected
·        Increased and enhanced cleaning schedules are in place in advance and during all events.
·        Please note the Theatre has male and female staff cleaning toilets
·        There are screened off areas for staff to work in safely, please do not enter these areas

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