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News: Alphabetti Theatre extends opening hours in a bid to support their local community through the cost of living crisis.

Alphabetti Theatre extends opening hours in a bid to support their local community through the cost of living crisis.

The independent, community-led theatre in the heart of Newcastle aims to provide a free and inclusive space for all.

From October 18th, the grassroots theatre on St. James Boulevard will open between 11am and 11pm (Tuesday-Saturday) - offering the city’s residents the option to convene in a warm, welcoming and creative space.

As Founder and Artistic/Executive Director Ali Pritchard explains:  “It’s going to be grim for most of us, so we want to open up our space for everyone with no pressure to spend money, where we can all have a mint time without it costing the world!”

Alphabetti Theatre is a relatively new player on the North East cultural scene, but their reputation has grown at a stratospheric speed in recent years. Having been nominated as a finalist in the ‘Best Cultural Venues’ category at North East Culture Awards, placing as second ‘Best Fringe Theatre’ in the UK 2020, and becoming the only theatre in the country with two shows selected in The Stage’s ‘Best of 2021’ list.

Here’s what Alphabetti will be offering in the hope of helping their community this winter:

- Free internet access

- Free electricity access

- Free heat/warm space

- Free sit-in and read play/poetry library

- Free colouring in/arts and crafts activities

- Free pool table (beginning November 2022)

- Pay what you feel printing, photocopying and scanning facilities

- £1 mugs of Tea, Coffee and hot/cold cordial (free to those who can’t afford it)

- Cheese toasties for £2.50 (vegan & gluten free available)

- Good tunes

- Amazing staff and excellent vibes

- Occasional cuddles with the theatre dog Rex, when he’s in!

Alphabetti Theatre believes that great art should be for everyone not just those who can

afford it, which is why out of our 300 performances per year - 43% are being charged at Pay

What You Feel – which is anonymous and means the audience member pays what they feel

they can afford at the end of the performance.

The remaining 57% are ticketed into three price categories ranging from £15 - £3.

So what are you waiting for? Visit Alphabetti Theatre, St James Boulevard, Newcastle upon

Tyne, NE1 4HP. Open 11:00 – 23:00 Tuesday to Saturday from Tuesday 18

th October 2022.


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