The Story of Theatre

As a legacy of the £5m auditorium restoration in 2011, we have created a permanent exhibition, The Story of Theatre.


The Story of Theatre is a permanent exhibition area and learning space in the Gallery Foyer level at the Theatre Royal, illustrating the history of Theatre from its origins in Ancient Greece through to the present day.

Designed by David Hudson, Interior & Exhibitions Designer, it includes costumes from the Victoria & Albert Museum Theatre & Performance Collection – seen for the first time outside of London - and Theatre Royal’s vast collection of memorabilia, alongside a large array of other artefacts.  Highlights of the exhibition include a Dame Alicia Markova tutu and headdress from the 1930s, Royal Shakespeare Company costumes and a scale wooden model of Newcastle quayside, the site of medieval plays, complete with figures and stages along the banks of the river.

Please note: The Story of Theatre is on the Gallery Foyer, which is only accessible to the public when the building is fully open for a performance



The exhibition is free and open to the general public throughout the day and evening.

The principal funder is the Heritage Lottery Fund and the project involved an innovative partnership between Newcastle Theatre Royal and the Theatre Collections Department at the world renowned V&A in London, as well as Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, James Knott Trust and Vindolanda Roman Museum

The gallery is a focal point for theatre tours, providing a stimulating historic and cultural context for information about the present day theatre. Theatre tours are overseen by members of the Theatre Royal Learning team.

For more information on theatre tours click here.
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