The Tyne Theatre and Opera House

Commercial / Regeneration
The Tyne Theatre and Opera House
The Tyne Theatre and Opera House

The sensitive restoration and salvage of the Grade I* listed Tyne Theatre and Opera House, the last remaining working Victorian Theatre in the world. A project which saw the Adderstone Group team described as “heroes of the built environment” by Newcastle Chronicle & Journal.

In Adderstone Group’s early years, the business gained something of a reputation in the North East for taking on challenging projects that the national house builders and developers shied away from.

The more difficult the project, the more the ambitious young team seemed to revel in it. Short term financial gain was rarely the decisive factor in deal selection, but rather the quality of the asset and its potential to perform well in the longer term, following diligent redevelopment or restoration.

In 2006, Adderstone Group began the rescue of the Tyne Theatre and Opera House. This Grade I* listed 1,100 seat theatre which originally opened in 1867, was in disrepair and in danger of going out of business.

The theatre, which was steeped in history with its extravagant auditorium and period wooden stage machinery, had been mothballed for two years before Adderstone Group became involved, agreeing a support deal with Newcastle City Council.

During the course of the redevelopment, Adderstone Group converted a number of the less architecturally significant elements of the theatre complex into 43 luxury apartments which would become known as The Rehearsal Rooms.

This residential element of the project funded the painstaking restoration of some of the more sensitive buildings. Once the restoration was complete, in honouring the extremely imaginative deal agreed with the City Council, the auditorium was transferred by Adderstone Group for £1 into the safe hands of a newly formed charity, The Tyne Theatre Trust, a move which led the editor of the Newcastle Chronicle and Journal at the time to describe the Adderstone Group team as “heroes of the built environment”.

The Trust went on to strike a deal which committed the Scottish Media Group as a tenant and operator for the following decade, safeguarding the future of the venue which, throughout its history has attracted some of the world’s most famous entertainers such as Oscar Wilde, Placido Domingo, Art Garfunkel and Sting.

The auditorium was and is the last remaining working Victorian Theatre in the world.

Sector Commercial / Regeneration
Address Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 4AG
Project Type Regeneration / heritage
Project Status Completed development
Completion Date 2006
Construction Contractor Adderstone Projects Limited
Gross Development Value Invaluable

The Tyne Theatre and Opera House is located in the heart of Newcastle city centre with an array of other cultural hotspots on the doorstep including the Utilita Arena, the Discovery Museum as well as Newcastle’s Chinatown and St James’ Park.

The Central Station is minutes away, offering transport to the rest of the UK and the Tyne Theatre is minutes from the nearest Metro station, Central, providing links across the region.

Similar Projects

The Fleming

The Fleming Newcastle upon Tyne

Commercial / Regeneration

Meet Our Clients