• Theatre Royal, Newcastle
  • Theatre Royal, Newcastle
  • Theatre Royal, Newcastle
  • Theatre Royal, Newcastle
  • Theatre Royal, Newcastle
  • Restored auditorium from stage (image credit: Sally Ann Norman)
  • Counterweight lying system and design drawings (image credit: Charcoalblue)
  • Restored auditorium from balcony side (image credit: Sally Ann Norman)
  • Restored ceiling (image credit: Sally Ann Norman)
  • Exterior at night (image credit: Sally Ann Norman)

...combining the needs of the present with the genius of the past

...a Grade I listed Matcham theatre is restored to its full glory

Theatre Royal Newcastle


Project summary


Newcastle’s Theatre Royal originally opened in 1837, but after a fire was restored and redesigned by theatre architect Frank Matcham, reopening in 1901.


In 2006, initial refurbishments took place to provide new public areas and during this period, Charcoalblue led the design of a new double purchase flying system complete with innovative GRP grid - part of a wider scheme to improve the working environment and technical capability of the flytower.


The final phase of the project involved refurbishing the auditorium. Charcoalblue provided guidance on re-seating and improvements to the sightlines, as well as designing the new technical systems to complement the restoration. We specified entertainment technology infrastructure, selected to be as visually unobtrusive as possible while offering the technical facilities a Number One touring venue needs.


In September 2011 the fully restored theatre flung open its doors to reveal its original gold leaf, red velvet, wood panelled, glistening splendour. The £4.9 million restoration of the Theatre Royal has been hailed as “one of the biggest and most meticulous theatre restorations in recorded history”. The venue is now an historically authentic restoration sparkling with an abundance of antique and Matcham-style features, with future-proofed functionality.