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 Built in 1856. Reborn in 2023.

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Cultural and social impact vision

Our vision is to create a world-class, fully utilised, multi functional, well-funded, sustainable asset for North Tyneside and its communities.

Set in the heart of North Shields’ Cultural Quarter, The Exchange 1856 will play a pivotal role in North Tyneside and the Combined Authority’s strategy to reinvigorate the town through cultural and creative opportunities.

Working together with our partners and local communities, we will be creating a cultural eco system for people and businesses in North Shields to create a place that changes lives for the better.

We plan to make instant impact by significantly investing in the facilities, creating employment and expanding our offer. Watch this space.

Affordable. Accessible. Inclusive. Enriching.
Our foundations and goals are built around enhancing and improving the lives of people and businesses across North Tyneside.

You can find out more about our mission here

 All in a spectacular building with 160 years of heritage... 

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Our stunning Grade II-listed, 160-year-old Victorian gem of a building is one of North Tyneside’s greatest assets.

We provide a cultural, socialbusiness hub and office space in North Shields for the local community full of energy and spirit.

Our rich history includes links to one of the greatest heroes of World War II. North Shields-born, Thomas Brown helped break the Enigma Code by bravely rescuing code books from a sinking German U-boat. This shortened the War substantially, saving many lives.

Thomas’s life is honoured in The Exchange 1856’s special Thomas Brown Meeting Room and Brown's Bar and Restaurant, which is dedicated to his memory.

A place to work together
Our partners helping to deliver a vision for a better future for North Tyneside.

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A relaxing space in the heart of...

Upcoming Events

  • Groovetrain and The Breakfast Club
    Groovetrain and The Breakfast Club
    Sat, Apr 27
    Apr 27, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Apr 27, 2024, 7:00 PM
    A live music double-header with two of the UK’s top live bands returning to The Exchange 1856 after their own sell-out shows here last year!
  • Limelight - Matinee Performance
    Limelight - Matinee Performance
    Wed, May 01
    May 01, 2024, 2:30 PM
    May 01, 2024, 2:30 PM
    You're invited backstage to the Theatre Royal in 1854!
  • Limelight - Evening Performance
    Limelight - Evening Performance
    Wed, May 01
    May 01, 2024, 7:30 PM
    May 01, 2024, 7:30 PM
    You're invited backstage to the Theatre Royal in 1854!
  • 60's Night
    60's Night
    Sat, May 04
    May 04, 2024, 7:30 PM
    May 04, 2024, 7:30 PM
    Turn on, tune in and groove out to the ultimate 60s experience wrapped up in one spectacular evening.
  • Don Letts
    Don Letts
    Fri, May 10
    May 10, 2024, 7:00 PM
    May 10, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Don Letts, Pete Williams and Nige Tassel.... Celebrating subcultures. In conversation with Don Letts plus a full DJ Set, performance by Pete Williams and readings from Nigel Tassel. A big screen production of Don Letts documentary Two Sevens Clash: Dread Meets Punk Rockers.
  • Mental Health In Music - A Interactive Live Panel Discussion
    Mental Health In Music - A Interactive Live Panel Discussion
    May 16, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Are you involved or interested in the music business and care about mental health? If so, join us for this innovative and interactive panel ran by the industry for the industry and music supporters.
  • Happiness Showcase
    Happiness Showcase
    Sat, May 18
    May 18, 2024, 7:00 PM
    May 18, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Join the Happiness Company as they take you on a journey celebrating the power of community in the local area through dance and song. The show features Linskill Community Choir and Live Classes with Catherine dance troupe as they highlight the importance of music and dance in their own lives!
  • Chicago
    Chicago
    Tue, May 21
    May 21, 2024, 7:30 PM
    May 21, 2024, 7:30 PM
    SA Productions presents a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery – all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts.
  • Chicago
    Chicago
    Wed, May 22
    May 22, 2024, 7:30 PM
    May 22, 2024, 7:30 PM
    SA Productions presents a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery – all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts.
  • Chicago
    Chicago
    Thu, May 23
    May 23, 2024, 7:30 PM
    May 23, 2024, 7:30 PM
    SA Productions presents a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery – all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts.
  • A Stone's Throw Festival Opening Night
    A Stone's Throw Festival Opening Night
    Fri, May 24
    May 24, 2024, 7:00 PM
    May 24, 2024, 7:00 PM
    We are excited to host the opening night featuring post punk indie band White Lies!
  • A Stone's Throw Festival 2024
    A Stone's Throw Festival 2024
    Sat, May 25
    May 25, 2024, 1:00 PM
    May 25, 2024, 1:00 PM
    Over 60 of the hottest new music acts will descend on Newcastle's Coastline, creating a trail of MUST SEE talent spanning Tynemouth to North Shields!
  • Beauty and the Beast
    Beauty and the Beast
    Tue, May 28
    May 28, 2024, 7:30 PM – Jun 02, 2024, 2:30 PM
    May 28, 2024, 7:30 PM – Jun 02, 2024, 2:30 PM
    We invite you to Be Our Guest! Book now!
  • Yarns From Hyem
    Yarns From Hyem
    Wed, Jun 05
    Jun 05, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Jun 05, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Award-winning Hooley Theatre presents ‘Yarns from Hyem’ – a collection of 4 North East plays. A top team of regional actors, directors and producers bring to life hilarious and heart-warming plays from acclaimed and emerging local writers.
  • NE Streetband
    NE Streetband
    Sat, Jun 08
    Jun 08, 2024, 7:30 PM
    Jun 08, 2024, 7:30 PM
    The NE Street Band return to the all new Exchange Theatre with their fantastic Springsteen show. The gig coincides with the 40th anniversary of the iconic ‘Born in the USA’ album so the band will be performing tracks from this, as well as other classics and fan favourites.
  • Frognal & Fox - A Life In Song
    Frognal & Fox - A Life In Song
    Wed, Jun 12
    Jun 12, 2024, 7:30 PM
    Jun 12, 2024, 7:30 PM
    A trip into the world of showbiz!
  • James Aston is Michael Jackson
    James Aston is Michael Jackson
    Sat, Jun 15
    Jun 15, 2024, 7:30 PM
    Jun 15, 2024, 7:30 PM
    Join us for an unforgettable night!
  • Bede Wind
    Bede Wind
    Sat, Jun 22
    Jun 22, 2024, 7:30 PM
    Jun 22, 2024, 7:30 PM
    Celebrate the 35th anniversary of Bede Wind! The concert will feature a varied programme of both regional favourites and international standards and include a special guest soloist.

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