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A place for arts & culture.
Our community theatre is the jewel in our crown.
 

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Inclusive. Affordable. Accessible.

Located at the very heart of this unique Victorian gem of a building, our theatre boasts a 320-seat capacity auditorium with exclusive VIP areas, as well as stall seating offering fantastic views of the stage.

 

Enjoy a rich, inclusive, cultural programme of entertainment with everything from thought-provoking theatre to popular music, film, comedy, and awe-inspiring dance performance. Accessible for all - our programme is carefully curated to offer something for everyone.  

 

Buy tickets online or if you prefer the face-to-face approach, pop in and purchase performance tickets from Brown's at The Exchange bar.

Interested in performing at The Exchange? Talk to us.

Events for all

Our stunning Grade II listed community theatre offers the full range of memorable event experiences to uplift and entertain you. From musicals to plays, comedy, film or family events, our 320-seat capacity auditorium provides the ideal space to enjoy or stage small, medium, or large-scale productions. 

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Drama & Theatre

Enjoy our rich, inclusive, cultural programme of drama and theatre with everything from West End musicals to thought-provoking plays and family-friendly Pantomimes.

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For the family

Family means everything! That’s why we run customised family-friendly events for all ages, bringing everyone together to share the fun. From magic shows to craft workshops and treasure hunts, our events are designed to keep the entire family entertained.

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Music & Jazz

Our musical events programme offers live music to suit every musical taste. From jazz to country, pop or hip hop, discover music to love at The Exchange.

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Comedy

Fancy a laugh? For stand-up comedy that stands-out, you can’t beat our extensive programme of comedians, improvisors and slap-stick performers. From top names to the most exciting newcomers, we seek out comedy performances guaranteed to make you smile.

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Film & Cinema

What better place to catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster or independent art film, then in the spectacular surroundings of our Grade II listed Victorian community theatre? Sit back, relax, grab the popcorn and immerse yourself in one of the region’s most unique cinematic experiences. Sign up to our what's on newsletter to keep up to date.

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Art Exhibitons

The Exchange offers a place to celebrate and display the work of local North East artists. 
We host regular art exhibitions which inspire and speak to the soul. Sign up to our what's on newsletter to keep up to date.

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Interested in performing at The Exchange?

Entertain us!

Interested in hiring our venue for your up-and-coming gig or performance? Or If you’re an aspiring visual artist, painter or sculptor and want to find out how you can exhibit your work with us.
 

Offering exceptional sound quality, professional lighting systems, a flexible stage area, behind the scenes dressing areas and easy access Stage Door, the Exchange is the perfect place for bands, singers and musicians from every genre to showcase their music. 

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See what packages we offer by downloading the PDF below

Upcoming Events

  • The Toys are Back in Town
    The Toys are Back in Town
    Fri, Feb 23
    North Shields
    Feb 23, 2024, 12:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    Feb 23, 2024, 12:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    Based on the latest blockbuster animation hits, this brilliant high energy stage show recreates the fun and excitement of Toy Story, Frozen, Madagascar, Trolls, Shrek & The Avengers, followed by a massive interactive party set.
  • Haddaway and Write
    Haddaway and Write
    Thu, Feb 29
    North Shields
    Feb 29, 2024, 7:00 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    Feb 29, 2024, 7:00 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    Join us for a night of six cracking new short plays from some of the region’s most exciting writers! Haddaway & Write give you a first look at these heart-warming and hilarious bitesize regional stories that celebrate the theme of hope.
  • Lust for Life
    Lust for Life
    Thu, Mar 07
    North Shields
    Mar 07, 2024, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    Mar 07, 2024, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    Following glowing reviews, sold-out venues and many, many fun nights, the all-star line-up celebrating Iggy Pop’s classic Lust For Life album have announced a second UK tour.
  • Abba...The Story
    Abba...The Story
    Fri, Mar 08
    North Shields
    Mar 08, 2024, 7:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    Mar 08, 2024, 7:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    This smash hit show tells the moving story of how two young couples from Sweden went on to take the world by storm. Featuring hits including: Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Does Your Mother Know, Lay All Your Love On Me, Fernando and the song that started it all....Waterloo!
  • One Night in Dublin
    One Night in Dublin
    Sat, Mar 16
    North Shields
    Mar 16, 2024, 7:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    Mar 16, 2024, 7:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    Award-winning performers to play all your favourite Irish songs!
  • Magic Queen
    Magic Queen
    Sat, Mar 23
    North Shields
    Mar 23, 2024, 7:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    Mar 23, 2024, 7:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    Magic Queen re-enacts the glorious days of legendary rock band Queen, including the glam of the '70s and the magic of the '80s, proving themselves to be one of the most dynamic and exciting Queen Tribute Bands in Europe.
  • Now That's What I Call the 80s
    Now That's What I Call the 80s
    Sat, Mar 30
    North Shields
    Mar 30, 2024, 8:00 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    Mar 30, 2024, 8:00 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    THATS WHAT I CALL THE 80’s live performance is full of the greatest hits from the 80's. This is an era known for its wild style, catchy tunes, and iconic pop culture moments, and we're going to capture it all. Be ready to step into a time machine and experience the ultimate 80's party!
  • The Cavern Beatles
    The Cavern Beatles
    Sat, Apr 06
    North Shields
    Apr 06, 2024, 7:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    Apr 06, 2024, 7:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    Endorsed and licensed by the now legendary Cavern Club, where The Beatles famously performed, The Cavern Beatles are one of the country’s longest established tribute shows.
  • Bryan Adams Anthology
    Bryan Adams Anthology
    Fri, Apr 19
    North Shields
    Apr 19, 2024, 7:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    Apr 19, 2024, 7:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    Get ready to be transported by the spirit of rock and roll as Damian Dowling channels the legendary Bryan Adams.
  • Groovetrain and The Breakfast Club
    Groovetrain and The Breakfast Club
    Sat, Apr 27
    North Shields
    Apr 27, 2024, 7:00 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30, UK
    Apr 27, 2024, 7:00 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30, UK
    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
    North Shields
    May 01, 2024, 2:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    May 01, 2024, 2:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    You're invited backstage to the Theatre Royal in 1854!
  • Limelight - Evening Performance
    Limelight - Evening Performance
    Wed, May 01
    North Shields
    May 01, 2024, 7:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    May 01, 2024, 7:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    You're invited backstage to the Theatre Royal in 1854!
  • 60's Night
    60's Night
    Sat, May 04
    North Shields
    May 04, 2024, 7:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    May 04, 2024, 7:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    Turn on, tune in and groove out to the ultimate 60s experience wrapped up in one spectacular evening.
  • Happiness Showcase
    Happiness Showcase
    Sat, May 18
    North Shields
    May 18, 2024, 7:00 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30, UK
    May 18, 2024, 7:00 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30, UK
    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
    North Shields
    May 21, 2024, 7:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    May 21, 2024, 7:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    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
    North Shields
    May 22, 2024, 7:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    May 22, 2024, 7:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    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
    North Shields
    May 23, 2024, 7:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    May 23, 2024, 7:30 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    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 2024
    A Stone's Throw Festival 2024
    Sat, May 25
    North Shields
    May 25, 2024, 1:00 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    May 25, 2024, 1:00 PM
    North Shields, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE, UK
    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!

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