There has been a theatre on George Street for almost 185 years. The first theatre was built in 1836, and a second in 1886. In 1908, the Dorrill family took over the venue and finally in 1934, the third Theatre opened; the ‘New Theatre’. Stanley Dorrill masterminded the rebuilding of the theatre as we know it today. He commissioned a new building from the well-known theatre architects William and T.R. Milburn of Sunderland. The Milburns developed the decadent art-deco interior with T.P Bennett and Sons, who also designed the Saville Theatre in London.
There is level access to the Box Office and main foyer on George Street. Doors can be operated automatically by a push button. There are four wheelchair positions located at the rear of the stalls, with room for one companion to sit alongside. This area can be accessed by our wheelchair lift. Wheelchairs that are not needed during the show will be stored safely by front of house staff.
There is an infrared sound amplification system. To access this system, please request receiving equipment from the Box Office on the day of the show.
Induction Loop Necklace
Suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid. Whilst wearing the necklace, switch your hearing aid to the T setting.
Amplifies sound through ear-pieces similar to regular headphones. Suitable for persons without a hearing aid. There is also a hearing loop system. There are occasional signed and audio described performances. For a list of dates and shows please call our access line.
Guide, hearing and other working dogs are welcome in all parts of the theatre. If you wish to bring your guide dog, please advise the Box Office when booking your tickets so that we can organise a member of staff to take care of your dog.
Some shows include special effects, e.g. strobe lighting, smoke, pyrotechnics and loud bangs.
Accessible toilets are located in the main foyer and front right-hand stalls.