South Shields Daily Photo

A collection of images from South Shields and the North of England

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Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne

Theatre Royal

I was amazed how far I could go on foot as I walked around Newcastle and Gateshead on a day away from South Shields, even though it was raining and most of the route was uphill, I still enjoyed it.

Here we see a street cleaner getting the outside of the Theatre Royal ready for it’s patrons. The theatre in Grey Street, Newcastle is one of Grainger’s finest works, it’s neo-classical colonnaded portico is a signature of the grandeur of his works in this most elegant of Georgian streets. The Theatre Royal is probably the region’s flagship theatre and has seen some the UK’s most prominent entertainers perform here over the years.

The Theatre Royal, Grey Street opened on 20th February 1837. The bells of St Nicholas and St John were rung on opening night. In 1899 the Theatre Royal was destroyed by fire following a performance of Macbeth. The Theatre Royal rose from the ashes and was splendidly re-designed by Frank Matcham, the eminent theatre architect. The Theatre Royal reopened on 31st December 1901 with pantomime, The Forty Thieves. The Theatre Royal is one of only five Grade I listed theatres outside of London; one of the most historic, cultural landmarks in the country it continues to dominate the heart of Newcastle’s Grainger Town.

I am indebted to Mo at Newcastle upon Tyne Daily Photo who has sent me a collection of pictures of the inside of the Mining and Mechanics Institute in Neville Street, Newcastle, it’s a place that I have never visited but her pictures are making me salivate. Do give their site a visit.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28 mm lens, 1/45 second, f3.5, iso 800


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Written by curly

March 7, 2009 at 12:01 am

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  1. Mo? At NDP? Is that supposed to be a different link? I’d like to see those pictures… and i’m pretty sure they’re not on NDP 🙂


    March 7, 2009 at 12:51 am

  2. love your shots!

    ken mac

    March 7, 2009 at 4:57 am

  3. Curly: I linked you to some photos here so go over there and clicky through to photos of the lit and phil as well as other various photos I took at the Tyne and Wear Heritage Open Days last year – and click through to find out about this year’s Heritage Open Days – sounds like you’d enjoy ’em.

    Newcastle Daily Photo = Beth and Cassandra.
    Mo = here.

    Bless, you seem a tad confused 🙂

    (Cassie look at the comments on the last entry here, the link is there!)


    March 7, 2009 at 9:00 am

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