Visiting the PLAYHOUSE Whitley Bay

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Venue Information

This 'state of the art' £8.5m refurbished venue is the flagship of a major re-generation project, breathing new life into this famous coastal resort. The venue boasts 638 luxury auditorium seats, a 10 seater corporate viewing suite and a contemporary look and feel to its bars and lounge area, which also features a superb sea view.

Having opened in September 2009, it boasts an elegant new glass foyer, front of house facilities, box office and bar facilities; in addition it also features a redesigned auditorium, new company room and chorus rooms.

The transformation of the venue, situated on Marine Avenue, is a key part of North Tyneside Council's £64million regeneration programme for Whitley Bay. It has also become an integral part of the local community programme, regularly playing host to productions from local artistic and drama groups.

The theatre has had a long history and has been an important part of the lives of many people living in and visiting the town.

To commemorate these memories, a time capsule in the form of a wooden box has been made by longtime theatre supporter Rid Stokoe, and filled with a collection of memorabilia from it's proud past.

A specially-commissioned installation by artist Rolf Wojciechowski, is proudly displayed in the North corridor of the theatre to mark the re-opening of the Playhouse Whitley Bay in 2009.

View images of the time capsule installation.

The re-generation of the PLAYHOUSE has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The PLAYHOUSE is managed by ASM Global, who locally own and manage Newcastle's 11,000+ seater Utilita Arena.

ASM Global is the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences. It is the global leader in venue and event strategy and management – delivering locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to achieve maximum results for venue owners. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 325 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues.

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For enquiries on hiring the venue call: 0191 643 2093

For corporate or advertising enquiries call: 0191 643 2095



Key PLAYHOUSE Features


  • Five dressing rooms (all en-suite) and one green room/company office
  • Sound and lighting available
  • Video production and screen available
  • Show fold-back system and comms
  • Orchestra pit options available

Technical Information

  • Stage dimensions - 9m wide x 8.7m deep
  • Wing space - SL 4.5m SR 4.2m
  • Orchestra pit dimensions - 7.8m wide x 2.8m deep
  • Total flying height - 11m
  • Full counter weight system 30 bars

Who We Are (ASM Global)

Professional support from a world class operator.

Booking your event in an ASM-managed and NorthTyneside Council-owned venue provides extensive benefits:

Our Values

  • Extensive marketing of your event utilising the resources of a professional and experienced team, who also market the Utilita Arena in the North East
  • Financial security through dealing with the world’s largest and best facility management company
  • Excellent technical support and event management
  • Use of a fully refurbished and contemporary facility which forms the hub of a major redevelopment project for the area

Further PLAYHOUSE Whitley Bay Information

Please email info@playhousewhitleybay for info regarding booking our venue, marketing, sponsorship and advertising.

Further information on our new box office times:

Further information regarding the reopening of our venu:

For online ticket purchase enquiries please contact Ticketmaster Customer Service Team via the online contact form found on the website: