“Alphabetti Theatre are doing some remarkable things to keep grass-roots culture alive and well in Newcastle.” (GiggleBeats 2013)
“Alphabetti has become an essential part of the region's theatre ecology. Long may it continue..” (British Theatre Guide 2016)
"Alphabetti Theatre has become an important part of the theatre ecology of the North East, not just of Newcastle. It’s a place where exciting new work can be seen and enjoyed" (British Theatre Guide 2017)
Alphabetti creates, produces and programmes new original work from exciting artists across the performing arts. In 2015 we transformed a derelict basement of an old office block into Newcastle’s newest and smallest producing theatre.
Here are some snaps and a little overview of what we achieved here:
In December 2014 we moved from a room above a pub to a basement of an old office building in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne on New Bridge Street West – opposite the city library. In March 2015 we completed phase one of transformation: building, painting, clearing, licensing - etc. and then we opened for business! The space was funded by crowdfunding, The Sunday for Sammy Organisation and some of an Arts Council England grant.
Our black box theatre could seat 55 with the option of an extra 15 standing. We had our own fully licensed bar, small workshop, small backstage room and a second hand bookshop which was also used for bar over-flow or rehearsal/ meeting space in the day. We offered free Wi-fi, artist discount for tickets and drinks and cheap printing and copying facilities.
Alphabetti was not opened for business, money, or personal gain but for the necessity of a fringe venue in Newcastle and the North East, ensuring the development and improvement of the ecology of the performing arts in the region.
We receive the occasional Grant for the Arts from the Arts Council and other charitable organisations however the majority of our income to keep us running comes from our bar, so when you visit us make sure you sample our fine offerings!
We have a number of opportunities to get involved in such as performing in the space for theatre companies, writers, directors, poets, comedians and musicians. For more info please visit here.
Click here to see what’s on.