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Live Theatre

  • Date: 7 September 2009
  • Artform: Theatre
  • Area: North
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Live Theatre was founded in Tyneside in 1973 with a commitment to offer something different to the traditional theatre format.

Touring community halls and working men's clubs, the company’s mission statement was to stage plays with a strong regional identity, reaching out to an audience unfamiliar with the theatre.

In the 1980s, Live Theatre moved to a fantastic location on Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s regenerated riverside. It has since blossomed into one of the UK’s leading new writing theatres, developing writing for the stage, radio, film and television in partnership with organisations including the BBC, Film4 and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The theatre also runs an extensive education, participation and new writing development programme, nurturing regional talent and engaging local young people. The Live Lines youth theatre scheme saw over 300 individuals participate in over 8,000 sessions. Another current area of focus is writer in residence opportunities, which see writers working directly with directors and artistic staff to create new writing for the stage.

Live Theatre received £569,817 in funding from Arts Council England, North East this year. Since its Lottery capital award in 1996, the theatre has grown significantly, more than doubling its annual productions by 2003, and increasing attendance from under 5,000 in 2003 to over 32,000.

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