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First Opened: 20th February 1837 (185 years ago)
Reopened after redesign by C.J. Phipps: 19th August 1867
Reopened after fire and redesign by Frank Matcham: 31st December 1901
Telephone: 0191 232 7010
The Theatre Royal opened in early 1837, designed by local architects John and Benjamin Green. Thirty years later the interior was redesigned by C.J. Phipps. Following a fire in 1899, the interior was redesigned by Frank Matcham. While the exterior retains its 1837 appearance, the interior dates from, and in some places has been restored to, Matcham’s 1901 interior.