Alnwick Playhouse has played a major role in the life of the town since 1925, and has been a vibrant arts centre since 1990. We welcome all ages, all audiences, professional and amateur performers and provide a home to our local community groups.
Every day we welcome hundreds of people through the doors. They might be attending a performance, buying tickets, singing in the choir, playing in the concert band, performing in the youth theatre, participating in a school visit, volunteering or simply meeting friends for lunch in the café.
The Playhouse was originally built in 1925 as a 700 seat cinema and occasional music hall, eventually closing in 1979 before being bought by NTC Touring Theatre Company who converted the ground floor. The upper floor was leased out to the Alnwick Playhouse District Trust who reopened the newly refurbished Alnwick Playhouse in December 1990.
In 2018 the Playhouse closed once more for a major refurbishment, with ownership of the building transferring to Northumberland County Council. The ground floor was transformed to include the addition of the Library and Visitor Services to the building, improving the café and Studio facilities with the further addition of a new meeting room. Upstairs, the auditorium underwent significant refurbishment to replace and improve the seating and the bar was fully renovated.
The building reopened in January 2020 but was forced to close only 2 months later due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It finally reopened to the public once more in July 2021 with a scaled back programme until restrictions eased and productions returned to full strength in 2022.
“Alnwick Playhouse is nearly 100 years old. The building opened in 1925 as a 700 seat cinema and occasional music hall. Since then it has been an enduring and much loved focal point for the community. It has gone through many changes in its time and as we approach our landmark year of 2025 in the newly refurbished building it is clear that the need for this space is as vital to the community as ever it was.
In an ever-changing world it is clear that those needs now change with far greater frequency than ever before. It is important that a space such as the Playhouse is able to recognise those changes and adapt accordingly. It’s also vital that the activities we offer should be accessible to all and that a particular focus on children and young people and the elderly should be adopted.
Having a cultural centre on your doorstep is wonderful for the quality of life we all hope to share. It assists in our being active physically and mentally. It’s good for the environment as your journey will be shorter than to a major city. It is a space in which we regularly celebrate being a part of the community.”
Box Office Manager
Operations & Administration Manager
Customer Services Manager
Film Programmer & Box Office Assistant
Youth Theatre Director
Box Office Assistant
Box Office Assistant