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First Opened: 20th February 1837 (186 years ago)
Reopened after redesign by C.J. Phipps: 19th August 1867
Reopened after redesign by Frank Matcham: 31st December 1901
Reopened after restoration: 12th September 2012
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 has been restored to Matcham’s 1901 design.