Alphabetti Theatre is based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and was created by Ali Pritchard. We create, produce, and programme new, original work from emerging artists across the performing arts, championing work in Music, Theatre, Comedy and Poetry.
We strive to make theatre that is relatable and accessible to all, and are constantly looking for new ways to challenge ourselves, physically, mentally and conceptually – we believe that by challenging ourselves we inevitably challenge the audience, creating engaging and original experiences.
Winner of 2015 North East Theatre Guide’s Best New Writing Award
Winner of 2016 North East Theatre Guide’s Best New Writing Award
Pick of 2016 for best new play from British Theatre Guide North East
Winner of 2017 Best Children’s Show from British Theatre Guide North East
Alphabetti launched in 2012 to take their debut production of Teeth in Eggcups to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, performing on the top deck of The Laughing Horse Comedy Bus. The production was at the fringe for 16 nights filling every performance and receiving praise from reviewers and audiences alike. The company thought it was made: they had battled the fringe and come out victorious! However, upon returning to Newcastle upon Tyne, Alphabetti soon grew irritated at the lack of opportunities to perform for emerging artists. So, in early 2013, they decided to open their own venue. On a shoestring budget the company transformed a derelict, dejected room above The Dog & Parrot pub into Newcastle’s first multi-purpose fringe performance space. The company ran this space for 18 months, creating over 3,000 opportunities for emerging artists and receiving two grants for the arts from Arts Council England to aid their work.
In September 2014, they began searching for a new venue that would enable them to have their own bar and a bigger performance space. Whilst on this quest Alphabetti had sell-out performances in Live Theatre's studio and a near capacity audience at The Stand comedy club.
In March 2015, Alphabetti opened the doors to its new venue in the basement of 18 New Bridge Street. Since that time Alphabetti have become embedded in the city's cultural scene, giving a home to hundreds of local artists to socialise and showcase their work. As a company in our own right we have produced in-house productions which have been well-received and critically acclaimed, establishing us within the region as an exciting and well-respected theatre company producing high-quality work, and commissioning talented new writers.
The arrival of an eviction notice and a demolition crew in March 2017 encouraged Alphabetti to clear up and pack away our little basement in search of pastures new. We appointed a Board of Trustees to help us on this new journey and have since become a charitable incorporated organisation. After much searching we finally found our new home on St James' Boulevard and after a lot of hard work, hours of help from many kind volunteers and the amazing lads at Tilt Newcastle, a million tins of paint and some tremendous enthusiasm, we finally opened our doors once more on the 1st of September 2017.