All shows and events happening at: Alphabetti Theatre, St James' Boulevard, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4HP


Tickets available online via an online booking agent Tickets Ignite or alternatively you can reserve / book over the phone - 0191 261 9125


Please note: tickets are available online up to one hour before an event. If you would like to book tickets after this time, please pay on the door or call the box office on 0191 261 9125 to reserve.

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 Uninvited Guests, Fuel & Alphabetti Theatre Presents
Love Letters Straight From Your Heart

Wednesday 24th June 2020

Show begins: 8.00pm 

Tickets: Donate if you can Booking essential click here

Age recommendation: 12+

Running time: Approx. 60 mins

Uninvited Guests stage an event that is somewhere between a wedding reception and a radio dedication show. We speak of our own and other’s loves – deep, passionate, ambivalent and unrequited – and dedicate songs to them.

A few weeks ago, we had an idea: could we bring Love Letters online? We set up our computers, gathered your song dedications and had a night at the theatre on Zoom.

It’s a joyful, open-hearted show – an antidote to isolation. Join us online and we’ll raise our glasses to long lost loves and current lovers, to mums and dads, and to absent friends.


Every show is different, so we need your song dedications.


Choose a song for someone you care about, tell us what that person means to you and why you’ve chosen this piece of music.


Your letters of love may become part of the show, romantic gestures or signs of friendship, shared publicly between us. We will e-mail you the form when you register.

Uninvited Guests and Fuel are committed to presenting this show free of admission. Fuel is a charity which has supported theatre makers to create and tour live performance for audiences all across the UK and internationally for 16 years. Fuel employed 323 theatre makers last year alone but Fuel’s income for this year is now projected to be 74% less than last year. We need your help to continue to support theatre makers and to reach audiences. Any donation you can give is appreciated.
Born Lippy Presents


Friday 20th March 2020 - POSTPONED

Show begins: 7.30pm 

Tickets: £5 all tickets

Age recommendation: 18+

Running time: Approx. 90 mins plus interval


What would happen if three of the most hard hitting Hiphop and Grime artists were stripped of their usual electronic beats and were made to spit their finest verses, accompanied by nothing but the strings of an acoustic guitar?


In this unique performance, local rapping legend Ken Masters will perform his newest album (Cosmic Viking Wizard Funk), alongside grime and rap hero REALI-T aka ‘Ya boy from Hackney’ with some of his stone cold classic tracks, accompanied by professional guitarist Drop Dead Fred, who is also an M.C in own right and will be mixing it up by spitting bars whilst plucking strings. 

Alphabetti Theatre and PP Productions presents


Saturday 21st March 2020 - POSTPONED

Show begins: 7.30pm 

Tickets: £5.00 all tickets

Age recommendation: 18+

Running time: 60 minutes


The 40 Kola Comedy Rola is a high-octane live comedy sketch show/competition set in a mock-wrestling ring.  


Alphabetti Theatre and 40 Kola challenge you - funny guys, gals and and non-binary pals to take those chuckles, giggles, sniggers and snorts and make them roar in the ring!  


Across three evenings in March, 20 sketches will battle each another with one winner becoming the undisputed heavy weight sketch of the North East! Directed by Alphabetti's award winning Artistic Director, Ali Pritchard and the Alphabetti associate artist – the legendary Paula Penman.

The Suggestibles' School of Improv presents


Saturday 21st March 2020 - POSTPONED

Show begins: 9.30pm 

Tickets: £6 all tickets

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: 1 hour 45 mins including interval


The Knockout Improv Comedy Game Show!

The Pets v The Labs. 2 teams of improvisers scramble to win your laughter, applause and votes in relentless rounds of hilarious games, sketches and songs. It's gonna be funny, fun, fundamentally improvised, and all inspired by your suggestions. Who will be crowned? You decide!


Hosted and directed by members of The Suggestibles, who challenge the teams made-up of improvisers from School of Improv, and accompanied by an improvising musician and guest improv pundit

Lauren Pattinson presents


Tuesday 24th - Saturday 28th March 2020 - POSTPONED

Show begins: 7.30pm 

Tickets: £8 full price / £7 concession

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: 90 minutes


Following a whirlwind couple of years of awards, nominations, sell-out shows and international touring, Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee 2017 Lauren Pattison is back on home turf, for a week of special shows with something different every night. 

From a first peek at her new show, to the very best of the rest. She’s bringing guests, pals and who knows what else? It’s a total takeover with every night guaranteed to be very different and very fun. Keep an eye online for more details!


As seen on Comedy Central at the Comedy Store, 'Roast Battle' and supporting Katherine Ryan on tour.


Lauren & Lee have been friends for a long time. They've enjoyed watching each others successes, so what better way to kick off Lauren & Pals then with an evening with two of the regions top comedy talents bringing to you all their best bits for one laugh out loud night.




The North East is home to some of the finest comedians in all the land, with an absolute wealth of boss female talent. So join us for a night celebrating the absolute Angels of the North East comedy circuit.


Featuring:  Lauren Pattison, Louise Young, Lauren Stone, Sammy Dobson, Kate Monnelly, Sam Mayes, and a headline set from Your Aunt Fanny


A special night in aid of CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably. With stand up sets from some of your favourite faces, they’ll then join Lauren for frank and funny chats about mental health. We’ll be breaking down taboos and opening up conversations that show we all have our good and bad days, and it’s very much OK, to not be OK. But of course we’ll be dealing with all this with a hearty dose of humour and make sure it’s funny, because otherwise that all sounds a bit intense and scary doesn’t it? We promise, it’ll be fun. Promise. I SAID WE PROMISE.

All money from tickets will go to CALM

Featuring: Hal Brandon and Matt Reed, more TBA


Join two of the country’s finest rising young stand ups, both armed with Edinburgh Best Newcomer Nominations as they serve up an early helping of their brand new shows for Edinburgh Fringe 2020.

Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated Olga Koch and star of Mock The Week and the Now Show Olga Koch comes back with a WIP of her third hour! This year she tackles her identity as an immigrant, a drama queen and the biggest Vampire Weekend fan the world has ever seen.



It's the final night of Lauren & Pals so let's go out with a bit of chaos with a preview of Lauren's new show Party Of One followed by an hour of rip roaring madness from the one and only, the cult hero from last year's Edinburgh Fringe...Jack Tucker. This truly is not one to be missed.

"Razor wit and brutal honesty'" ★★★★★ List 


"A breath of feisty fresh air" ★★★★★ Herald 


"Spiky, deliciously bawdy and remarkably assured" ★★★★ Telegraph 


Stamptown and DylanBrand® proudly present

Jack Tucker: Comedy Standup Hour


Hailing from the historic New York 'The Big Apple' City, Jack Tucker is the ultimate comedian's comedian. A well-respected journeyman on the comedy circuit, Jack has bumped mics with the best of them. Tucker (Jack) is a bonafide legend in the Upstate New York regional standup comedy scene who's sold out all over the world, from New York to Manhattan to Brooklyn. Ask any comedian, they'll all say the same thing: Jackie is a powerhouse superstar rock star.


★★★★★ "A rip-roaring hour of top-notch clowning" EdFestMag

★★★★½ "A raucously hilarious 60 minutes" Chortle 

★★★★ "A hugely entertaining spectacle" Fest Mag

★★★ "A washed-up American standup" The Guardian

★★ "A terrible comic" The List

★ "A fraud who is completely out of his depth" The Skinny


Sold Out Run - Soho Theatre (2019)

Top 10 Comedy Shows of 2019 - Chortle

Top Comedy Pick - Time Out (2019)

Top Comedy Pick - Fest Mag (2019)

Critics Choice - The Guardian (2019)

Critics Choice - The Age, AU (2019)


Created by Zach Zucker

Directed by Jonny Woolley

New Writing North & Institute for Humanities, Northumbria University present


Saturday 28th March 2020 - POSTPONED

Event begins: 2:00pm 

Tickets: £8 full price / £6 concession (Student, Artist, Unwaged, Over 60s)

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: 60 minutes


Oliver Harris and Judith O’Reilly talk to leading Professor in AI, Lars Holmquist, about their new thrillers that use technology as the setting for a very modern crime scene.

Increasingly, technology provides both the materials and the setting for criminal activity.  


In A Shadow Intelligence Oliver Harris brings the spy novel into ultra-contemporary territory, where psychological warfare is conducted by social media and the use of deep-fakes, and state intelligence vies with powerful external agencies like Cambridge Analytica, making it impossible to tell who is manipulating whom.  


In Judith O’Reilly’s latest thriller, Curse the Day, a scientist is on the brink of an astonishing breakthrough in artificial intelligence, as his creation appears to have achieved consciousness – when the AI device witnesses his murder. 


Professor Lars Erik Holmquist, Northumbria University, is an internationally leading researcher in human computer interaction, interaction design and ubiquitous computing.  


Together, they will discuss the opportunities for digital technology as the setting for a very modern crime scene.  

Chaired by Professor Katy Shaw, Northumbria University.

Leyla Josephine presents


Tuesday 31st March - Saturday 4th April 2020 - POSTPONED

Event begins: 7:30pm 

Tickets:  Tues 31st: Pay What You Feel
Wed 1st - Sat 4th: £9 full price / £7 concession

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: 60 minutes


This is a show about dads. Good dads, daft dads, dads who wear slogan t-shirts, dads that put on barbecues, dads that tell bad dad jokes. This is a show about dads who are absent and dads who are not very good dads at all. Daddy Drag asks us to consider how the relationships with our fathers affect us for the rest of our lives.

Watch as Leyla Josephine attempts to understand what it means to be a father through her witty performance style, drag costumes and complex but unconditional love for her dad.

★★★★★ The Skinny

★★★★★ The Feminist Review

★★★★ Fest

★★★★ The List

★★★★ Broadway World

Lyn Gardner’s Top Picks for Edinburgh Fringe 2019
The Guardian’s shows to catch Edinburgh Fringe 2019

Tatwood Puppets Presents


Tuesday 7th - Saturday 11th April 2020 - POSTPONED

Event begins: 1pm (plus extra 11am show on Sat 11th)

Tickets:  £8 full price / £6 concession / £28 family ticket for 5 people

Age recommendation: 5+ / families

Running time: 50 minutes


They’re all around us but we cannot see them. Come and discover the extraordinary world of microbes - the invisible organisms that shape our planet. Join your larger-than-life tour guide Brenda and friendly and forgetful lab assistant Charles as they unearth miniature monsters and curious creatures in hidden worlds much closer than you might think. A visual theatre experience for both adults and children that features puppetry, shadow theatre and an original score, Microbodyssey is an unforgettable journey into the microscope that makes science captivating and fun.

Easter Holidays price special, £28 for a family ticket

Why not stick around after the show and take part in Newcastle University's Microbiology Workshop for kids happening in the Alphabetti bar! The workshop is free but needs to be booked separately (see event below). 

★★★★ The Wee Review

“Highly recommended! ... quirky and charming ... lively and unusual” 
Primary Times Edinburgh

Newcastle University Presents


Tuesday 7th - Saturday 11th April 2020 - POSTPONED

Event begins: 2pm (plus extra 12pm workshop on Sat 11th)

Tickets:  FREE! (booking required)

Age recommendation: 5+ / families

Running time: 45 minutes


Join Newcastle University for a workshop investigating all things Funghi and learn some gross facts about the microscopic world, and see how good you are at washing your hands!

You don't need to have a ticket for Microbodyssey by Tatwood Puppets (see event above) to attend the workshop. Accompanying adults do not need tickets but are required to stay with their children during the workshop.

Blowin' a Hooley Theatre Presents


Tuesday 7th - Saturday 11th April 2020 - POSTPONED

Event begins: 7.30pm

Tickets:  Pay What You Feel

Age recommendation: 12+

Running time: Approx. 2 hours


Award-winning Blowin’ A Hooley Theatre presents ‘Yarns from Hyem’ - a collection of four North East plays. A top team of regional actors, directors and producers bring to life beautiful and hilarious plays from critically acclaimed writers Julia Darling and Alex Oates, rising star Elijah Young and a new local writer commissioned to have their work produced for the first time. Supported by Arts Council England, ’Yarns from Hyem’ takes you through the highs and lows of love and loss, making you laugh and cry in an evening that champions North East talent!

Serena Ramsey Presents


Tuesday 14th - Thursday 16th April 2020 - POSTPONED

Event begins: 7.30pm

Tickets:  Tues 14th: Pay What You Feel
Wed 15th / Thurs 16th: £8 / £6

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: 60 minutes


Following her breakthrough performance at Edinburgh fringe 2018, clown, theatremaker and comedian Serena Ramsey is back with her new solo show Waxa Belta Helta Skelta, a surreal look at abandonment, cults and Mammy issues.

Combining live soundscapes, playful storytelling, dark humour and experimental electro- music for support, this absurd true story engulfs us in the explosive world of one young Geordie girl with a missing mum, but plenty of pasties.

On a journey to understand just why her mum left to join a cult, this true story uses witch-craft, dance numbers, sausage rolls and lots of Newcastle Brown Ale to understand acceptance and the many ways that it takes its form.

With a voice finally ready to share such a personal experience, Ramsey brings emotions to the stage that will resonate heavily with anyone who has ever experienced loss, love and the need for answers. With her unique brand of comedic storytelling, drawing on clown influences, the audience will leave laughing, crying and craving a sausage roll.

“Has the audience splitting at their seams”  A Younger Theatre

"A multifaceted threat with the prowess to seduce any audience"  The Voice Magazine

Born Lippy, Genevieve Carver and The Unsung Presents


Friday 17th April 2020 - POSTPONED

Event begins: 7.30pm

Tickets: £10

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: 3 hours 15 minutes


“I am thirteen years old. We are approaching the end of 1999, and I have a pretty good idea of what I’m going to do with my life - I’m going to ‘be a famous musician’”.

Based on interviews with female and non-binary practitioners across the music industry, A Beautiful Way to be Crazy is a tale of growing up and finding a voice. Weaving together spoken word, live music, verbatim audio clips from the interviews and a few genuine teenage diary entries, award-winning poet Genevieve Carver and her multi-instrumental live band (Tim Knowles, Brian Bestall and Ruth Nicholson) take you on a journey that begins in 1999 and isn’t over yet.


Expect to meet the spirits of Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone and Delia Derbyshire as Genevieve navigates her way through school bullies, the pressures of mainstream media, anxiety and pregnancy scares, but comes out smiling. A Beautiful Way to be Crazy is an innovative piece of gig theatre exploring what it means to be a girl in the business of music, with a soundtrack moving seamlessly between pop, rock, folk, soul, classical and electronic. Genevieve Carver is a Sheffield-based poet searching for the humanity amidst the chaos. Her work has been appeared in publications including Iota, Envoi, and The North, and her first collection will be published by Verve Poetry Press in 2020.


Genevieve Carver & The Unsung are a multidisciplinary performance project celebrating unsung heroes and marginal voices. They are double winners of Buxton Fringe Spoken Word Award and released their first studio album in 2017.


Female-led creative collective born under an orange moon, skippered by North-east Legend Beccy Owen playing from their new album: Chaotica. FrontStep Collective – Spoken Word with live Trip Hop and Dub fused beats fronted by Born Lippy resident poets: Donald Jenkins & Tom C.

Just Write, Coracle, Six Twenty & Alphabetti Presents


Saturday 18th April 2020 - POSTPONED

Event begins: Midday - 11pm (see below for individual show times) 

Tickets: £12 for full day or £5 for individual shows

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: Plays are 60 mins each


One day. Three new plays. A panel of industry experts. A ton of chances to meet writers, directors and producers from the North East.


Featuring premieres of Wendy Errington’s Saluting Magpies produced by Coracle Theatre, Sean Burn’s Aim For The Horizon realised by The Six Twenty, and John Schoneboom’s Acid created by Alphabetti Theatre.


Join us for a show, or the whole day. Chat with theatre makers and writers. Hear from a panel of venues and companies that commission new writing, or just hang around and see what writing scripts for the stage is all about.


  • 12pm: informal meet & greet in the Alphabetti bar


  • 1pm: premiere of Saluting Magpies in the main theatre

       written by Wendy Errington, produced by Coracle


  • 2.30pm: informal meet & greet in the Alphabetti bar, food available


  • 4pm: premiere of Aim For The Horizon in the main theatre

       written by Sean Burn, produced by The Six Twenty


  • 6pm: industry panel with commissioning theatre companies in the Alphabetti Bar
    Chaired by Ben Dickenson, panel including Melanie Rashbrooke (The Six Twenty), Matt Jamie  (Coracle Theatre), Ali Pritchard (Alphabetti Theatre), Arts Council England representative  – more names to be announced soon


  • 7.30pm: premiere of Acid in the main theatre
    written by John Schoneboom, produced by Alphabetti Theatre

Holy What Presents


Tuesday 21st - Saturday 25th April 2020 - POSTPONED

Event begins: 7:30pm

Tickets: Pay What You Feel

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: Approx. 75 minutes


It’s the future. But only slightly. There are blackouts. No one knows what’s causing them, but that doesn’t stop people going missing in them. Now Steph and Bell, a schoolgirl and barmaid, have to search for their missing friend, until the outside world starts infecting the theatre that stands around them…


Originally supported and developed by Leeds Playhouse before transferring to the New Diorama Theatre in London, Holy What's A Girl in School Uniform (Walks into a Bar) is a bold new play about crisis, darkness, cities and hope.


“A resounding shot in the dark” ★★★★ The Guardian


“Intelligent ultra-live production of a chilling, funny, contemporary new play” ★★★★ The Stage


“This is quite brilliant, leaning on the likes of Caryl Churchill, Martin Crimp and other masters of elliptical language” ★★★★ Time Out

The Suggestibles' School of Improv Presents


Friday 24th April 2020 - POSTPONED

Event begins: 9:30pm

Tickets: £6 all tickets

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: 1 hour 45 mins including interval


The Improvised Courtroom Comedy.

Members of the audience - it falls upon you to act as jury to try a case of murder most foul. The modus operandi, exhibit A, scene of the crime and more fictitious facts will be decided by you. The subsequent evidence will be improvised by the cast. You must then decide, beyond all reasonable doubt, if the accused is guilty - or if the improv doesn’t fit, you must acquit!

New Writing North & Institute for Humanities, Northumbria University Presents


Saturday 25th April 2020 - POSTPONED

Event begins: 2:00pm 

Tickets: £8 Full Price / £6 Concession (Student, Artist, Unwaged, Over 60s)

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: 60 minutes


Novelist Jessica Moor, author Mim Skinner and forensic linguist Nicci MacLeod discuss the trope of the dead girl in crime fiction and how it intersects with contemporary issues.

Jessica Moor’s debut novel Keeper follows a women’s refuge after one of the support workers is found drowned. Having worked with female victims of violence, Jessica Moor confronts the pressing issue of coercive control in a thriller that is as shocking as it is commonplace.

Mim Skinner worked in a women’s prison for three years. Her book Jailbirds is a heartbreakingly poignant and stark account of the UK’s attitude towards women on the fringes of society.

Nicci MacLeod is a forensic linguist at Northumbria University, who has published research on the language of police interviews and female victims in the legal system.

Together they will discuss one of crime fiction’s most ubiquitous tropes: the beautiful female victim, and how accurately this reflects the real issues facing women, across all parts of the criminal justice system.

Chaired by Professor Katy Shaw, Northumbria University.

Cap-a-pie Presents


Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th April 2020 - POSTPONED

Event begins: 7:30pm (plus 2:00pm matinee on Tuesday 28th)

Tickets: FREE (booking essential)

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: 1 hour + post-show discussion


Credit, written by Laura Lindow.

Understand how and why the welfare system has changed and how it affects all of us.

This show will feature real stories and experiences of people who are living on Universal Credit - the latest and biggest change to the benefits system.

Made alongside people who are claiming Universal Credit, support organisations and researchers, Credit is an honest picture of how people in the North East are dealing with the ongoing changes to the welfare system.

Credit will make you consider whether we have a welfare safety net anymore, and about how all of us, our family members, and fellow citizens, are affected. We want you to be inspired to decide what the welfare state should look like for our community.


Cap-a-Pie has made Credit in collaboration with Newcastle University, Teesside University, Gateshead Council, Newcastle Council, Citizens Advice Gateshead, Your Voice Counts, Oasis Community Housing.

This show has been kindly funded by Newcastle University; Using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England; and Gateshead Council.

Steve Arran Presents


Wednesday 29th April 2020 - POSTPONED

Event begins: 7.30pm 

Tickets: Pay What You Feel

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: Approx. 90 minutes


Can a group of strangers successfully stage a Shakespearean play in a day?

Shakespeare's Speakeasy presents irreverent and accessible Shakespearean productions designed especially to blow the cobwebs off your boring childhood memories of reading The Bard in English class. Expect your preconceptions to be subverted, to laugh until your sides hurt, and to enjoy Shakespeare in the rough and raucous way that Big Willie would have intended. 

Uncaged Presents


Thursday 30th April 2020 - POSTPONED

Event begins: 7.30pm 

Tickets: £7 full / £5 concession

Age recommendation: 18+

Running time: 90 minutes


Transcend sees a variety of aerialists and artists come together to create and innovate. Each night we will have a roster of aerialists and spoken word performers, musicians and visual artists generating new and exciting material that's completely unrehearsed. Aerialists will respond to the art they see or hear.  Spoken word artist Kirsten Luckins is our headliner for the April event. There is also an open mic, so if you are an aerialist, writer, musician or artist, please come down and join in or email uncagedemail@gmail.com for info.  

Folklub Newcastle Presents


Friday 1st May 2020 - POSTPONED

Event begins: 7.30pm 

Tickets: £10

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 2.5 hours




Amy Thatcher is a professional accordionist based in the North East of England. Her reputation as one of the UK’s leading folk accordionists, both as a performer and composer, is garnered from working with luminaries such as Kathryn Tickell, Sting and The Royal Northern Sinfonia, The Shee and Monster Ceilidh Band.

“organic, natural and utterly glorious.” MOJO

“blissfully intuitive… Magnificent.” fROOTS

“A sophisticated, unexpectedly emotional set.” ★★★★ The Guardian



Folklore historian and folk musician Danny Pedler and two time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Greg Russell (Shake the Chains, The Transports, Ciaran Algar) are Pedler // Russell; they bring you Field and Dyke - a project combining traditional music with the sounds of industry.

The Field and Dyke album grew out of an oral history research project, conducted by Danny, in which he interviewed over 40 people about the history, politics, environment, culture and society of the fenland district of South Holland, Lincolnshire. The music, all written by Pedler // Russell, incorporates samples of dialogue from the Field and Dyke interviews as well as being based around rhythms of machines recorded from local factories.

These innovative music making techniques create songs that explore folk music as a vehicle to communicate the feeling behind the social and cultural themes present in 21st century Britain – a time of immense social change.

"a fascinating project’"Mark Radcliffe BBC R2

"It’s hard to think of anything quite packing Field and Dyke’s emotional punch" FRUK

Hodes and Stone Presents


Saturday 2nd May 2020 - POSTPONED

Event begins: 7.30pm 

Tickets: £6 full price / £4 concession

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 2 hours including interval


Established in 2017 as an alternative to club-comedy's "macho" posturing, this weird and wonderful night run by Lauren Stone and Liberty Hodes continues to showcase women and non-binary performers from the North East and beyond.

© 2019 Kerrin Tatman for Alphabetti Theatre

Registered charity no. 1166449

St. James' Boulevard, Newcastle, NE1 4HP

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