PLAYHOUSE

PLAYHOUSE, Whitley Bay: Hours, Address, PLAYHOUSE Reviews: 4.5/5

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
About
The beautifully refurbished PLAYHOUSE is the flagship of a major regeneration project in Whitley Bay, breathing new life into this famous coastal resort.The venue boasts 630 luxury auditorium seats, a 10 seater corporate viewing suite and a contemporary look and feel to it's bars and first floor lounge area which features a superb sea view.The PLAYHOUSE has hosted stage shows such as professional touring 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' and from the West End 'The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas', Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black's 'Tell Me on a Sunday' as well as live music from Kate Rusby, Seth Lakeman and Tom Paxton, comedy from Rich Hall, as well as entertainment from Moscow Ballet la Classique and Bob the Builder.
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Carole F
Durham, UK60 contributions
Fantastic night
Mar 2020 • Couples
Rang accessible line to book tickets and received a call back almost immediately. Wheelchair user and visited with my carer to see A Country Night in Nashville on Friday 13th March. Brilliant friendly cheery staff who were helpful to everyone, showing to seats and advising on timings etc. Treated us with respect and caring throughout the evening and the stage was visible from all seats. Fantastic atmosphere in a comfy venue. Non and alcoholic drinks available with ice cream during the interval. Great night out, car park next door, superb act. What more could you want???
Written March 16, 2020
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holidaymanWashington
Washington, UK1,656 contributions
Poor Booking System & Hard Seats.
Mar 2020
The theatre is much better than it used to be, since being spruced up. However, whilst you have a decent view, little thought has been given to customer comfort, as the seats are rock hard and some have limited leg room, which is not mentioned when booking. It is better suited to theatrical performances as it doesn't posess the best acoustic for musical events.

Booking used to be simple before the introduction of an unnecessary middle man (@ticketmaster.) This has resulted in moderate ticket prices, now being in excess of £10 extra, in some cases, which is a big put off for many performances. When I booked, I couldn't find an option to choose the seats, that I specifically wanted online. I therefore had to ring Ticketmaster, which cost me a further £12 in phone calls.

We went to see the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, in their 50th year. We were sat at the back of the theatre, whilst everyone else appeared to be crammed like sardines, in the centre front third of the auditorium. This left both sides and the remaining two thirds to the rear, completely empty. I reckon of the 638 seats available, at least 450 were empty. We have followed the orchestra for many years and as usual, they gave an excellent performance, to what must have been one of their worst audience attendancies. I don't put the poor attendance down to the orchestra but more to the ridiculous, overpriced booking system that is now in place.

I really felt for the hard working, superbly professional musicians. Hopefully next time they come to the North East, they will go to one of the more accommodating venues, such as The Gala, Sage 2 or The Customs House.
Written March 1, 2020
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Thank you for your review. We appreciate all of your comments. To avoid Ticketmaster booking fees, our customers are encouraged to book directly with us at box office. Pasadena Roof Orchestra had a great night with us, so we are sorry you felt disappointed on their behalf.
Written March 16, 2020
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Jambomax
Washington, UK16 contributions
Cosy Theatre with Great Variety of Entertaining Shows
Feb 2020
This is our second favourite theatre in the North East {we just love the Gala at Durham}, but the choice of entertainment offered here is second to none. The booking manager deserves a pat on the back for the quality of shows put on. We have just enjoyed ' That'll Be the Day' for the second time in just a few months; this group of entertainers are so talented and give it all for great night of entertainment.
The theatre is cosy and intimate, with reasonable parking nearby and a choice of good places to eat in the nearby historic and beautifully renovated Spanish City,
Written February 2, 2020
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Thanks for your great review. See you again soon!
Written March 16, 2020
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sallyd727
Hartlepool, UK71 contributions
Tribute night
Jan 2020 • Family
We visited for a Barry White tribute night. The theatre, though not large-only 26 rows of seats- has everything you would need. It was well laid out with a lift to get to the top rows of stall seating. It was however sad that staff were still allowing people into the act 20mins in, and having to chase around the auditorium stopping people from using their phones as had been asked at the start. Price of drinks were a bit steep but a cornered market I guess.
Written February 1, 2020
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Thanks for your comments Sally. We hope to see you back at Playhouse soon!
Written March 16, 2020
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Lisa
7 contributions
Amazing 😃
Jan 2020 • Family
A amazing show with amazing cast and facilities! Very good! They also do discounts with restaurants and cafes nearby so it really is the perfect day out😃
Written January 22, 2020
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Thanks for your review Lisa! Hope to see you again soon.
Written March 16, 2020
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Stephen M
Market Harborough, UK279 contributions
What a super venue!
Dec 2019
Very friendly front of house team and comfortable seating in the auditorium. Excellent stage facilities and lighting made for a great show as well. This is a little gem of a theatre.
Written December 30, 2019
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Thanks for your review! We are delighted you had a great evening at Playhouse.
Written January 10, 2020
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hbulman2017
Northumberland, UK24 contributions
First time visit
Nov 2019
My husband and I got last minute tickets for Jimmy Carr on 6th November. We were seated on the aisle Row B which were good seats with plenty of leg room and a good view of the stage. Seat comfort wasn’t too bad. Didn’t find the venue very attractive or with a particularly good atmosphere. You were searched coming in and drinks were very expensive. Had travelled down from north Northumberland which was 1.5 hours so don’t think will be back unless the show is something we really want to see. We go to our local theatre the Maltings in Berwick-upon-Tweed which is head and shoulders above the Whitley Bay Playhouse in terms of comfort, Atmosphere and friendliness of staff!!
Written November 30, 2019
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Thanks for your comments, we appreciate all feedback from our audiences.
Written March 16, 2020
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Alan S
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK60 contributions
Over priced beverages
Nov 2019
The price of the red wine (approx 175ml-250ml ?) was £7.20 (served in a plastic cup). To put this into perspective and by comparison, in a local restaurant that we'd had a meal in prior to the show, a 250ml glass of house red was £5.25. The prices at the playhouse are far to high.
(prices might well explain why they feel the need to search everyone's bag on entry)
Written November 5, 2019
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Elizabeth
Whitley Bay, UK79 contributions
The play house has variety. Give local theatre some of your time
Sep 2019 • Friends
Really like this theatre. It has a variety of diverse acts. Theatre, drama , song, panto , comedy...it has it all. Variety. Local company also delivers.
Well worth a visit.
Supporting The local community 😁
Written October 20, 2019
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Kirsty Spencer
Tipton, UK33 contributions
Very nice little theatre.
Aug 2019 • Family
This theatre is lovely. The toilet facilities are kept lovely and clean, the food served is very nice and not too costly. Would definitely return again.
Written August 26, 2019
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PLAYHOUSE is open:
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM