Creative Enterprises

Live Theatre is a national leader in evolving new strategies for developing income and assets for the charity.

In 2006 when we were developing the new theatre complex, and looking to increase future income, we realised that we had to create a new additional unrestricted fund.

We started to develop a number of capital and digital projects which would develop a social, cultural and commercial return to build resilience for Live Theatre for the future.

Our current creative enterprise projects are:

Live Works

Live Works from Quayside Photo Jill Tate

Live Works is a new £10.5 million capital scheme by Live Theatre to purchase and develop Quayside frontage and land and buildings adjacent to the theatre, to create new commercial office space, a new public park and Live Tales, a children and young people’s writing centre.

Live Works will bring new revenue streams enabling Live Theatre to grow and sustain its work in the production of new plays, the development of creative talent, education and participation.

Completed in 2016 Live Works development has created:

• A new landmark building on Newcastle’s Quayside with approximately 1500sqm net of highly desirable premium office space with river views. 

• New commercial opportunities and visibility on the busy Quayside thoroughfare for Live Theatre

• Refurbishment of a Grade II listed Almshouse into Live Tales, a new children and young people’s writing centre.

• A landscaped green space, a new pocket park at the centre of the site with public pedestrian access from the Quayside and a public and performance space managed and programmed by Live Theatre in daily use by tenants, neighbours and the public.

• An additional revenue for the core creative and education work of Live Theatre, and a social, cultural and commercial return to build resilience for Live Theatre for the future.

The purchase of the land and buildings and the development of the site has been supported by a prudential loan of £6 million from Newcastle City Council and a £1.73 million grant confirmed from the North East European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Programme 2007 to 2013.

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The Schoolhouse

Developed by Live Theatre and located in the courtyard behind the theatre, and completed in 2013, The Schoolhouse is a new hub for creative and digital businesses located in a converted 19th century historic building.



The Broad Chare Gastropub

Opened in May 2011, The Broad Chare is an award-winning pub located next door to Live Theatre on Broad Chare.  

A joint venture with 21 Hospitality Group The Broad Chare invests a proportion of its turnover back into the work of the Theatre.



Be A Playwright Online Course

Developed in 2010, our online training course for aspiring writers, www.beaplaywright.com offers a step-by-step guide to the craft of playwriting for aspiring playwrights from across the world. Students study at their own pace, with advice from leading playwrights including Lee Hall (Cooking With Elvis, The Pitmen PaintersAlan Plater (Close the Coalhouse Door), and Shelagh Stephenson (A Northern Odyssey).