Discover Live Theatre's online shop. You'll find playtexts and gifts that capture Live Theatre's passion for new writing. Choose from an exciting range of theatre books and playtexts, plus show-related merchandise, programmes and posters.


Gift Vouchers

PRICE: Gift Vouchers can be bought in any denomination

SUMMARY: Vouchers are the perfect gift for the theatre lover on your list. Gift Vouchers can be used to buy tickets for all our performances, including plays, comedy and music. They can be bought in any denomination and are presented in an attractive wallet and are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. Gift Vouchers can be purchased by calling our Box Office on (0191) 232 1232.

6 Plays from the North East

Six Plays From the North East

Tom Hadaway, C.P. Taylor, Alan Plater, Lee Hall, Sean O'Brien and Julia Darling

PRICE: £9.99

SUMMARY: Six Plays From The North East Published to tie in with Live Theatre's thirtieth birthday celebrations and featuring some of the finest playwrights from the North East: Tom Hadaway, C.P. Taylor, Alan Plater, Lee Hall, Sean O'Brien and Julia Darling.  In The Filleting Machine (Tom Hadaway), a fishing family's way of life faces extinction;

Iris Playtext

By Alison Carr


SUMMARY: Iris is gone, and Julie has the mother of all hangovers. No one’s touched the buffet, there’s a big gap on the wall where a mirror’s fallen off and something is stinking the place out. Julie and Ruby are sisters coming to terms with the death of formidable matriarch Iris who still manages to control their lives from beyond the grave. On the night of the funeral, Julie gets off with Gerry, the crime scene cleaner. Maybe that’ll help. It doesn’t. When their mother’s unusual bequest unearths a story that leaves some indelible marks, something more than a deep clean is needed.

The Prize [playtext]

The Prize

By Steve Gilroy and Richard Stockwell


SUMMARY: Playtext by Steve Gilroy and Richard Stockwell. For some making it to London 2012 has been literally a matter of life and death and the struggle is not over yet. Getthe inside track into the true stories behind Olympic success from the team that presented the multi award-winning show Motherland, the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The play draws on interviews with past Olympic medal winners.

Day of the Flymo - Playtext

By Paddy Campbell

PRICE: £3.50

SUMMARY: The playtext of Day of the Flymo contains the the full script of the play, along with a word from the writer and director. It also contains discussion points and exercises based on the play for young people. Written by award-winning playwright Paddy Campbell (Wet House), Day of the Flymo looks at the lives of young people deemed to be chaotic, a brother and a sister struggling to cover up the cracks and the mechanisms that swing in to action when social services step in.

Inheritance by Mike Packer (playtext)


Mike Packer


SUMMARY: Inheritance, by Mike Packer, received its world premiere at Live Theatre in November 2010. Harry wants to leave inheritance for his sons. So, going against life-long political convictions, he joins the property owning class. Then the economic crisis hits. Inheritance is a timely comic and poignant exploration of how a worldwide recession impacts on the lives of ordinary people.

The Savage (Graphic Novel)

by David Almond, illustrations by Dave McKean. Published by Walker Books

PRICE: £5.99

SUMMARY: The Savage by David Almond, illustrations by Dave McKean Published by Walker Books 

Chalet Lines by Lee Mattinson (playtext)

Chalet Lines

By Lee Mattinson


SUMMARY: A shockingly funny journey through five decades of birthdays, weddings and hen dos, Chalet Lines tackles the difficult questions behind the laughter as it explores whether, in time, all women inevitably become like their mothers?

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour Playtext

Adapted by Lee Hall from the novel, The Sopranos by Alan Warner


SUMMARY: Catholic school girls go wild! The choir trip to Edinburgh goes badly wrong. Funny, sad and raucously rude. A play about singing, sex and Sambucca. Adapted from Alan Warner's brilliant novel. Six girls on the cusp of change. Love, lust, pregnancy and death all spiral out of control in a single day. Warner's blisteringly funny dialogue ends in fireworks (literally). A musical play about using your virginity and finding yourself.

The Pitmen Painters by Lee Hall (playtext)

The Pitmen Painters

By Lee Hall

PRICE: £8.99

SUMMARY: The Pitmen Painters by Lee Hall premiered at Live Theatre before transferring to the National theatre in 2008 and Broadway in 2010. In 1934, a group of Ashington miners and a dental mechanic hired a professor from Newcastle University to teach an Art Appreciation evening class. Unable to understand each other, they embarked on one of the most unusual experiments in British art as the Pitmen learned to become painters.