The Priory Theatre club was formed in 1946 by Miss Ria Thompson and the first plays were performed in Holy Saviour's After many successful and happy years it was possible for the club to find a more permanent home and The Wesleyan Chapel in Percy Street was purchased in 1972.
It is a source of great pride that we own our very own theatre and it is due to the enterprise of our founder members that we are in this happy position. Visitors describe the theatre as "a little jewel" and over the years we have undertaken building work and refurbishment to ensure the comfort of our patrons and good facilities for our members.
While the focus of our activity is putting on theatre, the social side is just as important
Being part of Tynemouth Priory Theatre is about meeting people with like-interests, making friends, working together to make things happen and having fun. We like everyone to play their part, however supporting, but the play is just as valuable as the work. On the social side:
We run regular club nights when members put on play-readings, mini-play performances, quiz nights and the like.
Coffee is served every Saturday morning in the Green Room when members meet to chat, hear the latest news, win prizes, talk to officers, plan social activities.
There are meals out at Christmas, trips to other theatres
Play-readings happen regularly, for example before formal auditions.
There is a regular newsletter “Curtain Up”.
Work and play: members socialise while they help out with productions and many friendships develop while selling programmes, helping with props or during rehearsals.
There are parties after productions, and in between with the friends you make.
Getting involved in the Theatre can be a great new focus in your life if you have become jaded at work or you need a new challenge.
Everything within the theatre, whether associated with productions or not, is done by the members. The range of activities and jobs is endless! We even have a script library and we hire out scenery cloths and furniture.
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TYNEMOUTH PRIORY THEATRE is a small member-run 189 seat theatre situated in the heart of Tynemouth. Founded by Miss Ria Thompson in 1947, Tynemouth Priory Theatre Club, as it was then known.
The Theatre stages five major plays per season for 6 nights and a pantomime in January running for 12 performances. The season is as varied as possible. This season the company is staging Lt. Columbo - Prescription Murder, The Railway Children, Robinson Crusoe and The Pirates Treasure, Moonlight and Magnolias, Calendar Girls, and The Spirit of Annie Ross.
Members enjoy an active social life including theatre outings, quiz nights, summer bbq etc and a weekly Saturday coffee morning held in the Green Room at 10.30am.Tynemouth Priory Theatre welcomes all new members, acting and non-acting, enquiries to the Company Secretary, Ray Lowry on 0191 2960689.
For season ticket and booking enquiries ring Roland Coaster on 0191 2929292 (answerphone service).
The Theatre also has a "meal deal" arrangement with Il Forno Italian Resturant in Tynemouth Station. Full details available from the booking line.
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Season Tickets only £35
The ticket entitles the holder to reserve the same seats on the same day of the week, and for all 5 plays. Please note: You must select the same evening for each play to take advantage of this offer, but we will endeavour to change an evening on request if we can.
A Monday night season ticket is even cheaper at only £25!
The pantomime performance is not included in the season ticket