Civic Theatre

Hire the Civic Theatre for full scale theatre productions, live music, comedians, drama, dance and much more.

The Civic Theatre is one of Newcastle's most vibrant cultural institutions and an iconic site in the heart of our city. 

The Civic Theatre, owned and managed by Newcastle City Council, hosts a diverse palette of live performance and has been in the business of entertainment for over 85 years. It is Newcastle's most popular and prestigious venue for arts and culture and has helped shape the dynamic cultural identity of the city.

Our rooms

Main Auditorium

The 1450 seat main auditorium combines the grandeur and atmosphere of the great picture palaces, with the comfort, technology and professional capability of today.  The lower level stalls seat 885 whilst the upper level dress circle seats 565. The main auditorium can also be used in Intimate Mode. This refers to the seating mode when there is a curtain behind row P in the stalls, creating a smaller more intimate space with less capacity.
 View the Main Auditorium seating plan (pdf)

Promenade Room

The Promenade Room is today used extensively for meetings, social functions and pre-show gatherings. Adjoining the Balcony overlooking Wheeler Place this space is ideal for approx 80 people cocktail-style.

 View Promenade Room floorplan (pdf)
 

Commonwealth Promenade

The Commonwealth Promenade Foyer is used regularly for cocktail parties, welcome receptions, launches and even the occasional wedding. Combined with the adjacent Promenade Room and Balcony this space can cater for up 300 people cocktail style or 120 seated banquet style.

 View the Commonwealth Promenade floorplan (pdf)

Stalls Foyer & Entrance Foyer

The stalls foyer is the entrance to the Civic Theatre and is the main foyer area. The space is enhanced by two huge period artworks of Newcastle by Henry Gallop contributing significantly to the art deco ambience. The stalls foyer is a flexible function space for up to 120 people banquet-style or 400 cocktail-style. 

 View the Stalls Foyer floorplan (pdf)
 View the Entrance Foyer floorplan (pdf)

Civic Bar

The Civic Bar is regularly used for daytime meetings and social functions. There is capacity for up to 50 people theatre-style, 60 cocktail-style and 30 banquet-style. 

 View the Lounge Bar floorplan (pdf)
 

Caberet Mode - Main Auditorium

For a truly unique experience or one- off event, we can convert the magnificent Civic Theatre Auditorium to banquet style seating and your guests can dance on the stage!

All stalls seats are removed and replaced by clothed round tables, covered chairs, elegant table settings and mood lighting. The Civic Auditorium cabaret-mode can seat up to 450 people at round tables.

The mighty Civic stage and its technical and production capabilities combined with our award-winning catering & professional on site staff complete the package.

 View a floor plan showing the Civic Theatre Newcastle in Cabaret Mode (pdf)

Please contact our Venue & Event Co-ordinators on (02) 4974 2166 to discuss venue hire costs.