22 May 2023 / News

International Conference: September 13 – 15: Victorian & Edwardian theatre in performance

Tyne Theatre & Opera House
13/09/23 – 15/09/2023
£120 EARLY BIRD (until 30 June) | £150 (from 1 July) | £60 (Postgraduate/Student)

Victorian & Edwardian Theatre in Performance: Music & Machinery – Stagecraft & Spectacle will take place at the beautiful Grade I listed Tyne Theatre & Opera House which has a historically significant installation of original Victorian stage machinery. The 3-day conference will examine the inter-relationships between the stage, the orchestra pit, the performer and the audience during the Victorian & Edwardian periods.

The conference will include a wide selection of papers from academics, historians and enthusiasts of the stage. Click the following links to view the full conference schedule and a list of speakers and their paper titles.

The conference will also mark the completion of the theatre’s performance database which has been developed as part of our heritage project and includes all performances at the TT&OH between 1867-1919. The conference will culminate with a practical demonstration of the historic Victorian stage machinery, currently being restored by our volunteer team.

The conference is part of the Tyne Theatre & Opera House National Lottery Heritage Fund project ‘The Drury Lane of the North’. Please note that all papers will be given in English and there will be no translation services available.


A 3-day conference ticket includes access to all papers, tours, demonstrations and the drinks reception. Lunches and refreshments are also included in your ticket price. The conference dinner (info to be released) is not included in the conference ticket and will be ticketed separately.

Wed 13
10am – 6:15pm: Conference papers
6:30pm: Theatre tours
7:30pm: Drinks reception

Thu 14
9am-6:15pm: Conference papers
Conference dinner (external & ticketed separately)

Fri 15
9:15am-2:30pm: Conference papers
2:30pm: Stage Machinery Demonstration
Conference end

Booking fees & charges apply when booking online or over the phone via Eventim. No fees for booking in person at the box office.

The Tyne Theatre and Opera House box office is open 10am-3:30pm Mon-Fri (or until show start if there is a performance that evening + an hour before weekend performances).

For information on accessible bookings, please click here

For more information and to book tickets, visit their website.