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For the safety of all our audiences and staff, as a condition of entry we require you to wear a face mask whilst you are in the Theatre Royal (exemptions apply).

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What a glorious feeling!

Friends save 20% with the most generous Friends scheme in the UK and the largest arts membership scheme in the region with over 6,000 members.

You can enjoy….. 20% off Theatre Royal tickets*….. 20% off drinks at Theatre Royal bars**….. Priority booking ahead of the public ….. Free ticket exchange or credit note***….. Friends newsletter each season ….. Book online with your discount ….. and much, much more!

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Priority bookings before they’re soul’d out.

Upgrade your membership

If at any time you wish to upgrade to Friends Membership, your Advantage Membership fee will be deducted from your Friends Membership – so Advantage membership is effectively free when you join the Friends!

Get in touch

You can also join when you book your tickets in person or on the phone. For further information, to join without booking tickets or to be sent a copy of the membership leaflet please call 0191 244 2511 or email

Inside View

You have tickets for the show but do you want to know what really goes on behind the scenes? 

Inside View events offer Friends an exclusive opportunity to take part in a Q&A session with a member of the visiting company and socialise with friends, fellow theatre goers and the Friends of the Theatre Royal Committee.


Join us from 10.30am for tea, coffee and lively conversation before taking your seat at 11am ready to take a journey into the life of our guest.

There is something for everyone at our Inside View events, with guests from dramas to musicals, you can guarantee that our wonderful host Pam Clarke will uncover some of the untold truths and unexpected revelations during a morning filled with interesting, funny and heart warming stories!


Previous guests have included Shirley Anne Field (A Judgement in Stone), Lesley Joseph (Young Frankenstein), Dame Sian Phillips, Derek Griffiths and Teddy Kempner (Driving Miss Daisy) and Ria Jones (Sunset Boulevard).

Inside View events are not just restricted to Friends of the Theatre; feel free to bring along a guest (or two) as all income supports the running of Friends’ events and helps raise funds for the Theatre Royal. We hope to see you at some of our upcoming events…

Coming up...

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Inside View: The Drifter's Girl

Sat 16 Oct 2021

Exclusive event - become a Friend to join us

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Meet Our Chief Executive

Sat 30 Oct 2021

Exclusive event - become a Friend to join us

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Talk with playwright Ed Waugh

Thu 18 Nov 2021

Exclusive event - become a Friend to join us

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Q & A: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Fri 10 Dec 2021

Exclusive event - become a Friend to join us

Welcome Friends, you’re in good company

Matcham's Numbers

Matcham’s Numbers is a prize draw that raises funds for the Theatre Royal and gives those taking part the chance to win a monthly cash prize.

For just £12.00 per year you can be in with the chance of winning, please email if you would like to take part.

Congratulations to our MATCHAM’S NUMBERS winners!

May 2020 – 329 – Miss A McCabe
June 2020 – 396 – Mr M Sugden
July 2020 – 240 – Miss EEL Taylor
August 2020 – 233 – Mr SA Keighley
September 2020 – 361 – Mrs EB Tiling
October 2020 -128 – Ms J Svenson

November 2020 – 191 BA Sweeting
December 2020 – 340 Ms H Johnson
January 2021 – 311 Mr D Greenwood
February 2021 – 67 Mrs B Allan
March 2021 – 316  Dr E Manning
April 2021 – 201  Dr J Suddes

All winners will be notified by post. Good Luck to everyone taking part in future draws!