Newcastle Fringe Festival to return this summer with theatre, music, comedy and more

A city-wide showcase of performing arts is coming to five Newcastle venues this summer, giving locals the chance to discover a huge variety of top creative talent from across the UK.

Newcastle Fringe Festival will return from Tuesday, July 18 until Saturday, July 29, with dozens of acts set to take over Alphabetti Theatre on St James’ Boulevard. Other popular Newcastle venues will also be taking part in the festival across the 10-day period, including Prohibition Cabaret Bar in the city centre, and Seven Stories, The Old Coal Yard and The Cumberland Arms in the Ouseburn.

Organisers are now looking for small-scale touring work in the worlds of theatre, music, comedy, cabaret and more to be part of the 2023 line-up, with 42 performance slots available in total. The festival is set to be bigger and better than ever following its 2021 debut, with a range of options for artists from one-nighters to the full 10-date run.

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The festival will also have an accompanying ‘Invigorate’ programme, which offers workshops, talks and paid opportunities to develop artists in the region. If you’d be interested in performing as part of the festival, visit the event website for full details of the application process – the deadline to apply is 5pm on Tuesday, May 23.

Tickets for Newcastle Fringe Festival will cost £10 at full price or £5 concession, and 10 tickets will also be available per performance at a ‘no questions asked’ price of just £3. Produced by Alphabetti and a team of local freelancers, the event has been made possible through support from arts Council England and the Community Foundation.

Newcastle Fringe Festival is just one of the events going on at Alphabetti Theatre this summer, with stage plays, music performances, a Eurovision party, karaoke with showtunes, and an arts and crafts quiz all on the bill in the coming weeks. The theatre also hosts a monthly community dinner party, which gives artists the chance to meet fellow creatives over food.


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