One of Newcastle’s major theatre companies has reopened following a six-month closure due to COVID-19.
The Newcastle Theatre Company (NTC) at Lambton was unfortunately forced to close in March partway through a production season when state government directives meant gatherings were forbidden.
The company, which has been a stalwart of the Newcastle theatre scene since 1957, last night hosted only its third opening night of the year for a short season of the Tony award-winning play Art.
During the enforced break, NTC has ploughed more than $250,000 into improvements at its De Vitre Street site with facade facelifts, new airconditioning systems, revamped rehearsal studios and improved actor and patron amenities.
Funds came from a large state government grant and company resources.
This week’s reopening will be followed by a short season of The Fix by local playwright Dez Robertson in October and a full season of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter in November and December.
NTC has a state government-approved COVID plan in place, which ensures socially-distanced seating and added hygiene measures.
Head here for more information on what’s happening at Newcastle Theatre Company and to book tickets.