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Newcastle Theatre Company reopens doors after COVID closure

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.