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Top Entertainment Venues in Newcastle NSW

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by Sue W (subscribe)
Lover of exploring, family, food and fun!
Published September 21st 2022
See a live show this weekend
Newcastle is brimming with live entertainment, every night of the week. Whether it is drama, comedy or music at local theatres and pubs or bigger productions in larger venues, you are spoilt for choice for live entertainment in Newcastle. Larger venues in Newcastle host many of the touring shows that travel the country such as Nitro Circus, Keith Urban, Elton John and International Comedy Festivals. As Newcastle locals enjoy living in a city with big events each weekend, it is recommended that you book your tickets early to avoid missing out!

I personally subscribe to each of these venues' newsletters, so I know what's coming up and I can buy tickets when they are first released. I have been to each of these venues listed below and have had an exceptional experience at every one. Why don't you book some tickets to a live show this weekend? Nothing beats a live show!

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Image: Original images from Newcastle Civic Theatre Facebook

Newcastle Civic Theatre is located on Hunter Street in the centre of Newcastle and it hosts touring shows, comedians, comedy festivals, bands, orchestras, dance performances, children's shows, opera and more! The theatre seats approximately 1500 people, with excellent views from both the lower level (Stalls) and the top level (Dress Circle). This heritage-listed theatre is visually breath-taking, as it was built in 1929 and the interior is in the Spanish Baroque style.

I have visited this theatre numerous times and am always impressed by the ornate architectural features and the professionalism of the shows. If you have mobility issues, be aware that due to the age of the building, there is no lift to the upper-level Dress Circle and there are a lot of stairs to walk up. See here for the shows playing now!

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Enjoy the shows and stunning architecture at the Newcastle Civic Theatre. Image: Newcastle Civic Theatre Facebook

The Playhouse is a smaller theatre space, located in the same building as the Newcastle Civic Theatre, above. This theatre is much smaller and seats 179 people, with every seat having an excellent view in the staggered seating. This smaller, more intimate theatre has small stage plays, musical performances, kids shows, poetry readings, live music, community theatre and more. My daughter and I have watched a few children's shows in this venue and we were impressed that every seat had a great view, as we looked down onto the performance. Check out what's on here!

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Seating inside The Playhouse. Image: Newcastle Civic Theatre Facebook

Newcastle City Hall is located on King Street behind the Newcastle Civic Theatre and opposite Civic Park. It seats 805 people with chairs placed on the lower floor and permanent theatre seats located up on the floor above. Due to the amazing acoustics in this theatre space, it often hosts touring orchestras, musicians and singers. I personally saw Ian Moss and Troy Cassar-Daley in this hall and enjoyed the intimacy of the space. In complete contrast, this venue also hosts professional wresting nights, so you will find all kinds of entertainment at City Hall! See here for the latest shows.

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Seating inside Newcastle City Hall. Image: Newcastle Civic Theatre Facebook

Newcastle Entertainment Centre is located at Broadmeadow and hosts big names such as Keith Urban, Disney on Ice and Michael Buble, as well as speaking events and sports. Depending on the show, it can seat approximately 6000 people or over 7000, for general admission standing. My family and I visited this venue for Disney on Ice and sat in the very back row and still had a great view. It was opened in 1992, so some areas are very dated, but the overall experience is excellent. See here for what's on this year!

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Seating inside Newcastle Entertainment Centre. Image: NEC Facebook

McDonald Jones Stadium, also located at Broadmeadow, is a large entertainment venue for sports, with soccer and rugby league filling the stands each winter. It is the home of the Newcastle Jets and Newcastle Knights, so expect to see blue and red all over the grounds. The stadium seats over 30,000 people and also hosts Supercross, stunt bike shows and big names - with Elton John performing in 2023! See here for what's on.

There are also many other community theatres, live music venues and entertainment venues around Newcastle and the Hunter, where you can support the creative arts every night of the week. COVID has slowed down the arts industry over the last few years, so it is good to see that live shows are back to full capacity in Newcastle. Why don't you see what's on tonight?

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Nitro Circus at McDonald Jones Stadium. Image: McDonald Jones Stadium Facebook

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