Venues North is a network of venues from across the North of England who are committed to supporting artists to create new work. Our aim is to work together as venues to support new and emerging artists from the North to get their work more widely seen regionally, nationally and internationally.

By new work, we mean new theatre and performance, usually devised work or new writing, or work that explores the boundaries of theatrical form.

Venues North is not a closed network or an exclusive group of venues. It is a paid membership organisation open to any venue in the North that shares our commitment to supporting artists making new work.

The group was brought together and is chaired by ARC’s Chief Executive & Artistic Director, Annabel Turpin, and meets three times a year.

Current publications include:

Previous publications include:

  • COVID-19 Status Reports
  • Annual Edinburgh festival guides for work made in the North

Find our past publications on our resources page.

Current members include:

  • Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle
  • ARC Stockton
  • Bolton Octagon
  • Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
  • Carriageworks, Leeds
  • Cast, Doncaster
  • Contact, Manchester
  • Darlington Hippodrome
  • Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle
  • Harrogate Theatre
  • HOME, Manchester
  • Hull Truck Theatre
  • Interplay, Leeds
  • Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
  • Leeds Playhouse
  • Live Theatre, Newcastle
  • Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
  • Liverpool’s Royal Court
  • Northern Stage, Newcastle
  • Oldham Coliseum, Oldham
  • Oldham Library Studio, Oldham
  • Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
  • Sheffield Theatres
  • Slung Low, Leeds
  • Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
  • Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
  • Storyhouse, Chester
  • Sunderland Culture Company
  • The Civic, Barnsley
  • The Dukes, Lancaster
  • The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre, Chorlton
  • The Lowry, Salford
  • The Octagon, University of Sheffield
  • The Old Courts, Wigan
  • Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
  • Theatre Delicatessen, Sheffield
  • Theatre in the Mill, Bradford
  • Unity Theatre, Liverpool
  • University of Salford
  • Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough, Halifax
  • Waterside Arts, Sale
  • York Theatre Royal
  • Z-arts, Manchester

If you are a venue interested in joining, please email Annabel Turpin