Young lady in a theatre

Take a cultural trip to North Northumberland

There’s a lot more to a visit to North Northumberland than beaches and castles, and if you’re staying at South Meadows, you might be surprised by just how much culture is just on the doorstep.

two singers singing a duet

Two singers singing a duet

During June and July, you’ll find some quality theatre and opera on offer in Berwick. The town’s Maltings arts centre is the most northern venue in England and is staging an eclectic programme over the summer months. In the next few weeks, you’ll find local, national and touring shows on offer, that attract audiences from across the region.

The Maltings will be hosting a live broadcast of the Royal Opera’s production of Werther on June 27.

The piece, which is sung in French, is based on Goethe’s novel The Sorrows of Young Werther and is written by Massenet.

It tells the story of poet Werther’s love for Charlotte, which cannot be fulfilled because she is committed to another man. The passionate piece stars Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo stars as Werther, with Joyce DiDonato as Charlotte.

Directed by the Royal Opera’s Music Director Antonio Pappano, the show is being broadcast live to Berwick from The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

A British soldier from the First World World, c.1918

A British soldier from WW1



The mood changes on July 1 when the poignant World War I drama The Accrington Pals comes to The Maltings, in a theatre production raising funds for the Anthony Nolan Foundation.

The play concentrates on the radical changes wreaked by war on the men who left the small Lancashire mill town to fight and the women who stayed at home during a period of major change.

Mixing light touches of comedy in the domestic scenes with the horrors of the Battle of the Somme, it’s an acclaimed piece that will entertain audiences and make them think.


Ready for the opera

Ready for the opera



Scottish talent is on display at The Maltings on July 8, with the Byre Opera’s production of The Turn of the Screw is performed as part of the Berwick Festival Opera season.

The ghostly operatic story is being staged by the University of St Andrews’ in house opera company.

The eerie opera, based on Henry James’ famous ghost story, is directed by Tania Holland.


This is just a taster of some of the culture that you’ll find in North Northumberland during the summer. Whether you’re seeking opera, music of all genres, theatre or film, you’ll discover a packed programme of events to complement your trip to one of Britain’s finest counties and coastlines.