The Customs House

Plays, panto and popcorn!

The Customs HouseThe Customs House is at the heart of South Tyneside's cultural activity, situated in a listed building in a beautiful location overlooking the River Tyne.

The venue houses a 440 seat theatre, cinema, art gallery, restaurant & bar plus a fantastic rooms suitable for wedding receptions, conferences and celebrations.

With a programme of live theatre events attracting the country's leading performers covering everything from drama to comedy, music and dance to pantomimes and plays - there's always an exciting range of entertainment on offer!

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Free entry to the Gallery will give you access to a diverse mix of art forms. Whether you like figurative or abstract painting, sculpture or installation art, every time you visit the Gallery there will be something exciting, inspiring and perhaps challenging for you to see.

For those looking for a spacious, comfortable environment to relax with a glass of wine before a performance or a bite to eat and a catch up cappuccino with friends, The Green Room Bar & Bistro provides the perfect setting.

The Customs House encourages everyone to get involved with a whole host of great activities as part of its Cultural Development Programme. Singing, drama, ukulele groups and dance classes are just a few of the sessions currently on offer!

Just a stone's throw away from the Customs House is Harton Quays Park, a new addition to the riverside area offering stunning river views, water features and open-air theatre for summer performances. There's also a number of traditional wine bars and pubs which offer real ales, whiskeys, live music and fantastic atmospheres close by.

How to get here

The Customs House
Mill Dam
South Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE32 3DY

Phone: 0191 454 1234
Website: Customs House

Opening times

Box Office open Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 8pm, Sunday to Tuesday 11am to 6pm. On performance days the box office is open until 8pm.

The Gallery is open on performance days 10am to 8.30pm. On non-performance days, Sundays and Bank Holidays it is open 11am to 6pm.

The Green Room is open 11am to late on performance days and 11am to 4pm on non performance days.

Admission charges

Free admission to gallery. Show charges vary.


  • Car parking
  • Toilets
  • Bar
  • Restaurant


  • Wheelchair access throughout public areas
  • Accessible toilets
  • Lifts and ramps
  • Disabled parking
  • Discreet infra-red headsets available for Theatre 1
  • Loop system operates in Theatre 2

Please contact The Customs House for more information on seating arrangements.

More information

For more information, visit the Customs House website.