All about the Westovian Theatre Society - Pier Pavilion South Shields

All about the Westovian Theatre Society at the Pier Pavilion in South Shields

Welcome to The Westovian Theatre Society's web site. We are one of South Tyneside's leading amateur theatre groups producing a variety of senior and junior productions each year.

You can contact the theatre at any time using the details below. The Westovians are always eager to welcome people interested in presenting high quality theatre in a professional manner.

We welcome budding actors, people interested in the various disciplines of stagecraft, such as: sound recording, lighting design, set building, wardrobe, props, admin skills etc. "It's great fun and rewarding for people of all abilities, but main qualification is the ability to work and enjoy yourself".

We look forward to hearing from you!

Heritage Weekend Open Day:

Our doors will be open for you to come and have a look around our wonderful theatre. Having started life as an old sea side shelter it was converted into a small community theatre in 1948. It was used by a number of societies until the Westovians took over the building in 1977. Internally, the original old cast iron columns and fretted iron arch spandrels give touches of visual delight and Victorian character. We have a raked 273 seat (with 14 accessible places for wheelchairs), auditorium with plush red 1930s tip-up seats that are contained between a run of cast iron columns either side of the auditorium. We perform 8 shows per season including our sell-out pantomime. Our coffee bar will be open for refreshments.

Booking information and Box Office details:

Tickets are available for all shows NOW.  Download a booking form and send it along with a stamped addressed envelope and your cheque made payable to "The Westovian Theatre Society" to:

The Postal Booking Office
Pier Pavilion, Pier Parade
South Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE33 2JS

Postal bookings are accepted until approximately 3 weeks prior to a production (see individual shows for exact dates).  Tickets are then available from the Visitor Information Centre, Haven Point, South Shields, NE33 2JS, Open Hours: 10am - 1pm > 1.30pm - 5pm or Telephone on 0191 424 7788. Telephone Bookings may be made at the Box Office on 0191 4560980 during a production between the hours of 7pm and 8pm. Productions start at 7.30pm. except for pantomime Matinees 2.00pm.

Contacting the committee members:

Please use one of the following email addresses to get in contact with the appropriate member/section of the comittee. Or simply use the online contact form for more specific requirements.

Miriam Beber:

Tristan Gaines:

Box Office Manager:

Our Committee Members

Officers of the Society:

  • Hon. Chairman - Ian Johnson
  • Hon. Secretary - Miriam Beber
  • Hon. Treasurer - Ken Allen

Business Committee:

  • Chairman - Julie Dawson
  • Vice Chairman - Anne Beber
  • Members: Joan Markwick, Mary Stephinson, Anne Allen, Anne Kilty, Gillian Lamb, Tristan Gaines

Production Committee:

  • Chairman - Gareth Hunter
  • Vice Chairman - Ronald Markwick
  • Members: Dolores Poretta-Brown, Peter Dawson, Mark Lamb, Carole Cook, Val Codling, Jim Barton, Jack Young


  • Front of House Manager - Anne Allen
  • Coffee Bar Managers - C. Naylor & Anne Beber
  • Technical Managers - Ian Johnson
  • Membership Secretary - Anne Allen
  • Theatre Hire - Ian Johnson
  • Designated Premises Supervisor – Julie Dawson