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A glittering, glamourous peek into the spectacular world of online gambling.

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Gamble is a glittering, glamourous peek into the spectacular world of online gambling. A bittersweet multimedia show about addiction and its effect on families, friendships and communities. Gamble challenges the stereotypes attached to compulsive gamblers through a personal narrative and is informed by interviews with industry experts, health professionals, people in recovery, and their loved ones.

Hannah used to think gambling was all about the big wins at the village monthly bingo. Then she moved to the BIG, bright city of Newcastle… and had huge nights at the casino. A decade later the gambling industry is all about online and BIGGER than ever!

The UK gambling industry is worth £14.3 billion and it’s estimated that there are around 24 million people in the UK who participate in online gaming. That’s about 44% of the entire adult population. Gambling has the highest rate of suicide of all the addictions. Research indicates that there are between 250 and 650 gambling related suicides every year in the UK… a minimum of one every working day.

Nothing will ever be any easier than being able to open your phone, log in online and start gambling, all within the comfort of your own home alongside those you love most.

All day.
All night.
Every second.

Each performance will be BSL interpreted.

Age Recommendation: 14+

Age Guidance


Trigger Warning

Gambling (live play, images, sounds) which may be very triggering to people with a gambling addiction or who are in recovery. References to mental health conditions. There will be a post-show discussion (including time for spontaneous questions from the audience) which may include references to other potential triggers including suicide.

Each performance is followed by a post-show discussion with Dr Matthew Gaskell – Clinical Lead & Consultant Psychologist for The NHS Northern Gambling Service.

Access at Northern Stage

There are two entrances to the theatre, Kings Road Entrance (this is the taxi drop-off/collection point) and the Main Entrance.

Both level entrances have automated doors. These lead into the foyer area where you will find the Restaurant, Bar, Box Office and entrances to Stages 1, 2 and 3.


Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available


There are five wheelchair positions in Stage 1, two positions in Stage 2 and all seats are removeable in Stage 3.


Accessible toilets in Stage 3 and Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.


Induction loop system in all public spaces, and an infra-red system in all three stages. (In Stage 1 the induction loop is best covered in rows E – L)


One free ticket for the assistant of a disabled person who is not able to attend unaccompanied.


Guide, hearing and all working dogs are welcome here

Accessibility at Norther Stage
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To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.

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