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NPF 2023: Carol Ann Duffy, Imtiaz Dharker, John Sampson

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18:30-19:30 Carol Ann Duffy, Imtiaz Dharker, John Sampson 

The special event will feature the luminous words of Carol Ann Duffy and Imtiaz Dharker to the wonderful music of John Sampson.

Carol Ann Duffy was UK Poet Laureate for a decade from 2009 to 2019. She won the PEN Pinter Prize in 2012 and was made a DBE in the 2015 New Year Honours list. In 2021, she was awarded the International Golden Wreath for lifetime achievement in poetry.

Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and video film maker. She is Chancellor of Newcastle University and was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014. Her six collections, all published by Bloodaxe Books, include Over the Moon and Luck is the Hook.

John Sampson has collaborated with poet Carol Ann Duffy in live performance since 2003. They have performed at literary festivals around the UK, New Zealand, Hong Kong. He works as a musical director and has composed for radio, theatre, ballet and television.

This event is in partnership with the Institute of English Studies.

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.


To book a free ticket for a wheelchair companion or an assistant, contact our Box Office on 0191 230 5151, via email at or by visiting our Box Office in person.


Guide, hearing and all working dogs are welcome here.


Stage 1: Seats are 43 cm wide, 41cm deep, with 46cm between arm rests. The aisleway is 51cm deep from the seat back. Arm rests cannot be removed.

Stage 2: Seats are 40cm wide, 41cm deep. The aisleway is 64cm deep from the seat back. There are no arm rests.

Our seats are rated to British Standards at installation and are guaranteed to hold up to 110kg.

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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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