The Gala Theatre


Gala is a superb arts venue in the heart of Durham City with 500 seat theatre, 2 cinema screens and a stylish cafe bar.


1916: No Turning Back

Gala Theatre

21.07.16 to 28.08.16



It’s 1916. Your country needs you, the army needs you.… You join one of thousands of County Durham men enlisting in the army, volunteering to fight for your country. You say goodbye to your family and get ready for war.

Unlike anything that has been staged at the Gala Theatre before, 1916: No Turning Back is a new walkthrough experience creating the sights, sounds and smells of the First World War through a cast of live actors, special effects and projection

You will join a new recruit in a transformed Gala Theatre auditorium, volunteering with the ‘Pals’ as you take your first step in the journey of a Durham soldier.

Witness the recruit begin training where he will be prepared and equipped for life on the front line, before enduring the trenches and attacking enemy lines.

The experience continues as you learn that for some the war is over, but for most they are patched up and sent back out. Those that return home, do so a changed person.

This is a fascinating insight into the experiences of the brave Durham soldiers who went to war.

This experience may not be suitable for very small children and will last approximately 40 minutes.

Tickets priced £7.50 (£6.50 concession, £22 family ticket) can be booked at or call Box Office on 03000 266 600



Please note -  this is a promenade experience.  It is suitable for wheelchairs and people with reduced mobility and there are opportunities for people to sit down for a short time at various points, but it is not a seated experience. 


Between Thursday 21 July and Sunday 28 August at  10.30, 11.10, 11.30, 11.50, 12.10, 12.30, 13.50, 14.10, 14.30, 14.50, 15.10, 15.30, 16.10, 16.30, 16.50, 17.10, 17.30 and 17.50

£7.50 (£6.50 conc)


Opening Times


10:00 - 20:30


10:00 - 20:30


10:00 - 20:30


10:00 - 20:30


10:00 - 20:30


10:00 - 20:30


14:30 - 20:30



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03000 266 600