An abundance of Theatres in Norfolk
Published date: October 2018
Norfolk has a great variety of theatres dotted across the county, from the impressive Theatre Royal in Norwich, to smaller, more intimate venues.
The region loves the performing arts, be it, drama, comedy, music or dance; there is nothing quite like a live performance.
From local theatre groups to touring West-End productions, Norfolk has it all.
Theatre Royal Norwich
This art-deco theatre in Norwich attracts some of the best touring productions, including musical theatre, opera, ballet, concerts, comedy and drama. Norwich Theatre Royal has been a popular venue for over 250 years and has over 400,000 people attending annually to watch 400 performances. The theatre has 1300 seats, two bars, two function rooms and a café/restaurant.
To find out what’s on at the Theatre Royal Norwich, visit their website:
Theatre Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1RL
The Maddermarket Theatre has been staging plays, musicals and other events since 1921. Located in the heart of Norwich city centre, the Maddermarket today has more choice than ever, from in-house plays, visiting companies, classical, opera and contemporary music, to stand-up comedy, dance, theatre productions and talks. They also offer a busy programme of workshops and classes.
There are three performance spaces at the Maddermarket Theatre; the main auditorium, Emmerson Studio Theatre and the Redwell Maddermarket Bar and Gallery.
To see what’s coming on at the Maddermarket Theatre, go to their website:
St Johns Alley, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1DR
The Norwich Playhouse is a 300-seat theatre in the heart of Norwich. It’s a relaxed and intimate venue that opened in 1995, in what was formerly a 19th Century maltings.
A broad range of shows run throughout the year, with performances from world-wide touring companies. Recognised as one of the very best comedy venues in East Anglia, Norwich Playhouse present big names in the stand-up scene, international music stars, critically-acclaimed drama companies and fun children’s shows. They have an award-winning garden that is just beautiful on a warm summer evening and two galleries exhibiting a variety of work by local artists. Norwich Playhouse also have a well-stocked bar.
If you would like to see what’s on at Norwich Playhouse, go to their website:
42-58 St Georges St, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1AB
Norwich Puppet Theatre
Norwich Puppet Theatre hosts original shows, activities, workshops and masterclasses for all ages and is a great introduction to the magic of theatre.
Located within a converted medieval church, Norwich Puppet Theatre is one of only three building-based puppet theatres in England. It has been home to a family of puppets for over 30 years, and they produce new family shows here before they tour the UK and abroad. Dedicated to championing this special artform, Norwich Puppet Theatre host adult shows and talent development masterclasses for puppeteers, theatre makers and performers.
Check out what’s coming on at Norwich Puppet Theatre by visiting their website:
St James, Whitefriars, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1TN
Norwich Arts Centre
Norwich Arts Centre is a contemporary arts venue that delivers a wide programme of live music, theatre, dance, live art, visual art, literature and comedy. It’s a small and independently run venue in the heart of the city, located in the former St Swithin’s Church, a beautiful flint building dating back to the fifteenth century. It has charitable status with a mission to develop and support artists and nurture emerging talent across a range of art forms.
To see what’s on at Norwich Arts Centre, visit their website:
51 St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4PG
Sewell Barn Theatre
Located within the Blyth-Jex School grounds, the Sewell Barn Theatre has gained a reputation for its presentation of a varied, challenging and ambitious programme of plays.
Constitution Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 4BB
To see what’s on, visit their website:
Situated in the centre of Norwich, The Garage is a hub for performing arts and a creative playground for beginners to professionals. Learn, experience, create and be inspired at The Garage.
Working with local and national partners The Garage provides high quality performing arts programming, participation, education and training for all age groups, but with a particular focus on young people from all backgrounds.
To find out more about The Garage, visit their website:
14 Chapelfield North, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1NY
Sheringham Little Theatre
Sheringham Little Theatre is located in the centre of Sheringham, on the north Norfolk coast. Hosting a wide variety of plays, music, comedy and films throughout the year, they also offer drama classes for young people. Their Summer Rep season and Christmas panto always prove popular.
The Hub is the theatre’s coffee bar, that is run by a team of volunteers.
To find out what’s on at Sheringham Little Theatre, visit their website:
2 Station Road, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8RE
Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre
Best known for being the only ‘end of the pier show’ of its kind in the world, it dazzles audiences with its famous Seaside Special show of traditional variety acts. Cromer Theatre has around 500 seats, so it’s an intimate experience, however it still manages to attract quality acts and puts on a wide variety of shows and performances throughout the year.
Visit their website to see what’s on at Cromer Pier:
The Promenade, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9HE
The Auden Theatre
Located within Gresham’s Senior School grounds, the Auden Theatre offers a unique, intimate and versatile space for professional performances in a modern and purpose-built venue.
The theatre hosts a diverse and expansive programme of productions throughout the year from local music groups to international musicians and touring theatre companies. The Auden Theatre is one of the main venues for the Holt Festival that is held every July and seats just over 300 people.
To see what’s on, visit the Auden Theatre website:
Gresham’s School, Cromer Road, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6EA
The Pavilion Theatre opened in the summer of 1901 and is an original Edwardian building with a seating capacity of 300. It is open all year round and hosts live shows and music including plays, pantomimes, musicals and concerts and a popular 26-week Summer Season of Showtime.
To see what’s on, visit their website:
Pier Gardens, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 6PP
Britannia Pier Theatre
Located in the heart of Great Yarmouth’s sea front, Britannia Pier Theatre has a great selection of shows every summer, including variety shows, stand-up comedians and live music.
Visit their website to find out more:
Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EH
St. George’s Theatre
Great Yarmouth’s, St George’s Theatre is housed in a converted Grade I listed former chapel building in the town centre. Offering a diverse range of live entertainment such as plays, comedy, and music, St George’s Theatre can also be hired for weddings, conferences and events.
To see what’s on at St George’s Theatre, visit their website:
King’s Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2PG
King’s Lynn Corn Exchange
The King’s Lynn Corn Exchange is a popular entertainment venue featuring everything from children’s shows and pantomimes to opera, musicals and comedy.
Situated in the heart of King’s Lynn, the Corn Exchange’s auditorium has flexible seating, with 733 seats which can be cleared to accommodate 1200 people standing. The Corn Exchange is maintained by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and is operated by Alive Leisure, a charitable organisation.
To see what’s on at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, visit their website:
Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1JW
An 80-seat auditorium, Westacre Theatre is suitable for small scale live productions, films, workshops, seminars, exhibitions, lectures and other events. It has a fully licensed bar that is open on performance nights.
To see what’s on, go to their website:
River Road, Westacre, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 1UD
The Corn Hall
Located in the historic market town of Diss, Norfolk, The Corn Hall is a Grade II listed building which was originally built as a corn exchange. It is now a thriving arts venue hosting a wide variety of live entertainment, events, exhibitions, classes and meetings.
The Corn Hall’s main hall has a seated capacity of 300 and a maximum standing capacity of 450. It’s an intimate venue that has been shortlisted in the Norfolk Arts Awards People’s Choice Best Venue category for the last three years.
It is run by the Diss Corn Hall Trust, a charity dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts.
To see what’s on at The Corn Hall, go to their website:
St Nicholas Street, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4LB
The Princess Theatre
Located in the small seaside town of Hunstanton, the theatre is a stone’s throw from the award-winning beaches of the resort affectionately named ‘Sunny Hunny’. The Princess Theatre offers a wide range of live entertainment from variety to drama, dance and music. Films are also shown at the theatre and the venue has a wine bar with a sea view sun terrace, overlooking the beautiful Norfolk coastline.
To see what’s on at the Princess Theatre, visit their website:
13 The Green, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 5AH