Arts & Entertainment
Whatever your age or taste, Norwich has something for everyone.
The Theatre Royal in Theatre Street was refurbished in 1992 and has an excellent reputation as one of the country’s finest provincial theatres, attracting companies and artists from all over the world. Productions staged include ballet, opera, plays, musicals and children’s shows. The theatre also has a restaurant, bar and café.
Norwich Playhouse on St George’s Street plays host to a range of touring companies with productions that include drama, comedy, music and dance.
The Maddermarket Theatre in St John’s Alley is the home of the Norwich Players and has been for many years. They are an amateur company, who are highly respected and produce work of a very high standard.
Norwich Puppet Theatre on Whitefriars is housed within a medieval church and provides imaginative productions that appeal to all ages.
Galleries and Arts Centres
The Assembly House in Theatre Street has two rooms in which local artists and craftsmen display their work. There is also an excellent restaurant that is open all year round.
Castle Museum is home to a collection of the Norwich School of Painters and also some other local artists. There are English watercolours of both the 18th and 19th centuries as well as modern English work. They also have visiting exhibitions, including art work from the Tate.
The King of Hearts on Fye Bridge is situated in part of a Tudor mansion. It is a popular yet intimate place with changing exhibitions of contemporary paintings. It also has a variety of events, which include poetry readings and workshops and concerts.
Norwich Arts Centre at Reeve’s Yard on St Benedict’s Street has photographic exhibitions and is a centre for the performing arts. It hosts a range of entertainment including comedy, drama, folk and blues and workshops.
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is at the University of East Anglia (UEA). It displays art from different cultures and ages and the building itself, designed by Sir Norman Foster, has won several awards.
Hollywood in Anglia Square, Vue in Castle Mall and
Odeon at the Riverside complex, all of which are multiscreen cinemas.
Cinema City on St Andrew’s Street is a single screen cinema showing English and foreign films.
Norwich is considered the clubbing capital of East Anglia attracting people from far afield. The Riverside has popular pubs and clubs open until the early hours, as well as Prince of Wales Road and Tombland.
University of East Anglia (UEA) off Earlham Road provides a range of performances from classical works to rock bands, as well as public lectures by leading writers.
Norfolk has a great variety of theatres dotted across the county, from the impressive Theatre Royal in Norwich, to smaller, more intimate venues.
You can’t beat live music and in Norfolk there are some great music venues; from large open-air concerts to pubs offering more intimate experiences. Whatever your preferred genre, you are sure to find some live music at one of these Norfolk music venues.
Gone are the days when watching a film meant going to the local cinema. Today there are many other options available, with on-demand movies proving very popular, with the likes of Netflix, Sky, Amazon Prime and other streaming services all vying for a share of the market. Many people have cinema sized TVs as standard at home, so going to the cinema to watch a movie is no longer imperative.