Norwich Theatre is among the UK’s leading performing arts organisations and the largest arts organisation in the East of England. Made up of three venues – Theatre Royal, Playhouse and Stage Two all situated in the heart of the historic city of Norwich – Norwich Theatre welcomes around 450,000 visitors across its venues every year.
Our artistic programme spans the whole spectrum of the performing arts including drama, dance, musicals, opera, ballet, comedy, circus, music and spoken word. We work in close partnership with a range of world-class artists and companies to present a year-round programme at all three stages that is characterised by high quality, variety and diversity. Our current portfolio of artistic partners include: Britten Sinfonia, English Touring Opera, Glyndebourne, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, National Theatre, Northern Ballet, Rambert, Royal Shakespeare Company, Sadler’s Wells and Welsh National Opera. We also have an expanding portfolio of work that we commission or produce ourselves. Our most recent collaborative projects were with curious directive, Lost in Translation and Acosta Danza as well as the annual Theatre Royal pantomime which is produced in-house each year.
As a registered charity, Norwich Theatre is committed to make the arts accessible to the broadest range of people through a wide-ranging and diverse artistic programme and an extensive programme of Learning & Participation work. With this aspiration in mind, our award-winning Take Part programme has three strands of activity: Learning & Education, Training & Skills and Community Participation. Every year more than 5,000 people of all ages take part in workshops, courses and projects which aim to support curriculum delivery within schools and colleges, develop talent and skills development within the performing arts or break down barriers to attendance at our venues or engagement with the performing arts. Our Theatre Courses have been running for more than 25 years and now boast an impressive alumni working professionally within the sector and our flagship Community Participation programme, Creative Matters, has received significant recognition for its achievements in diversifying our audiences and engaging harder-to-reach groups.
We receive no regular revenue funding from any public sources so we rely upon on our share of Box Office income, one-off grants, fundraising and our Friends scheme, as well as the profits from our commercial activities to deliver our work. Any surplus funds generated beyond covering our costs each year are reinvested into the organisation’s work and the upkeep of our buildings.