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Prelude Restaurant

Eat & Drink

Make yourself at home in our café, bar or restaurant. During the day pop in for Coffee & Cake while catching up with friends. By evening, save time and be ready for the performance with drinks or a pre-show meal.

Prelude Restaurant


Come and enjoy our fresh, seasonal menu in Prelude.

Café Royal

Barista coffee, handmade cakes, scones and pastries.

Norwich Theatre Playhouse Bar

Playhouse Bar

A fantastic, friendly space serving a variety of drinks.

Circle Bar


Serving a variety of drinks to enjoy at our Circle or Stalls Bars.


Serving fresh, seasonal ingredients locally sourced whenever possible. Prelude is the perfect modern setting for you to enjoy a meal before the performance.

You can book via the website here or email Alternatively you can leave a message on our restaurant booking line by calling 01603 598577. We would ask for you to provide details of your name, date of booking, number of guests and preferred time and a member of our team will come back to you regarding your reservation.’ The restaurant booking line is not monitored. We endeavour to respond to all enquiries within 24 hours.

Opening Times

Pre-Theatre Dining: Open 2hrs 30mins prior to each show

Prelude is open before each show and  we look forward to welcoming both theatregoers and those looking to enjoy a relaxing meal at Norwich Theatre.


You can find Prelude on the ground floor of the Theatre Royal.

Click here for directions to the theatre, and for details on parking.

Please note:

If you have a reservation in the restaurant and are running late on the night, don’t worry! As a reservation only restaurant the table will be yours for the evening.’ If you arrive within 30 minutes of your table reservation, please be advised there may be a delay on your order being taken. If you arrive 30 minutes after your allocated reservation we cannot guarantee we will be able to fully accommodate your dining requirements (*show & time dependent) although we will do our best to ensure you don’t miss the start of the show!’

Café Royal 

We are delighted to introduce our brand-new addition to the Norwich Theatre family. Our Café Royal team will be thrilled to welcome you in and serve you barista-made coffee, freshly made cakes, and of course a scone and tea.

Open 6 days a week, our café is the perfect spot to relax with friends, take a break from the city, or grab a bite before work.

Opening Times

Mon – Sat 8:30am – 4pm

Sun – closed

(closed from midday on days with a matinee performance)

Follow @CafeRoyalNorwich on Instagram to keep up to date with what we are up to

Café Royal has indoor and outdoor (under cover) seating so we are always prepared for the English weather.

Based in the Theatre Royal building, located in the stalls bar, you can pop in for a coffee, meet friends and even pick which shows you want to come to!

As part of the Norwich Theatre family, our café is an inclusive space, open to all. With local produce and Direct Trade coffee, we are ethical, environmentally conscious and yummy.

Playhouse Bar

A fantastic, friendly space serving real ales from local breweries, German lagers on tap, delicious wines, exotic tea and coffee and splendid small snacks.


Opening Times

Sun – Thu 12 noon – 11pm
Fri & Sat 12 noon – 12 midnight
For the latest bar events and news call 01603 766 669 or follow @theplayhousebar on Instagram.

The Playroom

An intimate, quieter place away from the busy hustle and bustle of the bar. Great for catching up with friends pre-theatre show, getting on with some work with free WIFI or just relaxing.


You’ll receive a warm welcome in either of the Theatre Royal’s two bars which service the circle  and the stalls.

The circle bar is a great place to meet pre-show for a drink or a bite to eat.

The stalls bar opens an hour before the show ideal for a quick drink and chat before the performance begins.

Opening Times

Our Bar opens 90 minutes prior to the performance, sit and relax before the show and have a drink in our spacious bar