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Curtain Up On A New-Look Norwich Playhouse

Norwich’s riverside theatre is undergoing major refurbishment, with the curtain going up on the new-look auditorium just in time for a series of sell-out shows later this month.

There’s a treat for feet with squidgy new carpets and a boost for bottoms with a fresh foam refit for seats. The 300-seat theatre is also undergoing a technical upgrade with updates to the Control Room to enhance the quality of live music and interactive shows for the audience.

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The six-work major refurbishment programme is underway as the auditorium is stripped bare

Refurbishment began at Norwich Playhouse in July, with an intensive six-weeks of work to refresh of fixtures and fittings and make technical improvements to enhance the audience’s experience. The first guests to enjoy the new auditorium will be those with tickets to The Nimmo Twins sell-out show on Wednesday 23rd August.

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The Playhouse gardens are open throughout the week (10am 'til late Mon-Sat and noon 'til late on Sundays)

Norwich Playhouse opened in 1995 in what had formerly been a 19th century maltings; the building has been home to many things over the years including a pub, a newspaper office, a builders’ merchant depot, a warehouse and a Greek restaurant. If you get chance before a show, make sure you pop in to The Playhouse bar where you can sit alongside the river and enjoy a drink in the award-winning garden. Note to self: Make sure you don’t have one too many or you’ll find yourself spinning in the topsy turvy bar with its otherworldly ceiling!

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Yep, that's just an upside-down city above your head...

If you want to be one of the first to enjoy the plush new interior, tickets are still available for Jay Rayner (Saturday 2nd September), Ronnie Scott’s All Stars (Friday 8th September) and many other September shows.

The Playhouse hosts a varied programme year-round, including comedy, drama, music and dance. To see the full show listings go to



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