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the people’s theatre
BBC Radio Norfolk


Since 1921 we have been a ‘home from home’ for anyone wanting to get creative, make friends and experience quality entertainment. Located in the heart of historic Norwich in a listed building brimming with character, we’ve been described as ‘the people’s theatre’ (BBC Radio Norfolk).

Founded by an Edwardian maverick, Nugent Monck, whose artistic vision was supported by meals donated by local hoteliers, we’ve always been a theatre at the heart of the community. We have remained open for over 100 years thanks to the commitment of local volunteers. Since reopening in August 2021, after the pandemic closure, the theatre has been supported by a very small but dedicated team of staff. More than ever, we are reliant on a large number of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. Whether onstage or off, at the bar or behind the box office, our volunteers are the Maddermarket. Some join us to build careers, others to improve health and well-being. Many come for the sheer pleasure of being creative, the rewards of helping out and the opportunity to meet new people. 

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