norwich theatre royal


There’s been a theatre on the site of Norwich Theatre Royal since 1758, but in the early 1930s the existing building burned down and a new home was needed.

Short of time and money, the theatre’s builders reached for an Odeon cinema auditorium template to provide its 1,300 seats. It’s a world away from the gilded cherubs, multiple pillars and florid proscenium arch you’d expect.

The result is one of the best large-capacity theatres in Britain, with a good view from every seat. This well-used theatre bucks the trend for regional theatres; it’s often almost at capacity, with its year-round range of touring productions and locally produced shows.

To find out what’s on at the Theatre Royal, click here.

Making a day of it? Explore Norwich here.

Photo: Norwich Theatre Royal
multi-story orchestra


A classical music concert in a carpark!

For one day in June 2015, as part of the Aldeburgh Festival, Multi-Story Orchestra took over the Endeavour House car park in Ipswich. Multi-Story is an innovative British orchestra determined to take concerts out of traditional venues and give people a first chance to experience the power of live orchestral music.

The 45-minute concert featured a programme centred around Copland’s Appalachian Spring and involved a choir of local children.

Explore the Aldeburgh Festival.

Interested in visiting Aldeburgh for the festival? Plan your trip at The Suffolk Coast.

Photo: Ambra Vernuccio
francis matthew schutz


What an unflattering idea – to paint someone vomiting into a chamber pot! Francis Matthew Schutz, in this engraving by William Hogarth which hangs in Norwich Castle Museum’s permanent collection, is not ill but drunk. Susan Schutz, his wife, asked Hogarth to portray her wayward, fun loving husband in bed. It was part of her campaign to persuade him to stop misbehaving. In the nineteenth century, shocked Schutz descendants had the vomit and chamber pot overpainted to disguise this embarrassing truth.

To inspect Schutz’s shame in fine detail, it’s worth exploring Norwich Castle Museum.

Find out more to do in Norwich here.

Photo: Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
the goob


Guy Myhill’s feature debut, The Goob, premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festival and since then has won a slew of awards and gone on general release. Featuring the flat landscape and big skies of the Norfolk Fens, The Goob is a gritty coming-of-age drama made special by the physicality and self possession of its locally-casted lead, Liam Walpole, and Simon Tindall’s atmospheric cinematography.

You can find out more about the film here.

And if you’re entranced by The Fens, plan a visit here.

james turrell


Seldom Seen, part of James Turrell’s Skyspace collection at Houghton Hall, near King’s Lynn, Norfolk was installed in 2000 amongst the trees on the west side of the house.

For four months in 2015, Houghton Hall was home to LightSpace, an expanded collection of Turrell’s work, including a 45 minute lightshow created specifically for this exhibition, projected onto the west facade of the house.

If you want to visit Houghton Hall, plan your trip at Visit North Norfolk.

Photo: Sarah Cocke,