Norwich Arts Centre

Norwich Arts Centre
Norwich Arts Centre
Reeves Yard, St Benedict's Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4PG
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Norwich Arts Centre, housed in the converted 14th-century church of St Swithun, has a lively programme of exhibitions and family events, but is also distinguished by a commitment to live performance, featuring touring bands and live comedy. The centre earned a small but notable place in rock history as being the venue where, in 1991, Manic Street Preacher Richey Edwards notoriously squicked out journalist Steve Lamacq by carving the words '4 REAL' into his own forearm. The centre has hosted many other bands and comedians, including Nirvana, Oasis, Coldplay, The Libertines, Mark Lamarr, Sue Perkins and Mark Thomas.

Norwich station is situated about 20 minutes away by foot, to the east of the city. Bus stops on nearby Westwick Street are served by routes 5, 28, 29, 29A, 29B and 29S.

  • Provides: Wheelchair access
  • Open since: 1977

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There are 35 events at this location

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Black Shuk

The Norwich-based four-piece indie rock outfit led by guitarist and vocalist Harry Buxton plays its original compositions.

Mon 13 Feb

£9; £7 adv / 01603 660352

The Blue Aeroplanes

Veteran idiosyncratic band from Bristol.

Fri 27 Jan

Border Control

Award-winning playwright, Michelle Sewell, presents a postmodern love story fusing multimedia and text to tackle issues of immigration and relationships in a post-brexit UK.

Wed 15 Feb

Pay what you can / 01603 660352

Broadside Ballads

Delving into the collection of Broadsides at the Bodleian Libraries and beyond, Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp and Nathaniel Mann lead a five-piece band, and bring to life Broadside Ballads for a new generation.

Mon 27 Feb

£14 (£12) / 01603 660352

C Duncan

Scottish singer-songwriter nominated for a Mercury Award.

Thu 2 Feb

£10 / 01603 660352

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Cara Dillon

Folk singer-songwriter from County Derry.

Thu 2 Mar

£18 (£16) / 01603 660352

Comedy Night With Jo Caulfield!

The comedian, who is Graham Norton's head writer and a regular guest on Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You, takes a sharp, witty and insightful look at life's potential traps, what can go wrong and how to deal with them.

Thu 16 Feb

£14 (£12) / 01603 660352

DJ Format & Abdominal

The hip hop DJ and rap star back together again.

Fri 26 May

Francois And The Atlas Mountains

The band plays idiosyncratic indie-folk with world music influences.

Fri 31 Mar

£12; £10 adv / 01603 660352

Haley Bonar

The American singer-songwriter hailing from South Dakota takes to the stage to perform her original fol and indie rock sounds in support of her latest album, Impossible Dream.

Tue 4 Apr

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 01603 660352

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The Handsome Family

Mordant wit from the Addams family of country rock. Rennie writes the lyrics about killing small mammals and husband Brett delivers them in his dry baritone.

Tue 21 Feb

£15 in advance; £17 on the door / 01603 660352

James McMurtry And Band

The Texas-based folk rock singer-songwriter performs his original material, including songs from his album Complicated Game.

Tue 7 Feb

£16; £14 adv / 01603 660352

Jarrod Dickenson

Americana, folk and roots blues singer-songwriter.

Tue 21 Mar

£11; £9 adv / 01603 660352

John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett

Droll veteran singer-songwriter and proud 'two hit wonder' teams up with his old mucker Wild Willy Barrett.

Fri 3 Feb

£15 (£12.50) / 01603 660352

Katy Baird: Workshy

The comedian brings her talents to bear on working in the frontline of the customer service industry.

Wed 1 Feb

Pay what you can / 01603 660352

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The King Blues

Politically-conscious rudeboy rocking from London influenced by street poetry and protest music.

Sat 4 Feb

£14 phone for availability / 01603 660352

Lake Combover

The outfit from Norwich plays its crunchy garage pop compositions. Support is Leaone and Violet Kicks.

Sun 12 Feb

£7; £5 adv / 01603 660352

Letters to Windsor House

  • 4 stars

Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit return with their new play on, or about, or circling, the housing crisis.

Thu 27 Apr

£3–£10 / 01603 660352

Mammal Hands

Experimental compositions from the acclaimed trio consisting of saxophonist Jordan Smart, pianist Nick Smart and drummer Jesse Barrett.

Fri 17 Mar

£14; £12 adv / 01603 660352

Mud Morganfield

The eldest son of the legendary Muddy Waters performs a selection of his original blues compositions alongside classic tracks.

Mon 20 Mar

£15 (£13) / 01603 660352

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Nathan Fake

The Norfolk-born artist plays electronic music.

Tue 7 Mar

£9; £7 adv / 01603 660352

The Nightingales

Art punk band.

Mon 20 Feb

£10; £6–£8 adv / 01603 660352


The foursome hail from Manchester and perform their rock material, led by singer-guitarist, Faith Holgate.

Thu 13 Apr

Times to be confirmed / £9 / 01603 660352

The Play About Calais

The final year Drama students and staff from UEA's School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing present a contemporary drama written by acclaimed playwright Steve Waters after a visit to the migrant camp.

Wed 8 Feb

Pay what you can / 01603 660352

Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do

  • 4 stars

Edinburgh Comedy Award winning show from the Fife-born performer. Ages 16+.

Thu 23 Feb

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Rubber Ring

Comic coming-of-age adventure story about a boy learning to love without labels. Debut play by Norfolk playwright James McDermott.

Wed 22 Feb

Pay what you can / 01603 660352

Sam Coe & The Long Shadows

The band at the forefront of the new UK Country Music revival, playing honest country songs with just a touch of pop.

Sat 4 Mar

The Sandinistas

Punk and new wave-rock'n'roll trio hailing from Wales. With support from The Mirror Trap and Sahara.

Sat 18 Feb

£8; £6 adv / 01603 660352

Shazia Mirza

Insightful social and cultural observations mixed with personal anecdotes from the award-winning Birmingham-born stand-up.

Thu 9 Feb

£13 (£10) / 01603 660352

Speakeasy Bootleg Band

Swing, jive, Harlem swing and jazz by the Liverpool-based ensemble.

Sat 18 Mar

£15; £13 adv / 01603 660352

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The established collective, who have been performing together for over 10 years, present an evening of gritty jazz and funk.

Sat 25 Feb

£10.50; £8.50 adv / 01603 660352

Stone Foundation

Northern soul band from the Midlands, rocking the old school rhythm'n'blues sound on Hammond and horns.

Sat 29 Apr

£13.50 / 01603 660352

Stone Foundation

The Midland-formed collective with a cult status perform a unique blend of jazz, blues and soul.

Sat 29 Apr

£13.50 / 01603 660352

Stone Foundation

The collective performs their rock material from their upcoming album Street Rituals.

Sat 29 Apr

£13.50 / 01603 660352

The Toll

Luke Wright's new show dealing with doubt, duty and a hundred lonely evenings spent shouting at Question Time in Brexit Britain.

Tue 24 Jan

£12 (£8) / 01603 660352

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