Who We Are
We are Norwich’s community theatre.
The Maddermarket Theatre Trust Ltd. is a registered charity in the UK. As a charitable arts organisation in the heart of Norwich, we exist to support community engagement through affordable performing arts, entertainment, events and education.
The Maddermarket Theatre receives no regular public funding and therefore we rely on the support of our audiences and friends, through the tickets you buy and the donations you make. Find out more about how you can support us.
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. Find out more about becoming a volunteer.
Monck founded our resident theatre company, The Norwich Players, in 1911 and they continue to welcome new members and put on regular productions today. Find out more about how you can audition.