What's On?

Sun 13th April  -  From 11am 

Tickets £6.00 (£5.00 Conc) includes coffee and cake on your return         


Come and enjoy a walk around historic Norwich and hear some of Shakespeare's sonnets performed by members of the Maddermarket Theatre Company. Your walk will begin at the Maddermarket Theatre between 10.30am and 2.30pm and will last approximately 1 hour.  Walks depart every 15 minutes. Tickets need to be booked in advance and will be limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Thurs 24th April  -  Sat 3rd May  -  7.30pm (Matinee Sat 3rd May  –  2.30pm)
Seats £12.00 / £10.00 / £8.00 Student prices on application to the Box Office

HUMBLE BOY by Charlotte Jones

‘Sad, very sad; funny, very funny…this is a seriously wonderful play.’ (Sunday Times)

Blending Ayckbourn’s comedy of family relationships with Stoppard’s wit, Humble Boy rings with Shakespearean echoes.
400 years after Shakespeare gave us Hamlet, the most famous depressive in world literature, another unhappy son returns home from university for his father’s funeral to find his mother in love with a man he despises.
In a Cotswold garden, astrophysicist Felix Humble mourns the loss of his father’s beloved bees and seeks a unified theory of everything whilst avoiding the black holes of failure, love and grief.

Premiered at the Royal National Theatre, in 2002 HUMBLE BOY won both the Critics’ Circle and the People’s Choice New Play Awards.

Directed by Tony Fullwood

Sun 4th May  -  2pm  -  All Tickets £5.00


Join us for a spiffingly splendid afternoon of fun for the Maddermarket Treasure Hunt organised by our good friend Trevor Thurston.

We all meet in the theatre bar ready for a 2pm start. The Treasure Hunt is sure to tease you around Norwich, taking you to unusual places and spaces and making you hunt out treasures along the way. Enjoy passing others while they stand in the wrong place scratching their heads or maybe you will be the ones perplexed.
There’s bound to be theatre….. and we all meet back again in the bar for well-earned refreshments(included in your ticket price).

Wed 7th May to Sat 10th May -  7.30pm plus (Sat 10th May Matinee at 2.30 pm  -  All Seats £12.00
East Norfolk Operatic Society  presents



H.M.S. Pinafore is a hilarious operetta from Gilbert and Sullivan, which takes place aboard the British ship H.M.S. Pinafore where a navy captain’s daughter, Josephine, falls in love with a lower-class sailor instead of her father’s choice, the First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Joseph Porter. Act 2 includes the short comic opera ‘Trial By Jury’ concerning a "breach of promise of marriage" lawsuit in which the judge and legal system are the objects of light-hearted satire. It is a charming story, filled with memorable music and a surprise twist.

Thurs 15th May – Fri 16th May  -  LUNCHTIME at 1.10pm (Plus Friday at 7.30pm)  -  Tickets £6.00

INTERLUDE  -  ‘Love is in the Air‘

INTERLUDE return to the Maddermarket Theatre with a programme of their favourite love songs.
All the world loves a lover, and every lover has a favourite love song, be it a memory of first love, a holiday romance or lost and unrequited love.

We invite you to join us for an hour of romance and heartbreak as we present some of our favourite love songs, written by some of the world’s greatest songwriters.

Performers: Jason Lambert at the piano, with vocalists Judi Daykin, Melissa Sampson and John Hare.

Thurs 22nd May  -  Sat 31st May  -  7.30pm(Matinee Sat 31st  May  –  2.30pm)
Seats £12.00 / £10.00 / £8.00 Student Prices on application to the Box Office

THE LAST OF THE HAUSSMANS by Stephen Beresford

Dark, savage and very funny…..

Stephen Beresford’s debut play premiered at the National Theatre in 2012.  Dark, savage and very funny, this portrait of a chaotic and dysfunctional family is regarded as an examination of the ‘state of the nation’, looking at the legacy of the revolutionary generation of the 60s and the fate of its children.

Over the course of a summer, with her once grand Art Deco house on the south coast crumbling around her, ageing hippy Judy Haussman clings to an idealistic, indulgent and anarchic existence.  After a minor cancer operation, her troubled son and daughter arrive to discuss the future and vent long-held resentments and failures.  Outrageous, at times brutal and full of pathos, ‘The Last of the Haussmans’ will entertain and lift spirits high with sounds of the 60s.

Directed by Pip Sessions

Saturday 7th June 2014  • Tickets £18.50


T.Rextasy have now been performing around the world for over 20 years, a career that ironically out lives Marc’s very own T.Rex. The band is now accepted as the world’s only official live tribute band dedicated to Marc Bolan & T.Rex, and the only band endorsed and approved by Marc Bolan’s family, estate, original ex-members of T.Rex, and Bolan’s catalogue management. The band has been described by many as ‘beyond the boundaries of tribute’.

Truly a rock’n’roll concert for all ages - If you would like to know exactly what a Marc Bolan concert was like in the 1970s, this show is for you!


Toyah Willcox – Up Close and Personal

A chance to see the amazing Toyah Willcox at her very best in an acoustic show.

Fresh from her positively received diving on ITV1's Splash, household name, pop icon, TV presenter and stage and screen actress (Calamity Jane, Cabaret Peter Pan, Jubilee, Quadrophenia) Toyah comes to Maddermarket Theatre to perform her Acoustic, Up Close & Personal concert.

This is a unique chance to experience Toyah up close and personal. A lively, unplugged/storytellers style gig, it will include Toyah performing an acoustic set of her loved hit singles and classic songs, alongside recalling stories from her colourful, thirty-five year career. Toyah will be accompanied by fellow musicians Chris Wong and Colin Hinds.

WED 3RD SEPT.- 7.30pm - ALL SEATS £12.50

RAYMOND FROGGATT - “The Golden Anniversary Tour”


RAYMOND is a stalwart of the music industry, Froggie has spent 50 years treading the boards, writing and singing songs that have been covered by so many other artists.

Song writer for Sir Cliff Richard for ten years, there are not many artists that Froggie has not written for or recorded with including Sir Elton John.

His concerts are sold out across the country and abroad performing his own songs, mesmerising his audience, making them laugh with one of his many stories or cry with emotion with a song that touches the heart like no other.

Thursday 4 September 2014 Ticket Price: £17.50

Beverley Craven - Change of Heart Tour

Tickets will be on sale from midnight 13th February...

A welcome return to the Maddermarket by the fantastic Beverley Craven who last year left a packed house spellbound.
There can be fewer venues better than the Maddermarket for Beverley’s natural talent to shine at its brightest, and there can be fewer artistes more welcome to our theatre than the very lovely Beverley Craven.
Book early for this concert for it is sure to be a sell-out.


Friday 5 September 2014 • Ticket Price: £15.00 booking fee applies

Classic Clapton 2014 Tour

The World's No. 1 Eric Clapton Tribute Band makes a welcome return to The Maddermarket following last year’s sell-out show.
First formed in 1985, in Newcastle upon Tyne, the 4 piece band, featuring Mike Hall as ‘Eric’, have performed at The Royal Festival Hall and Glastonbury Festival where they were a major success. Over the years they have become something of a rock institution.
The show is a 2-hour journey through the music of Eric Clapton including all of his hits - Wonderful Tonight, I Shot The Sheriff, Lay Down Sally, Crossroads, Tears in Heaven, Layla and even an Unplugged segment.

SAT 6th SEPT. - 7.30pm - ALL SEATS £16.50


Le Theatre de Decadence is one of the Maddermarkets biggest crowd pleasers. This stylish variety show brings you some of the most well-known and talented performers from today’s burlesque and cabaret scene.

Hosted by international artist, Natalya Umanska, (finalist for Burlesque Idol 2013) and including acts from legendary performers, Vicky Butterfly and Edd Muir, this is a show not for the faint of heart!

Audience members are encouraged to dress to impress and join in with the true theatrical spirit that defines burlesque.

“The costumes were stunning.” Vintage Norwich 2013

“What an enjoyable evening.” Outline Magazine 2013


THE BORROWERS by Mary Norton, adapted by Charles Way

Following the success of their last two Christmas shows, The Snow Queen and The Railway Children, the Maddermarket wanted to build on their reputation for offering quality original entertainment for the family and THE BORROWERS, written by Mary Norton in 1952 and adapted for the stage by Charles Way, was an obvious if elusive choice.

An adventurous, heart-warming Christmas treat for children aged 6+ and their bigger 'human beans', it is a wonderful story of the "tiny" Clock family, who live beneath the floorboards of a large Victorian house and "borrow" from the big people above to survive.
The one danger that lurks above our tiny family is being seen by the "human beans", so when the boy staying in the house discovers their presence their lives change forever as they are forced to face the dangers of the giant outside world.

THE BORROWERS was a popular BBC series in the early 90’s and in 2011 a BBC Production starring Stephen Fry, Victoria Wood and Christopher Eccleston was equally successful.