Norwich Theatre is among the UK’s leading performing arts organisations and the largest arts organisation in the East of England. Made up of three venues – Theatre Royal, Playhouse and Stage Two all situated in the heart of the historic city of Norwich.
With over 250 years of presenting theatre in the centre of Norwich, the Theatre Royal is the largest and most successful theatre in the east of England. Over 400,000 people attend over 400 performances each year, ranging from shows for pre-school age children to grand opera, and everything in between. We feature the best of West End shows from big musicals to great dramas, alongside dance, comedy, family shows, opera and music.
Norwich Theatre Royal is an educational charity, working with thousands of local young people each year across training courses in theatre skills; educational visits and workshops; and work with the wider community as well. Stage Two is its new education and training centre (opened 2016) which houses all this work, and the theatre’s Learning & Participation team.
The theatre has 1300 seats, spacious front of house areas with two bars, two function rooms and a café/restaurant and is fully accessible. Regular access performances are scheduled: British Sign Language Interpreted performances, Audio Described performances, Captioned performances and Relaxed performances.
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The Young Company (7-18yrs)
Norwich Theatre Young Company puts young people at the centre of the creative process. We offer training courses in modern musical theatre, acting, physical theatre, backstage and Trinity performance exams. Find out more.
The Empirical Company (16-25yrs)
The Empirical Company is for young artists who have a desire to continue developing their performance skills, theatrical vision and the courage to create vital new and exciting theatre. Our training programmes cover a wide range of approaches from acting, dance and movement to self-scripting and technical theatre. Find out more.
The People’s Company (18yrs+)
Training opportunities for adults. Whether you are new to the theatre or a professional we have something here for you. Find out more.
Work experience placements take place at the Theatre Royal or Playhouse and are mainly aimed at Year 10 students (14-15 years old), but anyone who is studying/building a career in theatre is welcome to apply.
We offer one week placements in Backstage Technical and Front of House and Hospitality during which you will spend time shadowing and assisting within your preferred department.
Please note that as part of your application you will need to provide:
- Covering Letter/Email
- Reference from someone who is not a parent or family member
You can apply for a work experience placement by completing our online application form: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TLBF6VX
Please send general work experience enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org . We will endeavour to get back to you within 72 hours.
Backstage Technical Work Experience
Norwich Theatre Royal’s Backstage Technical placement offers opportunities to observe and assist the Technical Department in presenting touring and/or in-house productions to the highest standards. Participants may be involved in aspects of direction, stage management, lighting, sound, crewing, AV, automation, wardrobe and wigs. Placements can be tailored to participants’ areas of interest.
Front of House and Box Office Work Experience
On Norwich Theatre Royal’s Front of House and Box Office Placement participants spend time assisting the Front of House and Box Office Departments to maintain a high level of customer care for our audiences. The placement offers opportunities for participants to work alongside staff in a variety of FOH and BO job roles- Box Office Assistant, Usher, Steward, Assistant Show Manager and Deputy Show Manager.
Hospitality Work Experience
Norwich Theatre Royal’s Hospitality placement provides opportunities for participants to shadow and assist in all aspects of Theatre Hospitality and customer care including catering, event management and bars. Placements can be tailored to participants’ areas of interest.