Norwich Arts Centre
51 St. Benedict’s Street,
NAC OPENING HOURS
General telephone and in person sales:
Monday – Friday 1pm – 5pm
Saturdays 10am – 6pm
Sundays / Bank Holidays – Closed (unless a performance has been booked)
The venue and box office opens at 7pm for evening events.
Norwich Arts Centre is a small, independently run venue with charitable status (Charity No: 274803) situated close to the centre of Norwich. NAC is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (more information can be found here)
Stimulating audiences – nurturing creativity.
Norwich Arts Centre provides a vibrant mix of cultural experiences. We nurture creativity and emerging talent across a range of art forms. We present a stimulating, imaginative programme to a diverse audience.
Firmly established in the heart of Norwich’s cultural community, NAC plays a key role in the delivery of a programme of live music, theatre, live art, comedy and live literature twinned with a commitment to creating opportunities for the development of new talent.
The converted church (originally built in 1349) houses an auditorium able to cater for seated and standing events with many original features of St Swithin’s Church intact. This allows NAC to undertake a diverse live programme covering rock and pop, world, jazz and folk music as well as rising comedy stars, performance opportunities, children’s theatre and creative workshops.
In 2014 the venue received the prestigious NME Britain’s Best Small Venue award, having previously been shortlisted for the award in 2011, 2012, 2013. In 2014 it was also honoured with both a EDP People’s Choice Award for best small to mid-scale venue, festival or organisation and a LIVE UK Music Business Awards for Best Venue Teamwork.
Big names, small venue…
Over the years NAC has seen an amazing array of shows from performers who have subsequently gone on to achieve fame. Amongst those who have appeared are musicians such as Ed Sheeran, Nirvana, Oasis, Muse, Coldplay, Kasabian and The Manic Street Preachers as well as blues legend Dr John. Stage performers like Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams, top comedians like Dylan Moran, Jack Dee, Josie Long, David Baddiel and Rob Newman have all graced the stage over the years. Former Dr Who star Tom Baker has been spotted in the audience and Hollywood film director/writer Mike Figgis appeared as part of the People Show in the early days.
In 2014 half of performers nominated for the Mercury Music Prize had played at Norwich Arts Centre within the last 12 months.
More information about St. Swithins Church can be found at the Norwich Historic Churches Trust website.
Agents and technical staff, please refer to this document:
Venue Technical Specification
For general building operations, maintenance, health and safety enquiries please contact the Operations Manager Bradley Glasspoole
For booking enquiries please contact the Music & Comedy Programmer Ian Carrell
For booking enquiries please contact the Music Programmer Rosie Arnold
For performance art and theatre booking enquiries please contact the Director Pasco-Q Kevlin
For financial enquiries please contact the Finance Manager Jayne Steward
For Marketing enquiries please contact the Front of House and Marketing Officers Kelly Robb and Grace Jackson