COVID-19 —  view latest information

Interlude Tent Exterior Day Credit Max Hilton 2


Norwich BID sponsor innovative summer theatre programme.

Following the closure of the local theatres and art venues earlier this year, Interlude was created by Norwich Theatre and Lost in Translation Circus to bring live entertainment back to the city. Supported by Norwich BID and Norwich City Council, Interlude brings the very best of theatre outdoors and under cover. Under one big top tent, this is a cultural collaboration between key arts organisations from across the city, including Norwich Puppet Theatre, The Garage, Norwich Arts Centre and Norfolk & Norwich Festival, and represents a vital step towards the future.

Norwich BID is delighted to play a part in bringing arts, culture, and live performance back to Norwich. Theatre is a crucial component of the City of Stories, not only in terms of cultural capital and the local economy, but in terms of wellbeing, atmosphere and the community here, too.

Interlude takes place in Chapelfield Gardens, across six weeks this summer, with a mix of comedy, music, cabaret, magic and family shows. Featuring big name comedians like Jimmy Carr, Seann Walsh and Russell Kane, as well as Playhouse regulars Suzi Ruffell, Karl Minns, and Mark Watson, Interlude brings audiences back into the city. Internationally renowned Lost in Translation Circus present a range of performances showcasing their acrobatic skills, from family performances to evening cabaret.

The arts sector has been impacted hugely by Covid-19, with auditoriums closed and performances cancelled for over five months. Interlude offers a sign of hope for the industry, and a way for our local organisations to begin to plan for the future. Based in a circus tent in Chapelfield Gardens, with outdoor seating and a bar, Interlude returns buzz and vitality to Norwich, following a period of necessary closure.

Safety and security is a first priority. Extra measures have been put in place including the capacity reduced from 750 to 240, socially distanced seating, and increased cleaning. Support for track and trace is in operation, and staff have received extra training.

Stefan Gurney, Executive Director of Norwich Business Improvement District, said: “We all know and love Norwich for its outstanding arts and cultural offer, and – over the last four months – the city has really missed its theatre, music and performance venues. Norwich BID is proud to sponsor this extraordinary project, and to be working in partnership with so many of Norwich’s much-loved cultural organisations. Interlude represents a new chapter for Norwich, but more than that, it is a testimony to the power of collaboration. I hope that this project will be a sign of hope for the arts sector, not just here but across the UK. We can’t wait to safely welcome audiences back to our city.”

View the entire Interlude programme on the Norwich Theatre website.