Formerly a 19th Century malt house, the Norwich Playhouse has to be one of the picturesque venues in the country. This relaxed 300-seater theatre sits by the banks of the River Wensum and serves up a broad range of shows but is renowned for being one of East Anglia’s finest comedy venues. The site where the Norwich Playhouse sits has a fascinating history, having previously been used as a newspaper head office, motorcycle dealer’s warehouse and a Greek restaurant, among many other purposes! However, the Norwich Playhouse opened in 1995 and was quickly lauded as a ‘warm’ and ‘welcoming’ venue. Since 2003 the Playhouse has been under the management of the local Theatre Royal, although the two venues’ programming remains separate. In addition to its famous comedy offering, the Playhouse specializes in showcasing international musicians, high-quality drama and children’s shows. The venue also contains two art galleries and a beautiful beer garden. If you’re looking for somewhere to catch a show before sitting watching the world go by, the Norwich Playhouse may be the place for you.