Norwich Puppet Theatre was founded in 1979 by Ray and Joan DaSilva as a permanent base for their touring company.
The theatre first opened to the public on 1st December 1980, following the conversion of the medieval church of St. James in the heart of Norwich.
Norwich Puppet Theatre has a 185 capacity main auditorium and a smaller 50 seat Octagon Studio. The venue also houses workshops to make puppets and sets in-house, an exhibition gallery, a front-of-house shop and a licensed bar. It is the only theatre in the Eastern region with a year-round programme of family-centred entertainment.
In 2010 Norwich Puppet Theatre celebrated its 30th Birthday and welcomed Ray and Joan Da Silva back to the main stage along with a host of other performers from the puppet theatre's history.