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SPRING SEASON

JANUARY - JULY 2019 WWW.THEATREROYAL.ORG / 01284 769505


WELCOME TO SPRING 2019 Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds has been entertaining its guests for 200 years, let’s get excited about the next 200! Built in 1819, the same year as the birth of Queen Victoria, Theatre Royal has many interesting stories to tell. We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for its support for this anniversary. The full programme for this special year is still to be announced but it will include a feast of exciting new productions, some fabulous celebrity guests, a new exhibition space, a range of tours and talks, and creative arts projects in schools and the community to bring the theatre’s fascinating 200 year story to life. Amongst the marvellous events happening throughout the 2019 milestone is the 200 for 200 sponsored walk, where a group of heroic walkers will cover 200 miles! (Find out more on p.24) Join in if you like! 2


Our 200th Anniversary year kicks off with the premiere of a brand new play researched right here in Bury St Edmunds, The Wisdom Club by Danusia Iwaszko and directed by acclaimed theatre director Roger Haines (Calendar Girls, The Go-Between). This brilliant play deals with important issues about the changing makeup of British society and it feels right that we should look to the future as we start this important year. Also celebrating a significant birthday, we welcome comic genius Julian Clary on his 60th (shhh). We will also be welcoming fellow comedians Mark Thomas and Ardal O’Hanlon, a new stage play based on Hancock’s Half Hour, Barbara Nice and comic duo Lip Service. We have a wonderful season of drama from some of the country’s top producers. Out of Joint returns with their acclaimed production of Rita, Sue and Bob Too from London’s Royal Court, and a brilliant new stage adaptation of film classic, The Remains of the Day. More new work starring Miles Jupp, The Life I Lead, Northern Broadsides’ wonderfully theatrical Much Ado About Nothing, John Godber’s iconic Bouncers and leading international Drama school, LAMDA, returns with two productions featuring some of the country’s brightest upcoming acting talent. We pride ourselves on having a strong offering for families and this season is no exception. With an array of classic stories brought to life in beautifully crafted theatrical experiences, you can see: The Gingerbread Man, Pinocchio, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Gruffalo and Theatre Royal Young Company’s The Wind in the Willows. May I thank all those who have and who continue to support Theatre Royal to ensure it remains at the heart of cultural life in the region, I hope you enjoy the year ahead!

A MESSAGE FROM OUR SPONSOR

Gross & Co Solicitors are delighted to be sponsoring the spring season during Theatre Royal’s bicentennial year. We are a fortunate town to have been gifted two hundred years of enthralling and enchanting entertainment on our doorstep, in the form of high quality drama, music, dance and comedy. In recent years, our community has also benefitted from access to first class educational opportunities and community based projects to engage us all, from childhood to our twilight years. The 2019 spring season looks set to continue the tradition of providing magical and inspiring performances and we are proud to play a supporting role. Graeme Kirk Senior Partner gdk@gross.co.uk | 01284 763333 | www.gross.co.uk Established in Bury St Edmunds in 1848, Gross & Co. Solicitors have a reputation for providing clients with professional advice with a personal service. Our teams specialise in Wills, Trusts & Probate, Charities, Immigration, Property, Family & Divorce and Company, Commercial & Employment.

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BOOKING INF0RMATION / SEASON SAVER

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Book multiple shows and make big savings! Take advantage of the Season Saver Discount this spring to see more shows for less.

Book 4+ shows SAVE 10% Book 6+ shows SAVE 15% Book 8+ shows SAVE 25% Valid on all shows excluding Children’s Shows, Fundraising and Community Events & Pantomime. Only valid on seats in price bands A & B and cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts except the Friends Saver.

SAVE EVEN MORE WITH A THEATRE ROYAL MEMBERSHIP! Memberships starting from £47 a year save you an additional 5% off your booking. See page 35. 4

BOOKING INFORMATION TICKETS STARTING AT £10.50 Our prices are subject to change as the theatre fills, so book early to secure your favourite seats at the best possible price and don’t forget to use the Season Saver! For up to date prices visit our website or call the Box Office Team. UNDER 21? Tickets are £10.50 for all shows excluding Community Events and Pantomime. GROUPS & SCHOOLS Groups of 10+ get 5% off and groups of 25+ get 10% off bookings. Pantomime Group Saver only valid on off-peak and daytime off-peak performances. Schools’ tickets are £10.50 each with every 11th ticket free. Pantomime school tickets are £10.75 each. For more information contact the Groups & Schools Coordinator on 01284 829947 or email groupbookings@theatreroyal.org TERMS & CONDITIONS We do not charge booking or credit card fees. Exchanges or returns are available up to 7 days before a performance with a £1.75 admin charge per ticket. All discounts are subject to availability. All ticket prices are subject to change based on demand.


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JANUARY

Wed 30 Jan – Sat 9 Feb COMEDY / Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Presents

By DA N USI A IWASZKO Directed by ROGER H A INES

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THEY’RE OLD BUT THEY’RE NOT DEA D Y ET!

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ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

Box Office: www.theatreroyal.org

When Susanna tells her mother she no longer wants her to look after the children, Megan can’t help but feel out of a job. If she’s not being a mother or a grandmother, then who and what is she? If retired Brewery worker, Lenny knew his retirement was going to be so long he would have started another career. Ex hospital worker, Rani, is on a mission; these friends need to protest and step out of the shadows. This is Grey power, not girl power.

JANUARY

Theatre Royal is premiering this funny, charming and genuinely thought provoking bold new play by Danusia Iwaszko (A Labour of Love, 2015) as part of its 200th Anniversary year. Directed by the acclaimed Theatre Director Roger Haines (Calendar Girls, The Go-Between, The Full Monty) The Wisdom Club is an honest, contemporary exploration of Britain’s aging population.

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FEBRUARY

Wed 13 Feb COMMUNITY / All-Through Academy Trust Presents

Thu 14 Feb MUSIC / Simon Fielder Presents

Fri 15 – Sat 16 Feb COMEDY / The Showstoppers Presents

TRUST IN PERFORMANCE DRAMA FESTIVAL

BUDDY HOLLY & THE CRICKETERS

Spontaneous musical comedy at its absolute finest - direct from the West End!

A celebration of the theme of love! Students from across the Bury St Edmunds All-Through Academy Trust will perform short devised pieces, monologues and sketches, interspersed with songs and musical theatre. A wonderful opportunity for students to work together and showcase their talents to a ‘loving’ audience.

On 3rd February 1959, Rock ’n’ Roll - and the world - lost its brightest star. The unparalleled catalogue of music that Buddy Holly left behind has entertained, inspired and moved every subsequent generation to laughter, tears and an irrepressible desire to dance! Starring some of the finest actormusicians in the UK, this energetic tribute will leave you saying: “I can’t believe it’s not Buddy!”.

A brand new musical comedy is created from scratch at each performance of this multi-award-winning show as audience suggestions are transformed on the spot into all-singing, all-dancing productions with hilarious results. These incredible performers are guaranteed to impress as they create shows packed with drama, dazzling dance routines and catchy melodies – it’s just all made up on the spot!

“The audience were dancing in the aisles and roaring for more” The Stage

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Tue 19 Feb MUSIC / Full House Productions Presents

Wed 20 Feb COMEDY / Lakin McCarthy Presents

Imagine being born in an oven and the first person you meet wants to dunk you in his tea!

VOICE OF THE HEART

CHECK UP – OUR NHS @ 70

It has now been over 30 years since the legendary Karen Carpenter passed away. She left behind an amazing catalogue of hit songs and golden memories that are still played daily on radio stations throughout the UK. This stunning show celebrates the music of The Carpenters with ‘Yesterday Once More’, ‘Goodbye to Love’, ‘Only Yesterday’; all the hits that every Carpenters fan adores plus many more.

Mark Thomas is 54, the NHS is 70, UK national average life expectancy is 84. If Mark makes it to 84 the NHS will be 100, what will they both look like? Based on a series of interviews with leading experts in and on the NHS and residencies in hospitals and surgeries. Thomas, working with director Nicolas Kent, uses his own demise to explore the state we’re in. What’s going right, what’s going wrong and how does it get better?

With superb vocals from Carole Gordon and outstanding talent from the brilliant Blue Jeans Band & singers it will be a “sparkling” night to remember.

“Thomas is a terrific performer and raconteur….funny, raw and angry” The Guardian

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Join in his epic quest and meet the bravest biscuit of all times! Puppetry, live action, great music, humour and a stunning staging. Suitable for ages 3-10 – no scary bits – just don’t turn up hungry!

Box Office: www.theatreroyal.org

Up and down and into town our Gingerbread Man must use his wits to escape anyone who finds him tasty. Is he faster than a goose? Can he cross a river using a fox as a raft? Are gingerbread men allowed on trains?

FEBRUARY

Sun 17 Feb FAMILY / Stuff & Nonsense Theatre Company Presents

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Thu 21 Feb COMEDY / Kepow Theatre Company Presents

Fri 22 Feb MUSIC / Entertainers Show Providers Ltd Presents

Sat 23 Feb MUSIC / Amick Productions Limited Presents

SEVEN AGES

BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY

BLAKE TOUR 2019

Kevin Tomlinson and Abi Hood are back by popular demand!

Come and experience the iconic sounds of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons authentically recreated by a phenomenal cast and live band.

Brit Award-winning vocal trio Blake are taking their anniversary show on tour throughout the UK as they celebrate over 10 years together.

During the sixties and seventies, number one hits ‘Sherry’, ‘December 1963 (Oh What a Night)’ and ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ propelled the Four Seasons and Frankie Valli to stardom.

Enjoy a spectacular show with video projections, emotive lighting & the boys’ famously off-piste banter, featuring songs from their 10th anniversary album including ‘O Waly Waly’, ‘The Impossible Dream’ and ‘Hymne A L’Amour’, along with all the band’s popular anthems in powerful three-part harmony. With more than 150 TV appearances worldwide, Blake continue to thrill audiences young & old.

Having toured 14 countries on 4 continents, Seven Ages explores a variety of topics through a series of short scenes: childhood adventures, falling in love, attempting to find a rewarding purpose in life and enjoying new hobbies in retirement. Praised for its wonderful combination of comedy, drama and pathos, Seven Ages aims to explore two of the most important questions one can ever ask oneself: why am I here? and what’s important in my life? TIMES 10

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This is a tribute show and is no way affiliated with any original artists/estates/management companies or similar shows.

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Mon 25 – Wed 27 Feb DRAMA / Theatre Royal Wakefield Presents

“Bouncers is not so much a play as it is a social phenomenon” The Guardian

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The international smash hit comedy returns! Lucky Eric, Judd, Les and Ralph are back and telling the tales of a Yorkshire nightclub. Of lads and lasses, sticky floors and shots galore, and the early morning taxi home, all under the watchful eyes of the Bouncers. Written by the multi award-winning John Godber, this modern classic will see the boys catapulted into the 21st century! With contemporary music and an updated script to boot, this one’s worth getting dressed up for!

Box Office: www.theatreroyal.org

Written by John Godber, OBE

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Thu 28 Feb – Sat 2 Mar DRAMA / Apollo Theatre Company Presents

HANCOCK’S HALF HOUR From the producers of the critically acclaimed tours of Round the Horne and The Goon Show comes another radio comedy classic live on stage. In 1954, Tony Hancock burst onto the airwaves with a brand-new style of comedy; the sitcom. Now, 65 years later, join the lad himself and his cast of fellow comedy greats including Sid James, Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Williams as we transport you to 23 Railway Cuttings, East Cheam for three hilarious episodes of this timeless classic. Cast includes James Hurn (Deadringers, Hancock & Co.) as Tony Hancock and Colin Elmer (Round the Horne) as Kenneth Williams.

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“I LAUGHED SO MUCH… I WAS IN DANGER OF BEING LED OUT OF THE THEATRE” LINDA KIRKMAN - SCENE ONE


Wed 6 Mar MUSIC / Total Productions Presents

Sun 17 Mar FUNDRAISER

ARDAL O’HANLON

STREISAND

Ardal O’Hanlon, star of Death in Paradise and Father Ted (BBC), continues to tour his acclaimed stand-up shows worldwide. Because he loves it. And it’s a compulsion.

The iconic sound of a legend in music & film, is brought to life in this brand new production touring theatres acrossed the country, Streisand. Join Winter as she combines her superb pitch & quality vocals into her delivery of some of the most beautifully crafted songs ever written or performed such as Send In The Clowns’, ‘Don’t Rain on my Parade’, ‘Woman In Love’, ‘Evergreen’, ‘Tell Him’, ‘The Way We Were’ & many more.

OLD TIME MUSIC HALL FEATURING THE BERKELEY SQUARES

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Performed by a stunning live band, complete with the depth of double bass, keys & violin. A wonderful evening of music not to be missed.

Unbutton your waistcoats and loosen your corsets – the Berkeley Squares are in town, with an ever-changing cavalcade of costumes! Join us for a traditional old time music hall show featuring the Berkeley Squares together with various experienced old time performers - all dressed in colourful costume with a chairman introducing the acts. A team of singers and dancers will perform all your favourite old time songs - it’ll be ‘comedy all the way’!

Box Office: www.theatreroyal.org

In an age of raging populism, #MeToo, identity politics, the end of truth, the collapsing middle ground, peak avocado and £15 Gin and Tonics, and terrified of being on the wrong side of history, and desperate to prove that his gender, race, age and class don’t necessarily define him, Ardal is forced to saddle his high horse again and ride fearlessly into the culture wars (with a white hankie in his pocket just in case).

MARCH

Sun 3 Mar COMEDY / Mick Perrin Worldwide Presents

This is a fundraising event to support Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds (Registered Charity Number 242977)

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Thu 7 – Sat 9 Mar COMEDY / Jonathan Church Productions and Exeter Northcott Theatre Presents

Best remembered for playing Mr Banks in Disney’s classic film Mary Poppins, David Tomlinson was renowned for playing the classic English gent, forthright, proper and a loveable fool. His meeting with Walt Disney came to encapsulate his incredible life full of adventure and heartbreak. The man who portrayed one of cinema’s most famous patriarchs was defined by his relationship with his own father – a remote eccentric, who was hiding an extraordinary tragicomic secret. The Life I Lead sees Miles Jupp, one of Britain’s leading stand-up comedians and revered actors (Mock the Week, The News Quiz, Rev, The Durrells) bring David Tomlinson’s remarkable story to life. A richly comic and moving tale of fathers and sons across the generations, The Life I Lead fills in the blanks behind a very well-known face. TIMES 14

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LUNCHTIME CONCERTS Thu 7 Feb 1.10pm

THE REDUCED HISTORY OF JAZZ

Music by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. Lyrics by Tim Rice. The story of Chess is told through a brilliantly powerful score written by the men behind the music of ABBA. A romantic love triangle between two players in a World Chess Championship and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other, creating an intensely moving musical.

Jeffery Wilson (Clarinet & Saxophone) and John Human (Keyboard & Piano) take you on gentle trip through the music known as Jazz. Ports of call include Ragtime, the Blues, New Orleans, Chicago, Swing, Bebop, Cool Jazz, Bossa Nova and Fusion with anecdotes from these two well-loved jazz and classical performers. Thu 14 Mar 1.10pm

THE KINGFISHER STRING TRIO Beth Spendlove (Violin), Michael Dolan (Viola) and Christopher Slatter (Cello) perform a programme of Duos and Trios, which will include works by Schubert, Dohnanyi and Dancla. Thu 2 May 1.10pm

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Tue 12 – Sat 16 Mar MUSICAL / Irving Stage Company Presents

THE VEGA WIND TRIO Duke Dobing (Flute), Charles Hine (Clarinet) and David Miles (Bassoon) provide virtuoso variety including works by Haydn, Beethoven, Joplin and Villa Lobos.

Tickets include tea, coffee and cakes after each concert. TIMES Tue 12 – Sat 16 Sat 16 Mat

SPONSORED BY 7.30pm 2.30pm

In Association with ArtsOptions

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Tue 19 – Sat 23 Mar DRAMA / Out of Joint Presents

RITA, SUE AND BOB, TOO “HILARIOUS, ANGRY, AND BLAZING WITH HONESTY… SOMEHOW MORE CONTEMPORARY THAN MOST PLAYS WRITTEN TODAY” JOYCE MACMILLAN

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Best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids. When he takes the scenic route and offers them a taste of adult adventure, the three start a fling each of them think they can control. Told with wicked humour, startling insight and a great ear for dialogue, Andrea Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical play is a vivid portrait of girls caught between brutal childhood and an unpromising future.


MARCH

Tue 26 – Sat 30 Mar DRAMA / Out of Joint Presents

Box Office: www.theatreroyal.org

THE REMAINS OF THE DAY

20 years later, Stevens travels to find an old friend, remembering choices made and not made, journeying to one last chance at happiness.

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES Sat 30 Mar

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2017 Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day is a story for anyone who has ever been afraid to follow their heart.

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1930s England. Darlington Hall runs like clockwork under one of the last truly great butlers. Reserved and dutiful like his father before him and with the funny and forthright housekeeper Kenton by his side, Stevens faithfully serves his employer. Meanwhile, England stands on a precipice, as fascism builds and boils in Europe.

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Sun 24 Mar FUNDRAISER / Bury St Edmunds Concert Band Presents

Sun 31 Mar FUNDRAISER

Thu 4 Apr FUNDRAISER

SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES

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GOLF DAY

Bury St Edmunds Concert Band is thrilled to be returning to the theatre they call home!

Belle Voci came third in the live finals of ITV’s The Voice UK – bringing opera and classical crossover to the masses, Belle Voci wowed audiences in their blind audition - superstar singer and Oscar winning actress Jennifer Hudson handpicked the duo: “Its like perfection, they’re perfectionists, they really are at the top of their game”.

Join us for a day of golf with your friends, family, colleagues, team or club at Stowmarket Golf Club. Enjoy a coffee and bacon roll on arrival and fish and chips after your round. For teams of up to 4.

Sunday Night at the Movies is a concert that features themes from recent films such as The Greatest Showman, Beauty and the Beast and The Incredibles, to old favourites including Rocky, Disney and Star Wars. Enjoy a fun filled night of music with The Bury St Edmunds Concert Band.

This is a fundraising event to support Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds (Registered Charity Number 242977)

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Sun 24

Generous prize table and raffle.

This is a Theatre Royal Friends Committee fundraising event to support Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds (Registered Charity Number 242977).

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Using the Stableford Competition scoring system the best 3 scores from 4 are to count.

Sun 31

This is a fundraising event to support Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds (Registered Charity Number 242977)

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Tee off from 9am £125 per team


CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE

Similar to subtitles in films, the spoken words appear on screens either side of the stage at the same time as they are sung or spoken.

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE

Off Cullum Road and available 90 mins before most evening and weekend performances, the car park cost is £2 on entry. Whilst we regret this route is not suitable for customers using wheelchairs, the front entrance to Theatre Royal is wheelchair accessible. For daytime performances the nearest car park to the theatre can be found at Premier Inn.

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Touch Tours offer a guided chance to explore the set through touch and feel, sometimes with the cast present to allow costumes to be explored too. Available on request before Audio Described performances, please contact Box Office for more information.

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Suitable for those who are blind or visually impaired, audio description gives you live audio commentary on the action happening on stage through a pair of headphones.

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The Wisdom Club The Wisdom Club The Wisdom Club The Wisdom Club The Wisdom Club The Reduced History of Jazz The Wisdom Club The Wisdom Club The Wisdom Club Trust in Performance Drama Festival Buddy Holly & the Cricketers Showstopper! The Improvised Musical Showstopper! The Improvised Musical The Gingerbread Man Voice of the Heart Check Up – Our NHS @ 70 Seven Ages Big Girls Don’t Cry Blake Tour 2019 Bouncers Bouncers Bouncers Hancock’s Half Hour

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Hancock’s Half Hour Hancock’s Half Hour Ardal O’Hanlon Streisand The Life I Lead The Life I Lead The Life I Lead Chess The Musical Chess The Musical The Kingfisher String Trio Chess The Musical Chess The Musical Chess The Musical Old Time Music Hall featuring The Berkeley Squares Rita, Sue and Bob, Too Rita, Sue and Bob, Too Rita, Sue and Bob, Too Rita, Sue and Bob, Too Rita, Sue and Bob, Too Sunday at the Movies The Remains of the Day The Remains of the Day The Remains of the Day The Remains of the Day The Remains of the Day Belle Voci

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Much Ado About Nothing Much Ado About Nothing Golf Day Much Ado About Nothing Much Ado About Nothing Much Ado About Nothing The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio Jack & the Beanstalk Jack & the Beanstalk Ballet Central 2019 The Wind in the Willows The Wind in the Willows The Wind in the Willows 200 for 200 She Stoops to Conquer She Stoops to Conquer The Cherry Orchard The Cherry Orchard The Sound of Music

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The Sound of Music The Vega Wind Trio The Sound of Music The Sound of Music The Sound of Music The Sound of Music The Sound of Music The Sound of Music The Sound of Music The Sound of Music Terry Waite, CBE In Conversation with ... Manilow The Trials of Oscar Wilde

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Psychic Sally 10 Year Anniversary Tour Swan Lake Swan Lake Barbara Nice: Raffle Aliens Love Underpants Aliens Love Underpants Julian Clary Born to Mince If All the World Were Paper Strangers on a Train Set Forever in Blue Jeans

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Lee Mead The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest The Gruffalo The Gruffalo The Gruffalo Rhythm of the Dance Rock For Heroes The Very Hungry Caterpillar The Very Hungry Caterpillar Romeo & Juliet Romeo & Juliet Caberet Supper with Irving Stage Company

7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 2.30pm & 4.30pm 10.30am & 1.30pm 10.30am & 1.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4.30pm 10.30am & 1.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 6.30pm

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Tue 2 – Sat 6 Apr DRAMA /Northern Broadsides and New Vic Theatre Presents

Six years of war are finally over. Returning soldiers swap the battlefield for a landscape of love, masked balls and much-needed laughter. Two young dreamers fall head over heels, while two others resume their combative courtship. As faithful friends plot romance and a vengeful brother plans destruction, can true love conquer all, or will whispers and rumour win out? Told in true Northern Broadsides style, this production of Shakespeare’s glorious romantic comedy is sure to capture your hearts this spring! TIMES

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3pm

THE STAGE ON NORTHERN BROADSIDES’ RICHARD III, 2017


Immersion Theatre are thrilled to present a brand new, larger-than-life musical adaptation of the much loved classic, Pinocchio! Based on Carlo Collodi’s fantastical children’s book, this magical story leaps off the page and onto the stage in a vibrant retelling of Pinocchio’s extraordinary adventures. Packed with comedy, audience interaction and a completely original score guaranteed to have you singing along from start to finish. This high energy musical promises to be the perfect treat for the whole family. You’ll have a whale of a time, no strings attached! TIMES Sun 7 & Mon 8

3pm & 6.45pm

Fathers, sons, friends and heroes, we can all be brave and bold like Jack and find our own place in the world.

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THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO

MARCH Box Office: www.theatreroyal.org APRIL

Tue 9 – Wed 10 Apr FAMILY /Full House in Partnership with Luton Culture Presents

Sun 7 – Mon 8 Apr FAMILY / Immersion Theatre Presents

This hilarious new show offers an original perspective on a classic tale, with a gripping story, wonderful characters, mesmerising giant puppetry and original music for family members big and small to enjoy.

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2pm & 4pm 11am & 2pm

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APRIL

Thu 11 Apr BALLET / Central School of Ballet Presents

A rather special sponsored walk to raise money for the ‘200th Anniversary Fund’ to support our work in the community. If you want to take part or donate visit www.200for200.org

BALLET CENTRAL 2019 Ballet Central is honoured to present another excerpt of MacMillan’s works, House of Birds, based on the Grimm Brother’s macabre fairy tale, Jorinda and Joringel. Ballet Central will present: an extract of Frederick Ashton’s acclaimed Valse Nobles et Sentimenatles performed to Maurice Ravel’s suite of waltzes; a collaboration with Thiago Soares and their young dancers; and Christopher Marney, Artistic Director of Ballet Central will revive his Carousel Dances, inspired by the 1945 musical Carousel by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. TIMES 24

Thu 11

7.30pm

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We know that celebrated architect William Wilkins who built Theatre Royal in 1819, was also the proprietor of the Norwich circuit of players who, each year, would undertake a tour of six theatres in East Anglia. The 200 for 200 Sponsored Walk follows this historic route through beautiful countryside, taking place over 10 days from Sat 13 April to Easter Mon 22 April. On the final day of the walk we would like as many people as possible to take part either from Knettishall to Theatre Royal (15 miles) or from Ixworth to Theatre Royal (8 miles) which will end with a welcome party for all the walkers. To be part of this unique anniversary event and help ensure Theatre Royal continues to deliver for future generations, secure your place today. Places cost £10 and you will receive a sponsorship pack after registering.

Find out more and register online at SPONSORED BY

WWW.200FOR200.ORG Or contact Julia Read on julia@theatreroyal.org or 01284 829942


This Easter, ‘hang spring cleaning!’ and bring the whole family out to this real theatre treat. Join Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad in Alan Bennett’s delightful and witty musical adaptation of The Wind in the Willows.

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When Mole first steps out onto the riverbank, he encounters a medley of woodland creatures. After making firm friends with Ratty, Mole is introduced to the delights of boating, the terrors of the Wild Wood and the peculiarities of the Wide World beyond. When the pair meet the infamous Toad of Toad Hall with his fads and foibles, they are whisked off on a madcap adventure!

APRIL Box Office: www.theatreroyal.org

Thu 18 – Sat 20 Apr FAMILY / Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Young Company Presents

Join Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds’ talented Young Company as they bring Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s story to life. SPONSORED BY

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7pm 3pm & 7pm 10.30am & 3pm

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Thu 25 – Fri 26 Apr DRAMA / LAMDA Presents

Tue 23 – Wed 24 Apr DRAMA / LAMDA Presents

A delightful flurry of trifling confusions, misunderstandings and eavesdroppings leads to a classic comedy milestone. Kate, her stepbrother Tony and their cousin Constance all have one thing in common. Love. When Kate meets Charles she thinks she’s finally found the one. Until she learns he only likes ‘lower class women’. Tony isn’t having much luck either. With his meddling mother blackmailing Constance into marrying him, his love of a barmaid is pushed to the backburner. And how can Constance marry her love when her jewels are being kept from her? TIMES 26

Tue 23 Wed 24

7.30pm 2pm & 7.30pm

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THE CHERRY ORCHARD

A family on the edge of ruin. A country on the brink of change. Will it take a revolution to destroy their cosy world of wealth and entitlement – or will their own stupidity be enough? LAMDA returns with a brand new adaptation of The Cherry Orchard; a poignant recreation of Anton Chekov’s last and greatest play.

TIMES Thu 25 Fri 26

7.30pm 2pm & 7.30pm

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An amateur production by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe.

Swan Lake remains one of the most enduring, moving and irreplaceable classical ballets due to its fantastical plot filled with romance, sorcery, and betrayal. Join Ballet Theatre UK with their spectacular new production of this timeless classic. This immortal tale tells of a princess held captive as a swan by the spell of an evil magician, a spell that can only be broken if a prince swears true love to her.

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One of the most-loved musicals ever written (and based on a true story), The Sound of Music’s dramatic and heartwarming tale is powered onwards by a whole host of iconic songs such as ‘Edelweiss’, ‘So Long, Farewell’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’ and ‘Do-Re-Mi’, all of which have become standards known and loved worldwide.

SWAN LAKE

Box Office: www.theatreroyal.org

Maria, a postulant nun is sent from the convent to become governess to the seven children of the widowed Captain von Trapp. She soon forms a bond with the children and teaches them to sing. But with the threat of Nazi invasion, the Captain, his children and Maria have to make a daring escape from Austria.

Tue 21 – Wed 22 May BALLET / Ballet Theatre UK Presents

APRIL / MAY

Tue 30 Apr – Sat 11 May MUSICAL / Bury St Edmund Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society Presents

Featuring new choreography and over 120 new costumes and stunning sets this production promises a new look at the classic tale.

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Tue 30 Apr – Sat 11 May 7.30pm Sat Matinees 2.30pm

Tue 21 7pm Wed 22 2pm & 7pm

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Sun 12 May FUNDRAISER

Wed 15 May MUSIC / Total Productions Presents

Thu 16 May DRAMA / European Arts Company and Mappa Mundi Theatre (in association with Theatr Mwldan) Presents

TERRY WAITE, CBE IN CONVERSATION WITH MARTIN BELL, OBE

Very few performers have the effect on modern pop culture that this man has. With the largest fan base in the world, to do this man justice it has to be approached with the dignity & respect it deserves.

THE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE

Terry Waite, CBE is a British Quaker, Anglican, humanitarian and author. In the 1980s, as an envoy for the Church of England, he travelled to Lebanon to try to secure the release of four hostages including journalist John McCarthy. Terry himself was held captive for 1,763 days, almost all of which were in total solitary confinement. Martin Bell, OBE is one of British Media’s most respected war correspondents and will interview Terry on stage.

This is a genuine fan, paying homage to an incredible talent. Tonight we celebrate the legend that is Manilow, with an incredible live band & stunning backing vocalists, celebrating his timeless songs & melodies. With all of his classic hits from ‘Even Now’, ‘One Voice’, ‘Copacabana’, ‘Could It Be Magic’, ‘I Made It Through The Rain’, ‘Mandy’ & so many more.

This is a fundraising event to support Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds (Registered Charity Number 242977)

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Wed 15

7.30pm

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Thursday 14 February 1895, the triumphant opening night of The Importance of Being Earnest and the zenith of Wilde’s career. Less than 100 days later, he found himself a common prisoner sentenced to two years’ hard labour. So what happened during the trials and what did Wilde say? Was he persecuted or the author of his own downfall? Using the original words spoken in court, we can feel what it was like to be in the company of a flawed genius, as this less than ideal husband was suddenly reduced to a man of no importance.

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7.30pm

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Sat 25 May COMEDY / Mick Perrin Worldwide Limited Presents

PSYCHIC SALLY 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TOUR

BARBARA NICE: RAFFLE

In this outrageously camp new show, renowned homosexual Julian Clary will bare his soul as never before in the interests of light entertainment.

Box Office: www.theatreroyal.org

Thu 23 May COMEDY / Lakin McCarthy Entertainment Limited Presents

MAY

Mon 20 May ENTERTAINMENT / Sally Morgan Entertainment Limited Presents

With her enviable track record of garnering five star reviews and sell-out shows, Barbara will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step with this new show about chance and luck.

The show is investigational and for the purpose of entertainment. TIMES Mon 20

7.30pm

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8pm

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He’ll murder well-known songs, read you a sneak preview from his next memoir and make withering remarks about punters foolish enough to sit in the front row. You know the kind of thing. It’s the only life he knows. Don’t miss out.

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World renowned psychic, television and theatre star and the UK’s favourite award-winning medium, Sally Morgan, is back and better than ever with her phenomenal interactive 10 year anniversary show. Sally’s draw jopping show has attracted amazing reviews from theatre goers and psychic fans all over the world. The messages from beyond come thick and fast. Funny, entertaining, touching, sometimes heartbreaking and often controversial. This is a unique evening not to be missed.

Join the Edinburgh Fringe’s favourite housewife Barbara Nice for an evening of proper good fun. Entrance price includes a complimentary raffle ticket!

This might well be the final mince…

TIMES Sat 25

7.30pm

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Fri 24 – Sat 25 May FAMILY / Big Wooden Horse & Nick Brooke Limited Presents

ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS

‘To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.’

Based on the book by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort Adapted & directed by Adam Bampton-Smith Aliens love underpants, Of every shape and size But there are no underpants in space, So here’s a big surprise. This zany and hilarious tale based on the best-selling children’s book is wonderfully brought to life on stage for the very first time. With stunning effects, madcap action, original music (and lots of aliens of course!) this fantastically fresh and funny production will delight the whole family.

Wilde’s famous comedy of wit and manners is the story of a lost child and of men with fake friends they use as excuses to get out of dull engagements. Into this add two young ladies looking for love and a mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell, who wants only the best for her daughter... Throw in a governess with a secret and with Wilde’s masterly wit you have the most timeless of comedies. Oh, and there’s that handbag... Will Cecily and Gwendolen obtain the men of their dreams or will a mother, a name, or a governess’s revelations put paid to their hopes of happiness? ‘The truth is rarely pure and never simple’.

You’ll laugh your PANTS off!

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Wed 5 – Sat 8 Jun DRAMA / Bury Theatre Workshop Presents

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1.30pm & 4pm 11am & 1pm

7.30pm 2.30pm


Thu 30 May COMEDY / Lip Service Presents

Fri 31 May MUSIC / Full House Productions Presents

IF ALL THE WORLD WERE PAPER

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN SET

FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS

‘If all the world were painted blue And you were me and I were you….’

Challenging a youth to turn down his music, Irene Sparrow finds herself under suspicion of murder after the train emerges from a tunnel with the young man dead.

High energy, hit songs and hot dance, all in one great new show for 2019.

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Wed 29 May FAMILY / Big Window & AJTC Theatre in Association with Nottingham Lakesideby Arts Presents Mike Kenny

Box Office: www.theatreroyal.org

One adventure playground. One big task. One friendship. Two grandads. Two paintbrushes. Two very different ways of doing things.

But this is no ordinary train, each passenger is reading a book, each book is a portal into a parallel universe of train related crime fiction. With clever use of projection and multiple train sets, Lip Service give you a whistle-stop tour that will leave you breathless and racing for the refreshment coach.

An hilarious, poignant new play about falling out, making up and the joy of true friendship. TIMES Wed 29

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Thu 30

7.30pm

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Come to the greatest party in town as Blue Jeans celebrates 21 successful years. With superb singers, dancers and musicians playing the best in country music and Rock ‘n’ Roll! Bring the whole family and enjoy one of the liveliest and happiest shows of them all Forever in Blue Jeans where the star of the show is the show itself.

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7.30pm

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Fred and Ted are best friends. They’ve been best friends a long long time. But they don’t always see eye to eye. Fred likes things ‘just so’. Ted is more ‘that’ll do’. Today, they have a job to do … together.

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Sat 1 Jun MUSIC / Total Productions Presents

Sat 15 Jun MUSIC / Total Productions Presents

Fri 14 Jun DANCE / KCP & MRC Presents

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Selected from thousands of performers A dance and music extravaganza Immerse yourself in the incredible ROTD UK tour 2019 69x91mm.indd 1 14/06/2018 10:32:53 Lee Mead was thrust into the spotlight in containing a wealth of Irish talent, a trip new live music experience with Rock 2007 to play the iconic role of “Joseph� through hundreds of years of Irish dance For Heroes. Bringing the perfect in the West End incredible run that had and music, 22 award-winning World & combination of your favourite Rock & to be extended; to satisfy public demand Irish dance champions and 25 dazzling Pop artists across the eras. to see Lee wear the coat of many costume changes. colours! Performed by a full live rock band and Experience flailing fiddles, flutes, and superb singers with music from artists In this intimate interview, Lee will talk inspiring dances along with live vocalists, such as Dire Straits, Status Quo, Queen, about the magical moments, the highs all complimented by a top live Irish David Bowie, Bryan Adams & so many and lows, the memories and of course traditional band of multi-instrumentalist more. the songs, the songs the audience love musicians and a sensational sound and to hear; just lee and a grand piano, light show as seen on TV from China to There will be a collection for Help for showcasing the exquisite poignancy of California, from Siberia to Sydney. Heroes on the night. the man and his voice.

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Mon 17 – Tue 18 Jun FAMILY / MEI Theatrical Limited Presents

‘A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood...’ Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world! ‘An absolute delight’ The Scotsman

The critically acclaimed production features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Carle’s stories; Brown Bear Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show celebrating its 50th Birthday in 2019 The Very Hungry Caterpillar. TIMES

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle has captivated readers with its iconic colourful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world. The timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage.

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Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

JUNE Box Office: www.theatreroyal.org

Tue 11 – Thu 13 Jun FAMILY / Tall Stories Presents

2.30pm & 4.30pm 10.30am & 1.30pm

Mon 17 4.30pm Tue 18 10.30am & 1.30pm

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Fri 21 – Sat 22 Jun FAMILY / Ballet Cymru Presents

Sat 29 Jun FUNDRAISER

Sun 7 Jul DANCE / Hazelwood Dance Studios Presents

ROMEO & JULIET

CABARET SUPPER WITH IRVING STAGE COMPANY

THE HAZELWOOD SHOW 2019

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life. An extraordinary adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece Romeo and Juliet. Intense fighting, passionate duets and universal themes echo through dramatic and lyrical choreography. Exquisite costumes and extraordinary video projections create a world of danger and excitement where two young lovers are caught in an age old feud. Winner of ‘Best Large Scale Dance Production’ at the Theatre Critics of Wales Awards 2014. TIMES 34

Fri 21 & Sat 22

Irving Stage Company take you to the cabaret! With musical numbers from Cabaret, A Little Night Music, Chicago, and many more, performed on stage, this promises to be a night to remember at the theatre - supper and drinks will be served on arrival.

With a company of over 50 talented young dancers, The Hazelwood Show is guaranteed to bring a little extra sunshine to your day. A delightfully appealing line up of Ballet, Tap, Modern and Song and Dance numbers suitable for audiences of all ages. In aid of the Hazelwood Scholarship Fund.

This is a fundraising event to support Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds (Registered Charity Number 242977)

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TIMES 7.30pm

Join us for an entertaining afternoon full of colour and variety as pupils of Hazelwood Dance Studios mark the school’s 27th year with this exciting end-of-year showcase.

Sat 29

6.30pm

Sun 7

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PATRONS

FRIENDS MEMBERSHIP FOR £47 A YEAR SAVE ON TICKETS Members receive 5% off tickets

(Excludes Fundraising Events, Community Events and Pantomime)

PRIORITY BOOKING Receive the Theatre Royal programme hot off the press and access a 7 day priority any additional presale events.

Socialite and novelist Charles Condomine invites an eccentric medium and clairvoyant to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. However, the scheme backfires when, after the séance, he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira. BSEAODS last performed Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit when Theatre Royal reopened in 1964 and they will now restage this well-loved play for the theatre’s anniversary year. This amateur production of “Blithe Spirit” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.

TIMES Tue 2 – Sat 6 Sat 6 Mat

7.30pm 2.30pm

PATRONS MEMBERSHIPS FROM £250 A YEAR

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GUARANTEED RETURNS Guaranteed refunds and exchanges on tickets up until 24 hours before a performance, with no handling fees.

Box Office: www.theatreroyal.org

MEMBERSHIPS

JULY

Tue 2 – Sat 6 Jul DRAMA/ Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society Presents

In addition to the benefits above you will enjoy: · Your name on the supporters board as well as in the season brochure and Theatre Royal programmes. · Invitation to a Theatre Royal Production. · Invitation to the ultimate dress tech rehearsal for Panto · Your own personal tour upon request. (Excludes Fundraising Events, Community Events and Pantomime) For other membership options visit

WWW.THEATREROYAL.ORG/MEMBERSHIPS

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TOURS & HIRE

THEATRE ROYAL TOURS As the last surviving Regency theatre in the country and one of the most beautiful, intimate and historic theatres in the world, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds has plenty of hidden areas for you to explore! Come for a tour and discover how it has evolved over the last 200 years. Tours start at 11am on Wed, Thu and Sat and take approximately 75 mins (subject to availability).

ÂŁ7.50 per person National Trust Members FREE (Membership card required)

To book a tour visit www.theatreroyal.org/ tours or call 01284 769505. To organise a group tour contact us on events@theatreroyal.org

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HIRE THEATRE ROYAL With a spectacular auditorium, contemporary Greene Room Bar and helpful Front of House team, Theatre Royal provides a unique backdrop to any event. From conferences to weddings, our experienced team are ready and willing to work with you throughout the planning process to ensure that your time at Theatre Royal is a memorable occasion for you and your guests. To find out more about hiring Theatre Royal, contact us on events@theatreroyal.org


We are committed to delivering high quality, accessible projects for schools and education. Providing opportunities to: learn from experienced theatre practitioners, watch professional performances, meet professional actors and get on stage and perform. These projects include Once Upon A Festival which delivered over 50 performances & workshops in schools and community venues across East Anglia last year, After School Drama Clubs, The Takeover Programme, Career Insight Days, Work Experience, Young Associate Programme, Pantomime workshops, installation projects and CPD and Teacher Forum evenings each term.

Young people are the lifeblood of a great theatre. Every member of Theatre Royal Youth has the opportunity to get involved and work with experienced theatre professionals, expressing themselves in a friendly environment while developing key drama and life skills. With weekly Youth Theatre groups, holiday workshops and full-scale productions on the stage, there are many ways to get involved and become part of Theatre Royal.

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Connecting highly-skilled professional artists and the local community through creative workshops and projects designed to engage people with the arts and the theatre. The Associate Artists work with a range of people, from the homeless community and survivors of domestic abuse. The programme focuses around the development of artistic self-expression and theatre-making skills. Theatre Royal is currently working with: - Bury Drop In - Women’s Refuge, Bury St Edmunds - Act Your Age Workshops - The Befriending Group - High Point Prison SUPPORTED BY

SUPPORTED BY

and Rotary Bury St Edmunds Abbey

To find out more about these projects, visit

WWW.THEATREROYAL.ORG/EDUCATION

If you are interested in any of our projects, find out more at

WWW.THEATREROYAL.ORG/GETINVOLVED/THEATRE-ROYAL-YOUTH

For more information visit

WWW.THEATREROYAL.ORG/GET -INVOLVED/ THEATRE-ROYAL -ASSOCIATES

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TOURS & HIRE SUPPORTERS

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS We would like to offer heartfelt thanks to the following companies, individuals and charitable trusts for their support this financial year. Please support those businesses who support Theatre Royal through their sponsorship.

EDUCATION PARTNERS:

 

  

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THEATRE ROYAL PATRONS & MAJOR DONORS Suzanne and Robert Alston, Jennifer and Nicholas Antill, Alix Ashton, Christopher Biggins, David and Gillian Blackmore, Derek and Valerie Blake, Stephen and Stephanie Bourne, Gyles Brandreth, Marie Brown and in memory of Tony, William and Lynn Cardale, Fiona Carter, Sir Geoffrey and Lady Cass, Gordon Cawthorne MBE and Judith Cawthorne, Prof. Michael Chisholm, Sian Couture, The Croft Family, Rev. David Crofts, Rosie and Mike Cubbin, Yvonne Curtis, Lady Mary Damerell, Patrick and Heide Daniels, Nicki Dixon, Ian and Alison Duncan, Kerry Ellis, Vivien Gainsborough Foot, Richard and Anne Freeman, Robert Glenister, Richard and Anne Greenfield, Bryan Hamilton, Kit Hesketh Harvey, Nigel Havers, Stuart & Melanie Henderson, Ruthie Henshall, David and Gillian Hodge, John Meers and Jo Holden, Roy Hudd OBE and Debbie Hudd, Eric and Hazel Humphreys, Sir Derek Jacobi, Peter Jackson CBE and Ann Jackson, Alex Jennings, Penny Kelly, Jim and Carol Keohane, Anthony Landsberg, Barry Lingwood, Maureen Lipman CBE, Brian and Emma Littlefair, Gina Long MBE and Andrew Long, Karl and Annette Ludvigsen, Sir Ian McKellan, Peter and Julie Merrick, David & Pauline Mulley, Marguerite Nice, David Overman, Jeffrey Parker, Michael Parkinson MBE, Nicholas Pearson OBE and Fiona Pearson, Heather Phillips, Clare Presland, Libby Purves, Roger and Thelma Quince, Sue Rawlinson, Mike and Kate Redmond, John and Carol Riddick, Jo St Clair Roberts, Susan Roberts, Nick Robinson, Paul Romaine, Judith Shallow DL and Mike Shallow, Graham Showell, John Simpson CBE, Charles and Suzanne Simpson, Hugo and Rosie Smith, Prof. Richard and Dr Margaret Smith, Barry Smitherman, Julie Smitherman, Martin and Karen Soons, Simon Spence QC, The Stamper Family, Jo Stark, Sha Starr, Christian and Susan Stenderup, Steven and Kimonie Stroud, Dame Janet Suzman DBE, David Taylor, Ann Toft, Nick & Rosemary Thomson, Keith and Penny Turner, Fiona Unwin, Dame Harriet Walter, Amanda Wearing and Malcolm Leith, Sarah Wenban CBE and Peter Wenban, Timothy West CBE, George Agnew and Ady White, Deborah Williams, Theatre Royal Friends Committee.

CHARITABLE TRUSTS The Alfred Williams Charitable Trust, Lavenham Theatre Group, The St Edmunds’ Trust, St Edmundsbury Borough Council Community Chest, The Williams Charitable Trust, The West Suffolk National Trust Association, The Woodford and District NT Group, Rotary Bury St Edmunds Abbey, Suffolk Community Foundation, The Royal Theatrical Support Trust, Southend on Sea NT Group, Chelmsford NT Group.


THEATRE ROYAL JULY Box Office: YOUTH www.theatreroyal.org & ASSOCIATE ARTISTS 01284 Box Office: 769505 www.theatreroyal.org 01284 769505

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SPRING SEASON JANUARY - JULY 2019 WWW.THEATREROYAL.ORG / 01284 769505

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Spring 2019  
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