Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds - National Trust

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds - National Trust
6 Westgate street
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP33 1QR
England

Website

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/theatre-royal

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E-mail

Box Office

booking@theatreroyal.org

Creative Learning

education@theatreroyal.org

Telephone

Box Office

01284 769505

General

01284 755127

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Inside the Theatre Royal auditorium: view from the stage
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The Theatre Royal is the last working Regency playhouse in Britain. Owned by Greene King brewery, it has been in the care of the National Trust since 1975 and is run by an independent theatre company.

Our extensive programme of performances and outreach activities aspires to turn your visit into a unique and unforgettable event: watch an 18th century production, attend a lecture, a family heritage weekend, or join us on a guided tour to discover the fascinating history of this remarkable building and Georgian drama.

Now that the theatre is fully restored to its original 1819 glory, our Heritage programme will offer our visitors a unique theatrical and heritage experience. Under the banner of our Restoring the Repertoire series, we're going to be rediscovering much of the undeservedly forgotten theatrical repertoire of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

You can take a guided tour of the Theatre or take a more leisurely look during one of our regular Open Doors sessions. We plan to establish a programme of lectures and workshops, as well as a comprehensive library archive.

Venue Type:

Heritage site

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

£6 (£4 for children)
FREE for National Trust members

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Pride & Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice

  • 22 — 25 October 2014 *on now

A witty and inventive new adaptation of one of the most loved novels of all time, calling on two actors to play 21 characters and cramming 400 pages of action into just two hours.

After a hugely successful run at the Theatre Royal last Autumn, we are thrilled to welcome back Two Bit Classics on their 2014 national tour. A welcome second chance to see this highly praised show.

‘A uniquely theatrical experience... an acting tour-de-force... highly entertaining’ Oxford Times

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Admission

£8.50-£20.50

Website

http://www.theatreroyal.org/shows/pride-prejudice/

Around The World In 80 Days

Around The World In 80 Days

  • 26 October 2014

A joyfully frenetic whirlwind of a show, full of daft Victorian invention, daring deeds and downright silliness. Three actors portray a cast of thousands in this madcap adaptation of Jules Verne’s globetrotting classic, bringing to life sea storms, police chases and even elephant rides!

The spirit of theatrical imagination combines with the great age of industrial invention to produce a piece of theatre that will have you crying with laughter as you travel the world.

Age Guidance: 7+

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£8.50-£16.50

Website

http://www.theatreroyal.org/shows/around-the-world-in-80-days/

Princess & The Pea

The Princess & The Pea

  • 28 October 2014

In this new fantastical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea, Mike Kenny and the inventive tutti frutti team create a funny, original, beautiful retelling of this familiar tale.

Not for the faint hearted, fake Princesses or for those who have trouble sleeping at night!

‘A company worth watching.’ The Observer

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£8.50-£10.50

Website

http://www.theatreroyal.org/shows/the-princess-and-the-pea/

The Restoration Of Nell Gwyn

The Restoration Of Nell Gwyn

  • 31 October — 1 November 2014

Full of humour and bawdy wit, this new comedy transports us into the wanton world of the English Restoration. King Charles II lies ill, Nell Gwyn, his royal mistress, once the brightest star of the Restoration theatre, rages against her fate. What will become of her if Charles is summoned to his Maker? What perils will befall the English nation?

Mistress Gwyn and Margery, her maid, lead us a merry dance, filled with their laughter, tears and Nell’s enchanting songs of the Baroque.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£8.50-£16.50

Website

http://www.theatreroyal.org/shows/the-restoration-of-nell-gwyn/

Carmen

Carmen

  • 10 — 11 November 2014

World famous opera director Jonathan Miller teams up with MWO’s Artistic Director, Nicholas Cleobury, to create an exciting new production of the much loved favourite of the operatic repertoire.

This crowd-pleasing production with a live orchestra, features classics such as the Habanera and The Toreador Song in a new orchestration of Bizet’s legendary score by world-renowned opera and music theatre composer Stephen McNeff, commissioned especially for the Mid Wales Opera Chamber Orchestra.

‘This small whistlestop touring outfit has done it again – out-pointing its bigger brothers as decisively as it did with its terrific productions of Falstaff and The Tales of Hoffmann’ The Telegraph, Albert Herring 2013

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£8.50-£26

Website

http://www.theatreroyal.org/shows/carmen/

Seven Ages

Seven Ages

  • 12 November 2014

Magical comedy theatre, celebrating the seven stages of life!

Fresh from a sell-out world tour to 10 different countries - on 4 different continents - Seven Ages has been seen at over 400 venues across the UK and garnered 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival.

Created by and starring Kevin Tomlinson (winner of the Sunday Times Playwright Award) this wonderful show explores the seven stages of life. From infancy - through love and wisdom – to growing old disgracefully.

Enjoy the whole of life, compressed into two hilarious, heart-warming hours!

For ages 6 - 106

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£8.50-£16.50

Website

http://www.theatreroyal.org/shows/seven-ages/

Doreen Gray

The Picture Of Doreen Gray

  • 13 — 14 November 2014

We are delighted to welcome back LipService following their hugely successful productions Inspector Norse, Move Over Moriarty, Withering Looks and Desperate to be Doris. Doreen Gray has it all, a drive time radio show, a high ratings lifestyle programme, Up Sticks and Away on Even More 4, her famously youthful looks – she ranks up there in the national treasure list alongside Cliff and Lulu. But how does Doreen stay so incredibly young? When Doreen is invited to a school reunion, the headmistress dusts off Doreen’s portrait to reveal a dark and dreadful secret.

Featuring community actors as Doreen’s school mates and some random fairies.

‘It really is quite some time since one has seen a theatre audience enjoy such total participation in every aspect of a show’ Public Review on Inspector Norse

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£8.50-£16.50

Website

http://www.theatreroyal.org/shows/the-picture-of-doreen-gray/

John Shuttleworth

A Wee Ken To Remember

  • 15 November 2014

As heard recently on BBC Radio 4’s John Shuttleworth’s Lounge Music.

Versatile singer/organist, John Shuttleworth, wants to share fond memories of his favourite past weekends. However, a typo on the poster means John is obliged to spend the evening paying homage to his next door neighbour and sole agent – the diminutive Ken Worthington. He’ll probably end up doing both!

In this brand new show, Shuttleworth will perform classic tunes such as Two Margarines and I Can’t Go Back To Savoury Now as well as new ditties like Bitter Sweet Memories and Relatives In Rotherham.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£8.50-£16.50

Website

http://www.theatreroyal.org/shows/john-shuttleworth-in-a-wee-ken-to-remember/

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

  • 16 November 2014

A unique one man adaptation of Dickens’ classic novel adapted and devised by Clive Francis, music and sound by Phillip Sheppard.

Clive Francis reprises his acclaimed RSC performance as the misanthropic Ebenezer Scrooge, inspired by Dickens’ first reading and performance of A Christmas Carol on 27 December 1853 at the Birmingham Town Hall.

Bringing to life a whole host of Dickensian characters, from the spectral Jacob Marley to the warm and loving Bob Cratchit and his son Tiny Tim, not forgetting of course the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

www.clivefrancisachristmascarol.com

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

£8.50-£20.50

Website

http://www.theatreroyal.org/shows/a-christmas-carol/

Cinderella

Cinderella

  • 28 November 2014 — 11 January 2015

A Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Production
Sponsored by Media partners
Cinderella
A Traditional Family Pantomime
by Peter Duncan
directed by Karen Simpson
designed by Rebecca Lee

Cinderella and her father live in the dilapidated Hardup Hall helped by the ever-reliable Buttons, and watched over by a Fairy Godmother. Then one day, two greedy stepsisters charge into their world and make things rather unpleasant! But with a glamorous ball on the horizon, and a chance meeting with a handsome stranger in the forest, are Cinderella’s fortunes about to change? And can she get home before midnight…?

Known for its traditional, fun-filled, family pantos the Theatre Royal will once again serve up a sparkling festive treat filled with catchy songs, silly jokes, and a sprinkling of magic. Packed with dastardly villains, miraculous mice, swirling dresses and some stupendous slapstick, you’re sure to have a ball!

‘Family entertainment comes in bucket fulls’ East Anglian Daily Times, Aladdin 2013

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • Any age

Admission

£8.50-£26

Website

http://www.theatreroyal.org/shows/cinderella/

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