Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds recently invited us along for a preview of what’s on offer in the forthcoming Autumn Season. We were treated to a special preview night of what is coming up and it looks fantastic.
Being a charitable organisation Theatre Royal depends on ticket sales, grants and sponsorships to keep going, which is why they are thankful to all of their corporate sponsors, this season is sponsored by Churchgates.
There is a hugely exciting and versatile line-up of shows and there really is something for everyone, so let’s take a look.
Theatre Royal’s community production is The Secret Garden – an in-house show where professional actors work alongside local young people to hone their acting and performing skills. This is a clever adaptation by neurodivergent playwright Nicola Werenowska of the popular and much loved book by Francis Hodgson Burnett. The story is bought up to date and is relatable to many.
These Hills Are Ours – a true story with songs about escaping it all, a celebration of wild places and our freedom to roam. Based on a real-life journey taken by the writers who also the actors. Plus an additional bonus awaits those who want to run.
The Last Motel – a psychological thriller where nothing is what it seems and includes a vicar, a hostage and a motel… which is not a motel. I can give no more away.
Time and Tide – a joint production between Relish Theatre and Norwich Theatre which means this small company get to tour the region with this LGBT comic drama about a Norfolk community struggling with change.
I, AmDram – we learn of one woman’s view of the life of armature dramatics in this piece of storytelling performance. This had its debut at the Edinburgh Festival and has travelled the world and for one night only it is in Bury St Edmunds.
Shakers – the story of the cool bar in town which everyone wants to hang out in now we are all going out. However with women’s lives front and centre of the play and we see it from a different view.
Romeo and Juliet Retold – this solo storytelling is a remarkable reworking and will immerse you in both Shakespeare’s incomparable verse and will help you see this famous tragedy anew.
ShowStopper! The Improvised Musical – yes, how this works is anyone’s guess…literally! The audience shout out suggestions and the performers make a musical out of it. This model brings hilarious results with this all-singing and all-dancing glittery show.
The Canterville Ghost – a comedian, a magician, a psychic and their compere gives a fast paced spine-chilling ghost story for your delight and delectation. Full of music and magic, this will be full of treats.
The Noise Next Door: Home Town Heroes – quick witted and side-splitting comedy which requires audience participation to help craft the scenes.
Mark Thomas: Black and White – Mark picks through the myths, facts and figures of our national identities to ask who do we think we are?
Mark Watson: This Can’t Be It – Mark has been on numerous TV shows such as ‘Mock The Week’, ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ and ‘Have I Got News For You’ and you need to take the opportunity to catch him while he is in Bury.
Theatre Royal Comedy Club is also back for two nights. Each night has 4 comedians for maximum laughter.
- Family Fun
Total Pop Party – full of fun, colour, music and dance routines.
Marty and The Party – this is the best party going and everyone has their dance moves.
Rise and Fall – This is a poetic and intriguing performance for young audiences about holding on and letting go, with the help of balloons.
Dreams of Fleetwood Mac / Radio GaGa – two different tribute acts but what we have seen of the trailer they are very impressive and if you want a night of fantastic music from either of these acts, you’d better get your tickets.
Oh What A Night – the songs of Frankie Valli is always going to be entertaining.
- Youth & Local Amateur
The Lightning Thief – The Percy Jackson musical, a half-blood son of a Greek god has newly discovered powers he can’t control.
Crazy For You – a romantic musical comedy that brings new life to some of the greatest hits from the Gershwin songbook.
Hello, Dolly – the irrepressible matchmaker Dolly meddles he way through 1890s New York, mixing couples and finding her own match. The popular Broadway musical.
Special events include ‘The Greatest Magician – an Evening of Wonders’, Opera with Belle Voci, and two ballet shows: Dream and Beauty and the Beast. As well as the lunchtime concerts, The Last Night of The Proms returns with the Bury St Edmunds Convert Band.
And finally and not forgetting this year’s panto which is The Legend of Robin Hood – with a few of the stars from the last pantomime performance, you know it will be full of energy and full of laughter. We can’t wait.
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Book quickly as some show as only on for one night only.