Grapevine Magazine was invited to the launch of the spring season at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds where Artistic Director, Owen Calvert-Lyons, gave a run through of all the exciting and exceptionally varied programme of events coming to the theatre this Spring.
From comedy, music, drama, thrillers, and fundraisers you’re guaranteed to find more than one show to encourage you to get to the theatre this spring. Owen wants to bring London theatre to the region, therefore expect bigger productions and award-winning quality entertainment. Let’s have a look at the highlights:
Plays, Dramas and Theatre:
Home I’m Darling – 18 March to 2 April
This was first staged at The National Theatre in 2018, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.
Frankenstein – 1 to 5 February
Blackeyed Theatre return with a thrilling adaptation of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror masterpiece.
Dead Good – 10 February
The popular Vamos Theatre return with, a funny, poignant theatre show celebrating friendship and the importance of living every precious day to the full. This beautifully crafted production is performed entirely without words.
Same Time Next Year – 15 to 19 February
London Classic Theatre present, a bittersweet, nostalgic and very funny portrait of Doris and George who begin a romantic love affair that lasts 25 years!
When The Long Trick’s Over – 2 March
Olivier award-winning writer Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and tells the story of two sisters with a dream of swimming the channel.
The Bone Sparrow – 8 to 12 March
A co-production with York Theatre Royal, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Mercury Theatre Colchester and Derby Theatre. This powerful play follows Subhi, a refugee born in an Australian permanent detention centre. As he grows, his imagination grows with it until it is bursting at the limits of his world.
The Birds and the Bees – 3 to 7 May
Another co-production, this time between Theatre Royal, New Wolsey Theatre, Norwich Theatre Royal and John Stalker Productions. A hilarious comedy romp set on Sarah’s East Anglian farm. The honeybees, like Sarah’s love life, are dropping like flies! This play has a heart as big as the laughs it brings.
The Glee Club – rescheduled 7 to 11 June
A raucous comedy featuring live music. Five hard-working, hard-drinking miners and a church organist are rehearsing frantically for the local Gala. This is the Glee Club in the Summer of ’62. Britain and music are about to change forever – and so are the lives of these men!
Boeing Boeing from 14 to 18 June
London Classic Theatre’s second visit to the theatre is with. It’s Paris, 1962. Bernard is a successful architect with a very complicated love life. His ‘three’ fiancées are all blissfully unaware of each other in this Marc Camoletti farce which has delighted audiences for over 50 years.
For even more events, lovers of dance will enjoy A Tale of Two Cities (8-9 February) – part dance, part theatre, part fictionalised documentary, it’s a nearly unrecognisable retelling of a classic focused on the central, but underwritten character of Lucie Manette. This is no costume drama!
Community Productions are a plenty, with Irving Stage Company presenting Me & My Girl (26-30 April), Bury St Edmunds Operatic Dramatic Society presenting Wind In The Willows (10-14 May) and Bury Theatre Workshop presenting A Bunch of Amateurs (24-28 May).
Whatever your taste in music, Theatre Royal has something for you throughout the season kicking off with The Nick Ross Orchestra and the Glen miller and Rat Pack Era on Saturday 29 January.
This will be followed through the season with a huge selection of music tributes such as: Carpenters Gold (20 January), The Magic of the Beatles (26 January) Abba Reunion (27 January), Rock for Heroes (11 February), Buddy Holly & the Cricketers (24 February) Come What May featuring Strictly Come Dancing’s Robin Windsor (3 May) and plenty more.
Theatre Royal’s popular Monthly Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts sponsored by Ellisons Solicitors are back in the Spring and at just £8.50 for a 50 minute concert plus refreshments in the bar afterwards these are a great deal.
The music season is rounded off with Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra’s first visit to Theatre Royal with The Lark’s Flight Over Suffolk on Thursday 30 June. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Suffolk Philharmonic will bring the glorious ‘The Lark Ascending’, one of the UK’s best loved pieces of classical music, to the audiences of Suffolk
As well as the Theatre Royal’s very own Comedy Club returning for two nights this season it also offers a great line-up of comedians from across the UK Touring Circuit.
Big names in an intimate venue include: Jenny Éclair (21 January), Dylan Moran (6 April), Reginald D Hunter (7 April), and Patrick Kielty (15 May).
There is also improvised shows where the audience suggestions create the performance, such as Austentatious (19-21 May) – the new ‘lost’ Jane Austen Novel and Murder She Didn’t Write (25 to 26 June) – an original murder mystery play.
Round The Horne – 13 February
From the producers of the UK tours of The Goon Show and Hancock’s Half Hour comes this radio comedy classic so step back in time to the BBC’s Paris Studios and experience one of the biggest and best radio comedy shows of all time.
Theatre Royal Youth Theatre:
Theatre Royal’s enviable Education and Community Engagement projects attract a range of participants of all ages and abilities. This season, they would like to share some of the fantastic work they create throughout the year. Tiny Play, Big Ideas (5 April) if you’ve ever wondered what goes on in the imagination of a 10 year old – now is your chance to find out!
Then we have a double bubble show with Stay Brave Brian Gravy performed by the 8 to 11 year olds and Bright. Young. Things. Performed by the 12 to 16 years olds. Dates: 19, 20, 22 and 23 April.
There is a huge programme for the family and children with plenty of performances during half term and the Easter Holidays including a children’s pop concert Pop Princesses (23 January), Jack & The Beanstalk (20 to 22 February) featuring Patrick Lynch from CBeebies in this classic fairytale and Pinocchio (25 to 27 February) with hilarity, puppetry, music, fantastic staging and extraordinary physical tricks. Plus The Gruffalo (15 to 16 April) returns with songs, laughs and monstrous fun.
The programme also includes a musical family adventure and a fun introduction to politics for the children – it includes lots of laughing!
Every season Theatre Royal arranges very special events to help raise much-needed funds for the theatre and this season is no exception. These shows include a glorious evening of comedy cabaret songs An Evening with Kit & McConnell (25 January), Bury St Edmunds Concert Band (1 May) and be an evening of the best songs from the most popular West End and Broadway shows thanks to A Night Out the Musicals with Irving Stage Company (1 & 2 July).
Graeme Kirk of Ellisons Solicitors is pleased to continue their long-standing support of the Theatre Royal by sponsoring the Spring/Summer season in 2022, alongside the long-running Lunchtime Concerts held at the Theatre. He comments: “As a firm, we are committed to playing an active and supportive role in the communities within which we work. The Theatre Royal is the hub of our community here in Bury St Edmunds and the new season looks set to continue the tradition of offering magical and inspiring performances.”
All of the Spring Season is on sale now at theatreroyal.org, and to make returning to the theatre a little bit more attractive, the theatre are offering a 15% discount on tickets when 4 or more shows are booked at the same time.
This excludes Community Shows (amateur productions), Fundraising events, Children’s Shows, Pantomime, On-Demand and Workshops and is eligible on full-price tickets (excludes under 21’s) in price band A & B.
The Box Office is available to help with any queries by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and audience members with access needs or those requiring assistance please also email.