Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is one of Britain's most significant theatre buildings and the last surviving Regency playhouse in the country. Built-in 1819 and restored to its Regency origins, this intimate Grade 1 listed building is the only theatre in the National Trust property portfolio.
We are very family friendly and have made considerations throughout the building towards that, accessible toilets/baby changing facilities, step free access to our dress circle (and convenient access to all other areas of the theatre) and our team of friendly helpful volunteers and administrative team.
We regularly run family shows and have a festival every year devoted to theatre especially for children – Once Upon A Festival, which in the new year will include The Gruffalo’s Child, a Ballet version of Cinderella, The Owl & The Pussycat and a full programme of events in local schools and communities.
It is great to see children enjoying a show, especially if it’s their first ever theatre experience, in our intimate auditorium as they never feel too far from the stage and that helps them to really immerse themselves in the world of whichever performance they are enjoying. For those of you with young children, we have a family toilet and booster cushions absolutely free.
We have a large range of original costume kept here in the Wardrobe department which is available for hire to theatre companies, schools, groups and individuals.
Viewing is by appointment only so please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01284 829955. Our charges are very reasonable, with group discounts available.
Be a part of it!
Your family will receive:
- A Family Club welcome pack
- Regular updates on what’s going on for families at Theatre Royal
- Exclusive ticket offers
- Special TalkBacks after performances
- Fun activities for children
- Information on upcoming performances, events and workshops suitable for all the family.
Youth Theatre and Young Associates
Are you aged between 8 and 22?
Then the Theatre Royal Youth Theatre could be for you!
The Theatre Royal’s Youth Theatre is the only group in the area to be based around a working professional theatre, which means you get to learn from practitioners with industry experience, helping you grow in confidence and become a better performer.
If you are between the ages of 8 and 22 and looking for an opportunity to develop your performance skills in a creative and professional environment, we have a variety of groups you can choose from.
No previous acting experience is necessary, just a passion and commitment to creating exciting pieces of drama!
BSL and AD performances
We offer BSL and AD performances throughout our season, listings are available on our website and at the Box Office.
- · Staff Training: yes
- · Infra- red system: we have a hearing loop available throughout the building
- · Disabled Concessions: assisting companions get a complimentary ticket.
- · Staff receive disability awareness yes
- · Documents are available in Braille no, but this is something we are looking to bring in
- · Documents are available in large print yes
Babies & toddlers
- Buggy access – yes
- Baby changing facilities yes
- Breastfeeding friendly yes
- Activities & crèche no crèche but we do have children’s activities available on request
- Toys, Boxes & crayons no
- Lockers & storage no
- Credit card facilities yes
- Debit card accepted yes
- Group rates available yes
- Membership cards yes
- Cash only no
- Cash machine on site no
Parking a car park behind the theatre available 90 minutes before evening/weekend performances.
Assistant dogs allowed, yes.
Inside we have a bar
Choosing Your Seats at the Theatre Royal
Our auditorium is almost 200 years old and has a very unique layout with a historic horse-shoe shaped Georgian auditorium. To help you understand our seating plan we’ve put together a handy guide Seating in the Theatre Royal explained, which you can use to pick the seats that are right for you. See an example of our seating plan at the bottom of this page.
If you’re still unsure call our Box Office team on 01284 76950501284 769505, or email us.
Some seats offer a restricted view for certain performances, and we try to reflect this in our pricing. The atmosphere and design of the Theatre allows a very special connection between audience and actor – you are never very far from the action.
Not sure if Aunty Pat is coming to the panto this year?
Want to book your favourite seats but still waiting for payday?
We’re always happy to make a temporary reservation for you; normally we hold tickets for up to 7 days but if you find you need a bit longer get in touch and we’ll see what we can do. All we ask is that you let us know either way at least a week before the performance.
Exchanging & Returning Tickets
We understand that sometimes life interrupts our best laid plans. If you find you’re unable to make a performance don’t worry, call our Box Office team on 01284 76950501284 769505.
- If it’s more than 7 days before the performance then we will credit your theatre account with the cost of the tickets, less a handling charge of £1.50 per ticket, to use with us in the next 2 years.
- Less than a week before the show we’ll do our best to sell your tickets for you, if we are successful we’ll credit your theatre account (for use within the next 2 years, less a handling charge of £1.50 per ticket), or we can exchange them for to another performance of the same show.
- Regular bookers might want to check out our Friends of the Theatre membership scheme, all members can get guaranteed returns on their tickets up to 24hrs before the performance.
Discounts & Concessions
Follow this link to view our concession rates, current offers and discounts on selected performances
- Bury St Edmunds is located just off the A14 east of Cambridge and west of Ipswich. From the Midlands or the East Coast, follow the A14.
- From London, take the M25 and M11/A11 then A14 heading east (sign-posted Newmarket/Ipswich/Felixstowe).
- Approaching from the west, take the third exit for Bury St Edmunds and turn right at the large roundabout towards the town centre.
- Approaching from the east, take the first exit for Bury St Edmunds and turn left at the traffic-lights towards the town centre.
- Go straight over the mini-roundabout and then right at the next roundabout into Southgate Street.
- Follow the road for 500 yards and you will join the one way system (Maynewater Lane). Go up the hill and turn to the left into Westgate Street.
- The Theatre is on your left, opposite the Greene King Brewery Museum.
We are delighted to be able to offer our customers the use of Greene King’s staff car-park for evening and all weekend performances.
Post Code: IP33 3PB
- The Greene King car-park is accessed via Cullum Road and will be signed from there. Open 60 minutes before performances are due to begin, the cost is £2, payable at the barrier on entry (advance booking is not possible).
- We have 125 spaces available which will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Theatre Royal marshals will be on hand but will not be responsible for either your vehicle or its contents whilst it is in the car-park.
- Access to the Theatre is via a well-lit path (c.200 metres) leading up to the back of the Greene Room foyer (please note there are 13 steps to ascend in order to get into the Greene Room). We regret there is no access from the car-park for customers in wheelchairs and we are unable to accommodate large coaches or buses.
- We would like to extend our thanks to Greene King for making this service possible.
- Please note the Greene King car-park is not available for weekday matinees.
- For weekday daytime performances the nearest car parks to the Theatre can be found at Ram Meadow and the Cattle Market.
Bury St Edmunds Railway Station is on Station Hill and is twenty minutes walk from the Theatre, connecting to Cambridge, Ipswich and the London-Norwich line.
Enquiries/Reservations: 08457 48495008457 484950 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk
The Bus Station is on St Andrew’s Street North, 10 minutes walk from the Theatre. In addition to local services it is serviced by National Express coach connections from all over the country.
Enquiries/Reservations: 01284 70202001284 702020
- A1 Cars: 01284 76677701284 766777
- Premier Cars: 01284 70400401284 704004
- United Cars: 01284 76228801284 762288
Feel free to discuss your access requirements with our Box Office team on 01284 76950501284 769505.
Access to the Theatre:
- There is a wheelchair adapted toilet on the ground floor.
- There are four wheelchair spaces: Dress Circle Boxes F, H, K and M.
- There is ramped access to both foyers.
- All Dress Circle boxes have level access.
- Please book early for wheelchair spaces – in the unlikely event that they are not available we will do our best to accommodate you elsewhere in the Theatre, or on an alternative date.
- On arrival, all wheelchair users are kindly requested to inform a steward, who will provide assistance to your seat.
- Please note that there is no level access to the Pit and the Upper Circle seating areas.
- An induction loop is available by switching your hearing aid to ‘T’
- Guide Dogs are admitted to Dress Circle Boxes
- National Trust & Forestry
- Hearing Loop Systems
- Wheelchair accessible performances
- Indoor Activities
- Outdoor Activities
- Special Needs
- Special Need Support
- Special needs discounts
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