Written by MiriamSpall on Friday, November 1, 2019 - 15:31

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is delighted to present details of the fabulous new spring season line-up. Plenty of great shows on offer with something to suit everyone.

The first Theatre Royal production of the year, Shirley Valentine (Fri 31 Jan – Sat 15 Feb), gets the season underway with style. Shirley is a housewife, her best friend offers her a trip to Greece for two weeks and she secretly packs her bags, heading for the sun and a new world outlook. Keddy Sutton stars in this revival of Willy Russell’s heart-warming and vibrant comedy.

Later in the season, Oliver Twist (Thu 9 – Sat 11 Apr) – a reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale featuring original songs by David Lewington (Our Day Out). This much-loved story of love, revenge and belonging will be taken to new heights by Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Young Company who have previously delighted audiences with their productions of Treasure Island and The Wind In The Willows.

There’s plenty of drama, in The Dame, Peter Duncan gives a ‘powerful and moving’ 5 star performance; Eclipse Theatre present The Gift, an outrageous play about imperialism; Dead Good is VAMOS Theatre’s brand new full-mask production; In Loyal Company is the incredible true story of a missing World War II soldier, written and performed by his great nephew; Northern Broadsides are back with Quality Street, J.M. Barrie’s delicious farce; in Harpy, National Treasure Su Pollard gives a razor-sharp bittersweet one-woman performance; Tilted Wig Productions present Lady Chatterley’s Lover, DH Lawrence’s sensual book that changed Britain; Out of Joint return with The Glee Club, the story of a musical revolution; and Oddsocks Productions present The Comedy of Errors, their chaotic production of William Shakespeare’s classic tale.

Laughter is guaranteed with all the comedy coming up, Griff Rhys Jones returns to the theatre with his brand-new stand-up show, All Over The Place; and John Shuttleworth’s Back… is giving him trouble when he returns to regale audiences with an evening of his classic songs; Mark Thomas uses his trademark style of storytelling and stand-up in 50 Things About Us; the musical maestros of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical will conjure up two new brand-new and hilarious musicals based on audience suggestions (one musical each night) and for the first time at Theatre Royal they will also present their children’s version, The Showstoppers’ Kids Show too; A joyous reimagining of classic P.G. Wodehouse characters sees three actors hurl themselves from role to role with Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense; Apollo Theatre Company present another radio classic on stage – Round The Horne; London Classic Theatre present Alan Ayckbourn’s comic masterpiece of social climbing in 1970s surburbia, Absurd Person Singular; Helen Wood’s one-woman quest to visit every property on their books The National Trust Fan Club arrives at (National Trust owned) Theatre Royal; Gavin Robertson presents a pair of shows: Bond An Unauthorised Parody explodes every cliché in the book(s) and Greg Byron Stand Up Poet who is funny, sardonic, witty, outraged or just plain silly; and New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich present a murderous musical romp with Burke & Hare.

Lovers of music have lots to look forward to with tributes to big name musicians such as Oh! What A Night (Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons); A Celebration of Barbara Streisand; Buddy Holly and the Cricketers; and An Evening Without Kate Bush. Comedy string quartet Bowjangles presents a theatrical musical journey through myths and legends in Excalibow; movie musical lovers will get their chance to join the circus with Sing-A-Long-A The Greatest Showman; and in Total Pop Party modern day pop legends are celebrated with an excellent introductory show for kids who are too young to go to the big concerts.

Once again we have plenty for dance aficionados, Ballet Theatre UK present Giselle, a haunting classic in its full glory set to the stunning music by Adolphe Adam; and Ballet Central will present their 2020 showcase, including a captivating and diverse repertoire created by internationally acclaimed choreographers.

As fundraisers for Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds (Registered Charity Number 242977), a screening of The Personal History of David Copperfield, which was partially filmed in the auditorium of the theatre in 2018; the popular Golf Day is back, pitting teams of four against each other in competition at Stowmarket Golf Club; Bury St Edmunds Concert Band are back with A Night At The West End; The Pasadena Roof Orchestra will play swing, dance and hot jazz classics at Ickworth House, and Chris Ingham Trio and Joanna Eden play The Vaults with a Jazz Dinner at the Angel Hotel.


Families are in for a treat with plenty of fun coming to the stage: Protein presents The Little Prince; Immersion Theatre return with Rapunzel; Tall Stories Theatre are back with Room on the Broom; Get Lost & Found present Roald Dahl & The Imagination Seekers; Lyngo Theatre perform Jack & The Beanstalk; Mimika Theatre present their interweaved stories Small Worlds inside a magical canvas dome; and there will be science and silliness abound in Morgan & West: Unbelievable Science.

As ever, Theatre Royal is proud to play host to local companies: Irving Stage Company present their versions of classic musical Chicago and Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Nile; BSEAODS are back with Annie; The Platinum Dance Academy present their Spring Show 2020; Finborough Prep School are staging Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr; Bury Theatre Workshop present rollicking comedy Tom Jones; and Hazelwood Dance are back with a new showcase performance.

Booking multiple shows this season with the Season Saver discount will make you big savings, the more you see, the more you save! Booking 4+ shows will save you 10%, 6+ shows 15% and 8+ shows a massive 25% off! Book early to secure your favourite seats at the best possible price.

Tickets go on general sale on Sat 26 Oct at 10am. There is a 7 day pre-sale period for Theatre Royal members starting Sat 19 Oct at 10am, Friends Memberships start at £47 per year and in addition to accessing the presale you’ll make savings on tickets. To find out more about Theatre Royal memberships visit www.theatreroyal.org/support-us 

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