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Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Westgate Street, BURY ST EDMUNDS, Suffolk, IP33 1QR
01284 769505

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Lunchtime Concert: A Reduced History of Jazz
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Jeffery Wilson (Clarinet & Saxophone) and John Human (Keyboard & Piano) take you on an exciting trip through the music known as Jazz. Ports of call include Ragtime, the Blues, New Orleans, Chicago, Swing, Bebop, Cool Jazz, Bossa Nova and Fusion with anecdotes from these two popular and entertaining jazz and classical performers.

Ticket price includes refreshments!

Sunny Side Up!
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Sunny Side Up is the hilarious and moving account of a struggling Yorkshire coast B&B and the people who run it.

Join down to earth proprietors Barney, Cath and Tina as they share their stories of awkward clients, snooty relatives and eggs-over-easy, in this seaside feel-good rollercoaster which digs into what ‘staycations’ are all about.

If you’re thinking of holidaying at home this year why not book into the Sunny Side boarding house soon?

Written, directed and starring John Godber with Jane Thornton, from the West End hit Scary Bikers.

Sunny Side Up is Godber’s latest play, told in his signature style, which blends authenticity and pathos as he addresses the problems of levelling up, leaving home and never forgetting where you come from.

Age guidance 14+

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
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Spontaneous musical comedy at its absolute finest - direct from the West End and now heading to Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds!

With twelve years as an Edinburgh Fringe must-see phenomenon, a BBC Radio 4 series, a critically acclaimed West End run and an Olivier Award to their name, The Showstoppers have delighted audiences across the globe with their ingenious blend of comedy, musical theatre and spontaneity.

A brand new musical comedy is created from scratch at each performance of this award-winning show as audience suggestions are transformed on the spot into all-singing, all-dancing productions with hilarious results. These incredible performers are guaranteed to impress as they create shows packed with drama, dazzling dance routines and catchy melodies – it’s just all made up on the spot!

So whether you fancy Hamilton in a hospital or Sondheim in the Sahara, you suggest it and The Showstoppers will sing it!

Sweet Caroline
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Starring renowned tribute artist Gary Ryan, as seen on ‘Stars in Their Eyes’!

The show will take you for one special evening, back to where it began.  A musical journey celebrating 50 years of some of the greatest music ever written. From Brooklyn to Hollywood, Neil Diamond has left a legacy of great songs which have been covered by every great vocalist.Spannin g all genres from the Reggae of Red Red Wine, through the Country of Cracklin’ Rosie, and the Hollywood music of The Jazz Singer. From the producers of Fastlove and The Magic of Motown, celebrate the music that has endured through six generations as we bring you all things Diamond with a sensational live show. Enjoy all the hits such as, Forever In Blue Jeans, America and Love On The Rocks and of course, the unforgettable Sweet Caroline.

The good times never seems so good!

This is a tribute show and is no way affiliated with any original artists/estates/management companies or similar shows.

Promoter reserves the right to alter the programme.

Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us
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Mark uses his trademark style of storytelling, stand-up, subversion and really, really, well-researched material to try and find out how the hell we ended up in the middle of this shit show.

50 Things About Us is a show about songs, gongs, loot, tradition, wigs, nicking, statues, art and identity. A sort of funny national edition of Who Do You Think You Are?

Mark says,

“Look, I have been doing this for 34 years. I have gone from stand-up to theatre and half way back again. It’s another slightly odd show, a sort of sweary, History Channel with laughs and creative mischief. If you’ve seen my shows before, this one is going to be a show in the vein of 100 Acts of Minor Dissent.”

Age Guidance: 16+

An Evening Without Kate Bush
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Enter 'Strange Phenomena', howl with 'The Hounds Of Love' and dance on the moors with 'Wuthering Height's. Kate's not there, but you are.

From the makers of ‘Julie Madly Deeply’. But completely different.

Performer Sarah-Louise Young (Cabaret Whore, The Showstoppers, La Soiree) has teamed up with theatre-maker Russell Lucas (Warped at VAULT Festival) to explore the music and mythology of one of the most influential voices in British music.

From releasing ‘Wuthering Heights’ at the age of 19 to selling out the Hammersmith Apollo nearly forty years later, Bush has always surprised and confounded her critics.

Through it all her fans have stayed strong. Young invites you to celebrate her songs with this unique and mind-blowing show.

The National Trust Fan Club
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Join Helen Wood’s one-woman quest to visit every National Trust property and become the NT’s biggest super-fan. Don’t miss this chance to see Helen’s new show direct from its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, following hot on the heels of sell-out hit The OS Map Fan Club. Packed to the brim with Goretex, cream teas, and a loyal canine assistant (when NT rules allow).

Radio Ga Ga
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Have your finest hour, or two! As we bring you Radio GAGA.

Be part of a night like no other as we bring you the concert you’ve been dreaming of! The ultimate celebration of one the biggest bands to have ever graced the stage – Queen.

Break free with us and shake all over like a jellyfish as Radio GaGa recreates two magical hours live on stage, celebrating the magic, fun & showmanship of the bands touring days.

Playing all your favourite hits including, Don’t Stop me now, I Want to Break Free, Somebody to Love, Another one bites the Dust, We Are The Champions, We Will Rock You and of course Bohemian Rhapsody.

This is a tribute show and is no way affiliated with any original artists/estates/management companies or similar shows.

Promoter reserves the right to alter the programme.

Ed Byrne
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Join Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children.

Ed Byrne presents his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy hot on the heels of his 17/18 Touring hit, Spoiler Alert!

A TV household name, in the past year Ed has appeared on Live At The Apollo (Host, BBC), Mock The Week (BBC), The Pilgrimage (BBC), Top Gear (BBC) and QI (BBC).

Age guidance: 16+

Lunchtime Concert: The Goldcrest Trio
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Duke Dobing (flute) leads and introduces a wonderful Classical to 20th Century programme including Faure, Debussy and William Mathias.

Ticket price includes refreshments!

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Doctor Henry Jekyll is a good man. Successful within his field and respected by his peers, he’s close to a neurological discovery that will change the face of medical science forever. However, his methods are less than ethical, and when a close friend and colleague threatens to expose and destroy his work, Jekyll is forced to experiment on himself, whereupon something goes very wrong…or very right. And suddenly Jekyll has a new friend, the brutal Edward Hyde.

A thrilling adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s dark psychological fantasy, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde immerses you in the myth and mystery of 19th century London’s fog-bound streets where love, betrayal and murder lurk at every chilling twist and turn. Gripping, stylish and thought-provoking, this is unmissable theatre. Go on...treat your dark side!

The Addams Family
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BSEODS are delighted to present The Addams Family, the ultimate warm-up act to Halloween.

Meeting your in-laws is stressful. Having them meet your parents even more! But when you’re an Addams, it’s a completely different story.

Wednesday has grown up, and she’s fallen in love. And while she’s nervous about introducing her boyfriend Lucas to her parents, he’s just as nervous that his parents are going to embarrass him! Whoever said love was easy?

At the end of a very eventful evening, will Wednesday and Lucas still be together? Will Morticia ever get to visit the sewers of Paris? Will Fester ever get to meet his secret love? Is Mal really that dull? And has anyone seen Grandma?

The Addams Family are an odd bunch, but they mean well. And so do their ancestors! Even if they do sometimes use a few mild swearwords, and flashing lights.

Based on characters created by Charles Addams.

Originally produced on Broadway by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, Five Cent Productions, Stephen Schuler, Decca Theatricals, Scott M. Delman, Stuart Ditsky, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Eva Price, Jam Theatricals/Mary LuRoffe, Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman-Swinsky, Vivek Tiwary/Gary Kaplan, The Weinstein Company/Clarence, LLC, Adam Zotovich/Tribe Theatricals.4

By Special Arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical.

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Blink. Blink again. What do you see?
Day by day your world is filling up with colour, little one. Reds and blues, yellows and greens. Twinkling lights that glisten and gleam.
Your reflection is staring back at you. Mirrors, lights, colours, and sounds. The world is your Kaleidoscope.

Kaleidoscope is a brand new piece of theatre for babies aged 6 - 18 months inspired by research into how a baby's sense of sight develops and how they instinctively begin to categorise colour.

Kaleidoscope is Filskit Theatre's first piece for babies. Using our unique blend of gentle, playful performance, sound and lighting, babies and their grown ups are invited to join us as we discover the multicoloured world of Kaleidoscope.

This piece has been made in response to the latest research by the University of Sussex Baby Lab about how babies 'colour in the world', with mentoring support from renowned Director, Sarah Argent.

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Birdie’s a hoarder. The neighbours call her a harridan and a harpy, although most have never even met her. They see her hoard as a hazard for house prices. But it isn’t rubbish. It’s her life’s work and it exists because years ago something deeply cherished was stolen from her, and Birdie’s not been able to give up anything since.

She’ll do anything to get this priceless thing back. Anything at all.

National treasure Su Pollard gives a one-woman tour-de-force performance in this razor-sharp and bittersweet drama from Fringe First award-winner Philip Meeks (Kiss Me Honey, Honey!, Murder, Margaret and Me).

Rob Newman's Philosophy Show
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In this all-new show, multi-award winning stand-up comic Rob Newman weaves together Nietzsche’s sunglasses, James Bond in Toxteth, electric spiders and singing Neanderthals into a hilarious tour-de-force that offers new hopes for a changing world.

Rob Newman’s Philosophy Show coincides with the release of his BBC Radio 4 series.

Age Guidance: 14+

The Gingerbread Man
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Imagine being born in an oven and the first person you meet wants to dunk you in his tea!  

Come and see the adventure of the deliciously smelling Gingerbread Man who finds his feet fast and sets off on the journey of a lifetime!  

Up and down and into town our Gingerbread Man must use his wits to escape anyone who finds him tasty. Is he faster than a Goose?  Can he cross a river using a Fox as a raft? Are Gingerbread Men allowed on trains?  

Come and join in his epic quest and meet the bravest biscuit of all times! 

Returning after incredibly popular performances in 2018, Stuff and Nonsense apply their usual brilliance with a mix of puppetry, live-action, great music, humour and a stunning staging in this exciting and pacey retelling of this well-loved classic tale. Suitable for families of all ages, even if you are three or eighty-three! No scary bits – just don't turn up hungry! Now run, run, as fast as you can, you need to get tickets to catch this Gingerbread Man! 

Age guidance: 3 to 10 years.  No scary bits!

Tell Me On A Sunday
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Returning to the stage following her acclaimed performances in the National Theatre’s production of A Taste of Honey, Oliver!, One Man Two Governors, Annie, Abigail's Party and Calamity Jane, Jodie Prenger stars as ‘Emma’, in the 2021 UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic musical, TELL ME ON A SUNDAY reprising a role Jodie first brought to life in 2016.

TELL ME ON A SUNDAY charts the romantic misadventures of a young English girl in New York in the heady days of the 1980’s. Brimming with optimism, she seeks success and love. But as she weaves her way through the maze of the city and her own anxieties, frustrations and heartaches she begins to wonder whether she's been looking for love in all the wrong places. 

This iconic musical features Andrew Lloyd Webber’s wonderful score, accompanied live by West End musicians, including the chart-topping Take That Look Off Your Face, and title track Tell Me On A Sunday.

Age Guidance: 10+

Lunchtime Concert: The Rococo Ensemble
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The Rococos transport us back in time to the dainty and delightful music of the Baroque era.

Ticket price includes refreshments!

We Are Not Shellfish
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Leah is angry about the world; she is trying to collect all the plastic out of the ocean before it’s too late. Her father says she should spend less time worrying about ‘adult problems’ and more time trying to make friends. Then one day, Leah finds the best piece of sea treasure ever, a plastic bottle with a mysterious phone number inside. Soon she finds herself in conversation with Ahmed, a boy adrift the sea of humanity of the Calais Jungle. But when the text messages stop, Leah must summon all her courage to build a boat from salvaged plastic and embark on an epic voyage to find her friend.

We Are Not Shellfish combines Sabotage Theatre’s vibrant visual aesthetic with a provocative story of protest and rebellion. It asks what one small person can do to save the world. Adults and children alike are sure to be enchanted by this rollicking, fast-paced adventure with bite.

Gary Avis MBE in Conversation with Christine Webber
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As the leading Dance Actor of his generation and with an international career spanning four decades, join Royal Ballet Principal Character Artist and Senior Ballet Master Gary Avis MBE, in conversation with Suffolk Author and Broadcaster, Christine Webber, for an in-depth look at his spectacular career in ballet and more.

This special evening in conversation will take the audience on a journey of his life and career from the very beginning as an Ipswich boy aged 12 taking inspiration from Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire and following his unique journey to the very top of the world of ballet, two National Critics Circle Dance Awards and a very special Honour from HM Queen.

Season's Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn
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It’s a traditional family Christmas - what can possibly go wrong?

This critically-acclaimed comedy classic from one of Britain’s most popular writers invites you to the annual gathering of the dysfunctional Bunker family - join us for mayhem on a truly festive scale.

The Snow Queen
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Join Ballet Theatre UK in their beautiful re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale ballet, The Snow Queen. This spectacular production follows the story of Gerda and her quest to find her friend Kay, whom the Snow Queen has placed under an evil spell. Gerda’s fantastic adventure takes her on a journey across the frozen north where she encounters a band of gypsy’s, enchanted reindeer, and a mysterious and reclusive Lapland woman. Gerda is told by the mysterious woman to continue traveling north, where she will find Kay and the Snow Queen’s Palace of Ice. Only Gerda’s love for Kay can release him from the spell and break the Snow Queen’s curse of eternal winter. Ballet Theatre UK's renowned company of international dancers, beautiful costumes and glittering stage sets combine to create a magnificent spectacle, all set to a glorious and magical score.

The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge
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Our ever-popular annual carol concert set in the beautiful surroundings of St Mary’s Church, Honey Hill. Enjoy seasonal favourites to get you in the festive mood, sung by the euphonious voices of the choristers of the Selwyn College Chapel Choir. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Age guidance 5+

This is a fundraising event to support Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds (Registered Charity Number 242977)

Call My Festive Wine Bluff
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Join us at the Hunter Club for this wine quiz with a difference! Test your knowledge of wine against the wit and expertise of a panel of bluffers as they bluff, and double bluff, as you guess and quaff! Enjoy a riotous evening of laughs, fun and fine wine, hosted by Nethergate Wines.

Ticket price includes welcome drink, wine, patès, cheese and bread.

Age Guidance: 18+

This is a Theatre Royal Friends Committee fundraising event to support the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds (Registered Charity Number 242977)

Cinderella Pantomime 2021/22
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It’s a busy day in Bury! On Butter Market Square, Buttons the barrow boy flogs his fruit. On Hardwick Heath, Prince Charming frets over his future. And up at Sickworth House, Kylie and Miley are making Cinderella’s life a misery. Poor old Cinders! All she knows is domestic drudgery, day in, day out…but this day is different, this day is special and when this day is done, nothing will ever be the same again.

Join us for a tale laced with laughter and love; plus the ugliest sisters you’ll ever be likely to meet.

GALA PERFORMANCE - Sun 5 Dec at 1pm (activities start at 12pm)

Ticket price includes fun and fancy dress before the show, ice creams, programme, goodie bags for the children, drinks and light nibbles. Suitable for all ages!

FAMILY SAVER PERFORMANCES - Fri 26 Nov, Tue 30 Nov & Sun 9 Jan

For these performances only, Under 21 tickets are £10.50.


BSL Performance - Wed 8 Dec at 7pm

Relaxed Performance - Thu 6 Jan at 7pm & Fri 7 Jan at 10.30am

Touch Tour (10.30am), Audio Described & Captioned Performance - Sat 8 Jan at 11am


By Train

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 484950 or visit

By Bus

The Bus Station is on St Andrews 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 702020


Open 90mins before a performance Greene King’s staff Car Park is available for evening and weekend performances only. It is not available for weekday matinees. There are 125 space available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cost: £2

Payable at the barrier on entry (advance booking is not possible)

Post Code: IP33 3PB

Access to the Greene King Car Park is via Cullum Road and will be signed from there.

Access to the Theatre is via a well-lit path (c.200 metres) leading up to the back of the Greene Room foyer

There are 13 steps to ascend in order to get into the Greene Room foyer. We regret there is no access from the Car Park for customers in wheelchairs, we recommend dropping off at the front of the Theatre on Westgate Street.

Access Info

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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. The Theatre presents a vibrant, year-round programme of drama, music, dance and comedy, featuring many of this country’s leading companies and performers. It has built a reputation of producing quality dramas and productions including the ever popular annual pantomime.

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