Theatre Royal reveals details of its Spring season

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds has revealed details of its new Spring season today and there’s a host of shows and celebrities all set to appear.

Opening the season in January will be the premiere of The Wisdom Club, a new production by Danusia Iwaszko. The story follows the lives of three friends on their journey to step out of the shadows and takes place between January 30 and February 9.

Later in the season Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds’ Young Company will perform The Wind in the Willows, Alan Bennett’s delightful and witty adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s story from April 18 to 20.

There’s plenty of drama with Out Of Joint presenting plays from two renowned authors Andrea Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical play Rita, Sue and Bob, Too – told with wicked humour, startling insight and a great ear for dialogue and 2017 Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day – a story for anyone who has ever been afraid to follow their heart.

Northern Broadsides return with a production of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing– transposed to the second world war in true Northern Broadsides style.

There will be a production of The Trials of Oscar Wilde, using the original words spoken in court, Kevin Tomlinson and Abi Hodd of Kepow! Theatre are back with their new play about humanity Seven Ages and LAMDA will also return with a pair of new productions: She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith and The Cherry Orchard– Anton Chekov’s last and greatest play.

Laughter is guaranteed with all the comedy coming up.

Julian Clary will be featuring his latest show – Born To Mince and Ardal O’Hanlon will be riding fearlessly into the culture wars with his world-acclaimed stand-up.

Mark Thomas will examine the NHS in his funny, raw and angry style in Check Up – Our NHS @ 70 and Miles Jupp will star in The Life I Lead, a new comedy based on the life of David Tomlinson, best known for playing Mr Banks in Disney’s Mary Poppins.

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical returns, with two performances meaning two entirely different brand-new-never-before-seen shows and the riotous comedy duo LipService present a whistle-stop tour of train-related crime fiction with Strangers On A Trainset.

John Godber’s international smash hit contemporary comedy Bouncers tells the sordid and hilarious tales of a Yorkshire nightclub, Apollo Theatre Company pay tribute to another radio comedy classic on stage with Hancock’s Half Hour and the Edinburgh Fringe’s favourite housewife presents a show about chance and luck – Barbara Nice: Raffle.

Lovers of music have lots to look forward to with tributes to big name musicians like Buddy Holly & The Cricketers in a show of the same name, Karen Carpenter in Voice Of The Heart, Barbara Streisand in Streisand, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons in Big Girls Don’t Cry and Barry Manilow in Manilow. T

There will be live performances from Lee Mead– star of Joseph in the West End; Brit Award-winning vocal trio Blake; and finalists of ITV’s The Voice UK, Belle Voci. Not forgetting the fabulous themed compilation shows: Rock and Pop music in Rock For Heroes; Country and Rock ‘n’ Roll classics in Forever In Blue Jeans; themes from recent hit films in Sunday Night at the Movies performed by the Bury St Edmunds Concert Band; and songs of yesteryear with Old Time Music Hall featuring The Berkeley Squares.

Ballet Theatre UK present Swan Lake, Ballet Central will present their 2019 showcase, Ballet Cymru are back with Romeo & Juliet and following 2018’s sell-out performance at Theatre Royal, another chance to see Rhythm of the Dance – a dance and music extravaganza containing a wealth of Irish talent.

Psychic Sally returns with her 10 year anniversary tour, the popular Golf Day fundraiser is back, also as fundraisers: humanitarian and author Terry Waite, CBE will talk to one of British media’s most respected war correspondents Martin Bell, OBE; and Irving Stage Co will provide a night to remember at their Cabaret Supper.

The Theatre Royal plays host to local companies BSEAODS are back with their productions of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music and Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit; Irving Stage Company take on Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus’ brilliantly powerful Chess: The Musical; Bury Theatre Workshop present their production of The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde; Hazelwood Dance Studios mark the school’s 27thyear with The Hazelwood Show 2019; and All-Through Academy Trust will showcase their students work with Trust in Performance Drama Festival.

Families are in for a treat with plenty of fun coming to the stage. Stuff & Nonsense Theatre Company presents The Gingerbread Man, Immersion Theatre return with The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio, Full House are back with Jack and the Beanstalk, zany children’s book Aliens Love Underpants comes to the stage for the first time, Big Window & AJTC Theatre present a hilarious, poignant new play If All The World Were Paper, Tall Stories return with The Gruffalo and MEI Theatrical Ltd present The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show– four of Eric Carle’s classic books from the page to the stage.



The Wisdom Club (Wed 30 Jan – Sat 9 Feb)

Lunchtime Concert: The Reduced History of Jazz (Thu 7 Feb)

Trust in Performance Drama Festival (Wed 13 Feb)

Buddy Holly & The Cricketers (Thu 14 Feb)

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (Fri 15 – Sat 16 Feb)

The Gingerbread Man (Sun 17 Feb)

Voice of the Heart (Tue 19 Feb)

Mark Thomas, Check Up – Our NHS @ 70 (Wed 20 Feb)

Seven Ages (Thu 21 Feb)

Big Girls Don’t Cry (Fri 22 Feb)

Blake Tour 2019 (Sat 23 Feb)

Bouncers (Mon 25 – Wed 27 Feb)


Hancock’s Half Hour (Thu 28 Feb – Sat 2 Mar)Ardal O’Hanlon (Sun 3 Mar)

Streisand (Wed 6 Mar)

The Life I Lead (Thu 7 – Sat 9 Mar)

Chess: The Musical (Tue 12 – Sat 16 Mar)

Lunchtime Concert: The Kingfisher String Trio (Thu 14 Mar)

Old Time Music Hall featuring The Berkeley Squares (Sun 17 Mar)

Rita, Sue and Bob, Too (Tue 19 – Sat 23 Mar)

Sunday at the Movies (Sun 24 Mar)

The Remains of the Day (Tue 26 – Sat 30 Mar)

Belle Voci (Sun 31)


Much Ado About Nothing (Tue 2 – Sat 6)

Golf Day (Thu 4 Apr)

The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio (Sun 7 – Mon 8 Apr)

Jack & The Beanstalk (Tue 9 – Wed 10 Apr)

Ballet Central 2019 (Thu 11 Apr)

The Wind in the Willows (Thu 18 – Sat 20 Apr)

200 for 200 (Sat 13 – Mon 22 Apr)

She Stoops to Conquer (Tue 23 – Wed 24 Apr)

The Cherry Orchard (Thu 25 – Fri 26 Apr)


The Sound of Music (Tue 30 Apr – Sat 11 May)

Lunchtime Concert: The Vega Wind Trio (Thu 2 May)

Terry Waite, CBE in conversation with Martin Bell, OBE (Sun 12 May)

Manilow (Wed 15 May)

The Trials of Oscar Wilde (Thu 16 May)

Psychic Sally 10 Year Anniversary Tour (Mon 20 May)

Swan Lake (Tue 21 – Wed 22 May)

Barbara Nice: Raffle (Thu 23 May)

Aliens Love Underpants (Fri 24 – Sat 25 May)

Julian Clary Born to Mince (Sat 25 May)

If All the World Were Paper (Wed 29 May)

Strangers on a Trainset (Thu 30 May)

Forever in Blue Jeans (Fri 31 May)


Lee Mead (Sat 1 Jun)

The Importance of Being Earnest (Wed 5 – Sat 8 Jun)

The Gruffalo (Tue 11 – Thu 13 Jun)

Rhythm of the Dance (Fri 14 Jun)

Rock For Heroes (Sat 15 Jun)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show (Mon 17 – Tue 18 Jun)

Romeo & Juliet (Fri 21 – Sat 22 Jun)

Cabaret Supper with Irving Stage Company (Sat 29 Jun)


Blithe Spirit (Tue 2 – Sat 6 Jul)

Hazelwood Show 2019 (Sun 7 Jul)

Pictured above: Swan Lake which is taking place at the Theatre Royal in May.


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