Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds launches new online events

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is to launch a brand-new online series “At Home With …” with the first event taking place on Thursday, August 20.

The initiative is in partnership with and sponsored by Theatre Royal Autumn season sponsor, Churchgates. The event, hosted on Zoom, will see celebrity pairings in conversation with each other from their own homes.

The opening event will feature “Downton Abbey’s” Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley) and her real-life pal Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley) as they chat about careers, life and whatever else takes their fancy.

The conversation will be hosted by Theatre Royal’s artistic cirector, Owen Calvert-Lyons, and ticket-holders will have the chance to submit questions to the pair in advance.

As a traditional producing and presenting theatre, this series is a first for Theatre Royal and signals the start of a move towards welcoming audiences back, albeit virtually in this instance.

“This is a really unique opportunity to spend an evening with some of Britain’s best-loved actors, writers and journalists in the comfort of their own home,” said Owen

“The ‘At Home With …’ series is part of Theatre Royal’s response to the pandemic. After the awful few months our country has been through, hopefully this will offer a little bit of sunshine that you can enjoy from your own home.”

Laura is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Lady Edith Crawley in “Downton Abbey”.

This is the first in what Theatre Royal hopes to be a series of celebrity duos, three more of which are already in the diary and will be announced shortly.

Tickets have been priced at £5 with the option to add a donation to theatre when booking. Any donations will be added to their “The Show Will Go On!” reopening appeal.

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