Theatre Royal pantomime postponed to next year because of Covid-19

The Theatre Royal’s production of Cinderella has been postponed until next year and staff levels at the playhouse in Bury St Edmunds have been reduced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic

It continues to face challenges during the months ahead and CEO and artistic director Owen Calvert-Lyons said the theatre will be closed until Spring next year.

He said: “I had hoped to be welcoming you back through our doors this Autumn, but as you will have heard, we have taken the decision to postpone our much-loved pantomime to next year and remain closed until Spring 2021.

“This continues to be a challenging period for Theatre Royal; we have had to make wide-ranging savings including reducing our staff team.

“In the next two weeks we expect to hear the result of our application to the Culture Recovery Fund, which is vital to the future of the organisation.

“The rest of our staff team will return from furlough on November 2, which will help us to begin to plan for the reopening of the theatre.

“In the meantime, we will continue to create projects such as ‘Walking Stories’ and ‘At Home With…’ as well as restarting our participation groups online.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our audiences, sponsors, patrons and donors who continue to offer us their support – it is hugely appreciated.”

The theatre will be in touch via email in the next couple of weeks for those who have purchased tickets for the pantomime.

Meanwhile, “Walking Stories”, a brand new project, will be launching next week.

There are eight audio-guided walking-stories which will be available to download from the website on Tuesday, September 29, along with an illustrated map to accompany each story.

Once downloaded onto a suitable device (phone, tablet, mp3 player for example) and you can set off to Newmarket, Thurston, Hessett, Lavenham or Bury St Edmunds to enjoy your chosen story. Each one is unique in its own right – delivering either a slice of local history, a trip down memory-lane and even a fantastic journey home from school encountering giants, a Toad Prince and a scary Troll! Each one is around 10 minutes.

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