Autumn Season at the Theatre Royal is announced!

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is delighted to announce the lineup for the autumn 2018 season. 

With an array of productions from fantastic companies there is something for everyone!

Opening the season in August is a Theatre Royal Bury St EdmundsTheatre Royal Bury St EdmundsTheatre Royal Bury St Edmunds of Goodnight Mr Tom, starring Roy Hudd as the lovable Mister Tom in this hauntingly beautiful adaptation. A tale of heart-breaking loss and remarkable friendship forged in a world at war. When retired and reclusive Tom Oakley reluctantly takes under his wing an abused eight year old evacuee William, an unspoken and unbreakable bond is formed. Will the unlikely friendship between them survive through distance, war and fear? (Fri 24th August – Saturday 8th September).

The season will end with another Theatre Royal production, the return of the magical family Pantomime which this year will be Sleeping Beauty (Friday 30th November 2018 – Sunday 13th January 2019).

There will be plenty of drama this autumn, including a powerful production of Shakespeare’s Henry V - emerging from his wild youth with a sense of purpose and adventure, Henry V wages war on France with devastating efficiency, but at what cost? (Tuesday 30th October – Saturday 3rd November) and Blackeyed Theatre’s return to the stage with Sherlock Holmes - The Sign of Four, featuring original live music, stylish theatricality and magical storytelling (Thursday 4th – Saturday 6th October). 

London Classic Theatre also return with My Mother Said I Never Should; a poignant, bittersweet story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom (Monday 17th – Thursday 20th September).

Fans of comedy are sure to be pleased, Dylan Moran will be taking to the stage with his new tour Dr Cosmos - his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life (Saturday 17th November), Dr Phil Hammond will celebrate the NHS’ 70th birthday, exploring a decade of austerity with an offer to laugh all your worries away (Tuesday 13th November) and Steve Parrish will give audiences a colourful, humorous and at times daring portrayal of his career (Sunday 21st October). 

Classic comedy will also feature thanks to a pair of tribute shows, The Goon Show will celebrate Spike Milligan’s centenary year with the first major theatrical production of the show in its illustrious history (Thursday 18th – Saturday 20th October) and Dad’s Army - Radio Hour will feature two actors on stage playing 25 different characters in a brilliant staging of classic radio scripts based on favourite episodes from the original TV series (Wednesday 14th – Thursday 15th November).

Lovers of musicals will be in for a treat with Carmen - The Gypsy, a brave new musical retelling of the classic. In the midst of a scuffle at an illegal Gypsy cage fighting event, Carmen is arrested by undercover police officer, Don Jose whose obsessive behaviour soon becomes too much (Thursday 13th – Saturday 15th September), Lucy Parham will take to the piano as Alex Jennings narrates Rêverie, evoking Claude Debussy’s complex emotional life through a personal and revealing journal and a sequence of his most famous solo piano works (Sunday 28th October) and MJ HIStory captures the sound, movement and aesthetic of the icon Michael Jackson, from the Jackson 5 to the King of Pop, his greatest hits will be performed live (Sunday 11th November).

Ballet Theatre UK will return to the stage with one of the most enchanting love stories of all time, Beauty & the Beast – set to a stunning classical score with new choreography by Artistic Director Christopher Moore (Monday 19th – Wednesday 21th November), Vamos Theatre present a new production of Finding Joy, approaching the subject of dementia with humour, humanity and of course their trademark full-mask style (Monday 22nd October) and newcomers all the way from Sweden, Charlie Caper & Malin Nilsson present Minor Miracles, a unique combination of magic, comedy and surrealism (Thursday 25th October).

Theatre Royal is delighted to be welcoming local companies to the stage as well this autumn. BSEAODS present their production of High Society, featuring hit songs including ‘True Love’, ‘You’re Sensational’ and ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ (Tuesday 9th – Saturday 13th October) and Irving Stage Company present their take on ‘Allo ‘Allo the uproarious comedy based on the hugely successful British television series (Tuesday 6th – Saturday 10th November).

For families, the ever-popular Scamp Theatre will be bringing two productions to the stage, Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful - a moving experience that tells of a young soldier’s final day in World War One (Tuesday 25th – Saturday 29th September) and Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man – packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves (Sunday 30th September – Tuesday 2nd October). There will also be another children’s classic tale Tabby McTat coming to life, interwoven with original songs suitable for the whole family (Friday 26th – Saturday 27th October).

And of course as previously mentioned how better to round off the autumn season than with Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds’ traditional family pantomime. Head to the medieval kingdom of Burytonia for magic, mayhem and more. You’ll meet jousting knights, mythical beasts and take a journey beneath the Earth. Most importantly, you’ll discover if love really can conquer all (Fri 30th November 2018 – Sunday 13th January 2019).

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 prices. 

Tickets will go on general sale on Saturday 28th April at 10am. There is a 7 day pre-sale period for Theatre Royal members starting Saturday 21st April at 10am. Friends Memberships start at £47 per year and offer great benefits. To find out more about Theatre Royal memberships visit

In addition to these shows there is still plenty more to see this season. Booking is simple, just visit and log in to book online, call the Box Office on 01284 769505, or stop by and say hello in person. 

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