Theatre Royal's New Online Events

Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley) and her real-life pal Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley) will chat about careers, life and more in a new online series At Home With ...

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is excited to launch a brand-new online series, At Home With… in partnership with Theatre Tokens 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 first event on Thursday 20th August 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 Director, 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 positive 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.” Says 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.”

The event is in partnership with and booked through

Nathan Naylor, Head of Theatre Tokens comments “Since our inception in 1984, Theatre Tokens has helped deliver new audiences to theatres across the UK. We are thrilled to be working with Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds to launch this exciting new project. With tickets available for just £5, we continue to show our dedication to delivering new audiences to our participating theatres at the most challenging time for the theatre industry. What an amazing pair of actors we have for our Premiere! The audience is sure to gain exclusive insights into the careers of some of our best loved and most respected actors.”

Laura is perhaps best known for her hugely popular portrayal of Lady Edith Crawley in ITV’s award-winning series DOWNTON ABBEY. The movie adaptation of the series was a recent box office hit. Prior to this, Laura could be seen starring in Starz’s THE SPANISH PRINCESS as ‘Margaret Pole’. 

Laura is currently playing the leading role of Agatha in six-part psychological thriller The Secrets She Keeps on BBC1. 

This follows other leading TV credits such as ITV’s 8-part crime-drama series MARCELLA alongside Anna Friel, and MAN IN AN ORANGE SHIRT for the BBC. She was recently seen on the big screen playing Muriel Williams opposite Rosamund Pike in Amma Asante’s feature A UNITED KINGDOM. She also appeared alongside a young British cast in the melancholic comedy BURN BURN BURN. This joins other film credits including MADAME BOVARY and TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY alongside Gary Oldham. No stranger to the stage, Laura played the leading role of Trudi in London’s West End opposite the legendary Stockard Channing in APOLOGIA at Trafalgar Studios directed by Jamie Lloyd, who had previously worked with her in his West End adaptation of Jean Genet’s psychological thriller THE MAIDS in 2016 opposite Zawe Ashton and Uzo Aduba.

Michelle trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is an English actress and singer. She is best known for her leading performance as Lady Mary Crawley in the ITV’s television period drama series DOWNTON ABBEY. Other Television credits include: DEFENDING JACOB (Paramount Television/Apple TV+); GODLESS (Netflix); GOOD BEHAVIOR (Storyland/TNT); RESTLESS (BBC); HENRY IV PARTS 1 & 2 (BBC/Shakespeare Productions Ltd.); CRANFORD (BBC); THE COURAGEOUS HEART OF IRENA SOLDIER (CBS); WAKING THE DEAD (BBC) and RED RIDING TRILOGY (Revolution Films). Theatre credits include: NETWORK (National Theatre); HAMLET (Crucible Theatre); BURNT BY THE SUN; PYGMALION (Old Vic); UNCLE VANYA (English Touring Theatre); DYING FOR IT (Almeida); PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY (Royal National Theatre); THE UN INSPECTOR (Royal National Theatre); HENRY IV (Royal National Theatre) and HIS DARK MATERIALS (Royal National Theatre).

Film credits include: THE GENTLEMEN (Miramax); DOWNTON ABBEY (Carnival Film & Television/Focus Features); THE SENSE OF AN ENDING (BBC Films); SELF/LESS (Endgame Entertainment); NON-STOP (Universal Pictures); ANNA KARENINA (Working Title Films); HANNA (Phenomenon Pictures); SHADES OF BEIGE (Shades Productions).

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

This event is sponsored by Theatre Royal’s Autumn Sponsor, Churchgates.  Robin Jackson, Director at Churchgates is thrilled to be part of this new venture, “The Theatre Royal is the hub of our community here in Bury St Edmunds and beyond and the people within have shown great positivity, innovation and resilience during such difficult times for the Arts World.  We are delighted to support and promote such a wonderful gem, and look forward to all the fantastic events they are planning.”

Tickets for the event have been priced at an affordable £5 with the option to add a donation to Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds when booking. Any donations will be added to their The Show Will Go On! reopening appeal.

Tickets for the event cost £5 and sold exclusively on

Theatre Tokens or debit/credit card can be used as payment. 

This is a fundraising event in support of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds (Registered Charity Number 242977.


Booking opens at 2pm Monday 27 July 

Tickets - £5 

Running time - 45 minutes (approx.)

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