Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds to Reopen in May

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds will reopen in May with a Spring/Summer 2021 season sponsored by Ellisons Solicitors.

The theatre will celebrate this much-anticipated milestone with a sparkling new version of one of the world’s great adventure stories, Around the World in Eighty Days, directed by the theatre’s Artistic Director, Owen Calvert-Lyons, sponsored by Chassis Cab and opening on Friday 21 May. 

Audiences will follow dashing Victorian adventurer Phileas Fogg in this fast-paced comedy as he embarks on a journey across the globe, aiming to complete the feat in record time. A cast of three will play over twenty characters in this epic tale of adventure. 

The opening celebrations will continue with two special events. On Sunday 23 May, a rare chance to join acclaimed actors Robert & Philip Glenister for a brilliantly entertaining evening in conversation about life, love, filming and theatre.

Then on Sunday 30 May award-winning, internationally acclaimed, Coloratura Soprano, Christina Johnston will present an intimate evening of uplifting and iconic operatic and classical pieces accompanied by pianist Geoff Lavery. 

Three further special fundraising events will follow.  June 20th will see one of the foremost journalists and political experts in the UK, John Sergeant, joined by his friend Terry Waite CBE, English humanitarian and author, for a fascinating and fun evening of conversation. And on July 1 we welcome the hugely talented actor, humourist, writer and general raconteur Christopher Biggins on stage with one of his best mates, Birds of a Feather star, Lesley Joseph.  

To round off the season, The Daily Telegraph’s cartoonist Matt Pritchett MBE whose cartoons provide a consistently original take on the big news stories of the day will treat us to an insight into his world. 

In line with Government guidelines the first few weeks of opening will be with socially distanced seating and a range of Covid-safe measures designed to give customers confidence in returning.  

Bubble Seating in the auditorium, one-way systems and dedicated entrances will give audience members lots of space.  An upgraded air-handling system, deep cleans and effective sanitisation will help to keep the virus at bay.  All being well, the theatre hopes to return to a full auditorium from 22 June, if restrictions allow.  

Prior to welcoming audiences back to the theatre in person, the theatre’s stage will play host to a live streamed performance, in partnership with Original Theatre Company, of Being Mr Wickham. Written and performed by Adrian Lukis, who starred in the renowned BBC TV adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, and will now return to the role of Mr Wickham and set the record straight.  What really happened with Darcy?  What did he feel about Lizze? The three live streamed performances will be followed by a Q&A with Adrian Lukis himself.

The Spring/Summer 2021 programme also features some shows rescheduled from last year – comedian Greg Byron, Oddsocks Production of Comedy of Errors, fast-paced improv with Austentatious and comedy drama in the form of Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular sponsored by Ashtons Legal.

Towards the end of the Summer there will be the always-popular Summer School production which, this year, will be Holes by Louis Sachar.  This multi-million bestselling novel is adapted for the stage by the author himself in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption and will see a cast of young people on stage alongside professional actors.

At the same time as this wonderful programme of events, this year’s pantomime, Cinderella will also go back on sale having been rescheduled from last year so absolutely loads of things to fill your diary with!