The Apex Theatre Bury St Edmunds

Events at the Apex Theatre

1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3FD

Tel: 01284 758000

Here’s a list of some of the delights in store at the Apex

Sat 1 Dec, 7.30pm

BBC Radio Suffolk Carol Concert

Festive music and readings featuring BBC Radio Suffolk presenters and Suffolk musicians. Fundraiser for BBC Children in Need


Tue 2 Dec, 7.30pm

Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band

Carols & Capers: Familiar and not-so-familiar festive fare played on

Renaissance, modern and ethnic instruments, and mixed with a refreshing cavalier attitude and plenty of humour.


Mon 3 Dec, 8pm

Thea Gilmore

Thea’s 2018 acoustic Christmas Party UK tour will feature material from her album ‘Strange Communion’, laced with highly individual versions of Christmas classics. Enjoy superb musicianship from the band and Thea’s spine-tingling, pure-toned voice, guaranteed to leave you moved, exhilarated and spellbound.

Thea’s 2009 album, ‘Strange Communion’ is a collection of seasonal songs ranging from joyful to meditative, from introspective to darkly humorous. The album contained ‘That’ll Be Christmas’ which became the most played festive song on BBC Radio 2 that year, and was described by Chris Evans as “the best Christmas song in years”.


Tue 4 Dec, 7.30pm

Alexander O’Neal

Famed for his R&B smash hit ‘Criticize’, Alexander O’Neal helped create a modern soul style with his gospel singing technique. Equally capable of blasting out funky, uptempo numbers or delivering tender ballads, Alexander’s voice has matured into a sensational soul and blues sound.

£35.50* standing / £36.50 seated

Wed 5 Dec, 7pm

Hazel O’Connor & Breaking Glass

The Film, a Q&A and Live Performance. A very special evening with award-winning singer songwriter Hazel O’Connor, featuring a rare screening of the digitally re-mastered uncut version of the film followed by an intimate Q&A and live performance of some of the films best loved songs.


Sun 9 Dec, 2pm

Boyface And The Christmas Jumper

Based on James Campbell’s books, this is a deliciously silly and wonderfully festive piece of musical theatre for children and their families. Boyface is a boy like any other boy but more so.  And this Christmas, something terrible has happened.  His best friend Clootie has been kidnapped by Weird Clown Boy and the only way the Antelope Family can get her back is by creating the most amazing Christmas Jumper that anyone has ever seen.  Fortunately, they can use the Quantum Chromatic Disruption Machine but what else could possibly go wrong?

£7.50* (£6.50conc)

Mon 10 Dec, 7.30pm

The Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’

Half gig, half dance show and half panto! It’s Christmas Eve and the regulars of The Olde Fighting Cocks are excited about the night ahead, it’s going to be the Folk & Hip Hop dance party of the year.

Featuring ‘folk powerhouse’ The Demon Barbers; artists from Breaking Tradition Dance Company; a new seasonal repertoire and a ‘slightly unhinged’ approach to their family friendly stage shows, they are ‘guaranteed to raise weary spirits and send an audience home smiling’! (The Telegraph).


Tue 11 Dec, 7.30pm

Let’s Twist Again

Critically acclaimed artistes and musicians deliver a show that combines fun and laughter with the greatest hits of Elvis, Dusty, Lulu, The Beatles, Sandie Shaw, The Drifters, Frankie Valli, Cilla, Grease and many more.


Wed 12 Dec, 7.30pm

Joe Stilgoe & his Mighty Big Band

Joe will play classics from the likes of Cole Porter and Louis Prima, plus hits from his five critically lauded albums, three of which have topped the UK Jazz Chart. Expect a mixture of virtuosic musicianship, breathtaking theatricality and interaction with the audience, combining on the spot improvisation and the quickest of wits.

Musical virtuosity with a swashbuckling stage presence” (The Guardian).


Thu 13 Dec, 7.30pm

An Evening of Eric & Ern at Christmas

With Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel, the Olivier nominated duo behind the celebrated & critically acclaimed West End hit ‘Eric & Little Ern’. Crammed full of renditions of famous comedy sketches, from Greig’s Piano concerto to Mr Memory, “Arsenal!” this is a show full of Morecambe and Wise’s most loved routines, songs and sketches, evoking memories of times when whole families would huddle around the telly to watch those fantastic Christmas specials.


the sweet

Tue 18 Dec, 7.30pm

The Sweet

Blockbuster Glam Christmas Party! The Sweet became one of the biggest bands of the 1970s and were the quintessential glam rockers who brought androgynous looks and crunching guitar pop to the masses. Pop hits like ‘Fox On The Run’, ‘Love Is Like Oxygen’, ‘Little Willy’ and ‘Wig-Wam Bam’, were countered by harder rock songs, such as ‘Blockbuster’, ‘Ballroom Blitz’, ‘Hell Raiser’ and ‘Teenage Rampage’. You may remember Tia Carrere’s version of ‘Ballroom Blitz’ in Wayne’s World, while The Sweet’s version was used to promote the film Suicide Squad in 2016. The use of ‘Fox On The Run’ in the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (also in 2016) led to the song reaching number one on the iTunes Rock Chart.

£21* standing / £23.50 seated

Wed 19 Dec, 7.30pm

Jazz at The Movies

Refreshed and revitalised, A Swinging Christmas 2018 gets jazzy with a stocking-full of 20th century holiday classics and curiosities. This seasonal show regularly sells-out Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and features acclaimed singer Joanna Eden (“the UK’s answer to Norah Jones and Diana Krall” – Time Out) and the groovy sounds of the Chris Ingham Quartet. With material ranging from Bond to Bacharach, Dankworth to Disney and Porter to Pinter, Jazz At The Movies is an enchanting, entertaining show, rich with anecdote, sophistication and swing.


Albion Christmas

Thu 20 Dec, 7.30pm

An Albion Christmas

A musical guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain with Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band) Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings.


Sun 30 Dec – Wed 2 Jan, times vary

A Christmas Carol

CTC proudly present a musical version of the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future.



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