The Apex Theatre Bury St Edmunds

Events at the Apex Theatre

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

Tel: 01284 758000

* Where applicable ticket price already includes booking fee. Concessions may be available, see website or ring for details.

Evelyn Glennie Apex Theatre

World Doctor’s Orchestra with Dame Evelyn Glennie        

Sun 3 Oct, 6pm

The virtuoso solo percussionist joins the World Doctors Orchestra – physicians from all over the world, who exchange their white coats for evening attire and perform a benefit concert for medical aid projects.

They will be performing a concoction of British and American music with optimistic and often humorous aspects to the works, raising money for Pathway UK who support healthcare for the homeless.


Malcom Arnold – A Grand, Grand Festival Overture,

Michael Daugherty – Dreamachine, for solo percussion and orchestra,

Arnold Bax – Tintagel,

Edward Elgar – Enigma Variations.


Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - La Serenissima

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons – La Serenissima

Mon 4 Oct, 7.30pm

Vivaldi – Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in E, RV 281

Vivaldi – Concerto for cello, strings & continuo in B, RV 424

Brescianello – Overture-Suite for strings & continuo in D

Vivaldi – Le Quattro Stagioni / The Four Seasons (Manchester version)

Arguably the most iconic piece of classical music, Le Quattro Stagioni is presented here in the Manchester version, being more faithful to Vivaldi’s original intentions. The first half showcases two concertos by Vivaldi alongside music by Brescianello, a composer who was integral to the dissemination of Vivaldi’s music in Germany.

£28* / £23* (£6 U25s)

Paul Zerdin Apex Theatre

Paul Zerdin

Wed 6 Oct, 7.30pm

Back by popular demand, Paul Zerdin heads to The Apex with a brand new show. Sam, Albert, Baby, Roger the bodyguard and an urban fox have all survived 2020 locked down with Paul….well nearly. They can’t wait to see you, so get ready to be involved.

As well as his hilarious characters ‘Hands Free’ features Paul giving us a glimpse into his own world showing us what it’s like to be able to throw your voice in everyday situations where anything and everything can talk back!



Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra

Sat 9 Oct, 7.30pm

“Welcome back” concert with a programme of joyful Mozart: the well-loved 40th Symphony; the exhilarating soprano motet Exsultate Jubilate; the familiar sounds and delightful energy of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; concluding with the golden sounds of the French Horn in Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto

Post-show “Meet The Players” reception, hosted by conductor Leslie Olive, with soprano soloist Jane Burnell, horn soloist Benjamin Goldscheider, the SPO’s distinguished Associate Leader Richard Milone, and members of the Orchestra (£15)

£39.50* / £34.50* / £28.50* / £22.50*

Barbara Dickson With Nick Holland

Barbara Dickson With Nick Holland

Tue 12 Oct, 7.30pm

Barbara and pianist Nick Holland bring a special acoustic performance.

The pair let the words and melodies take ‘centre stage’ as they perform a wonderful range of material drawing on Barbara’s folk roots, contemporary greats, and some of her classic hits.




Wed 13 Oct, 7.30pm

Long established as one of the biggest names in Irish music internationally, Dervish are renowned for their live performances, matching dazzling sets of tunes with stunning interpretations of traditional tunes.

Dervish are simply brilliant… they carry Irish history with them.” The Guardian.


Karine Polwart

Karine Polwart

Sun 17 Oct, 7.30pm

Seven-times winner at The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including three times for Best Original Songand Folk Singer Of The Year 2018, Karine draws from folk music’s long tradition while keeping pace with the ceaselessly changing times. Her talent for crafting unique, enduring melodies, her gift for saying just enough without overstating her case, the range and dynamism of her arrangements, all come together in songs of powerful contemporary relevance.



The Syd Lawrence Orchestra

Mon 18 Oct, 7.30pm

The ‘Best Big Band in the Land’ is back with a stunning performance packed with your Big Band favourites. Directed by Chris Dean, their new show dazzles with the dynamic and thrilling energy of that glorious music and a hearty helping of nostalgia.

The Orchestra, directed since Syd’s retirement in 1996 by virtuoso trombonist Chris Dean, has a repertoire of  over 1,200 classic Big Band titles including Glenn Miller´s ‘Moonlight Serenade’ and ‘In the Mood’, Tommy Dorsey´s ‘I’m Getting Sentimental Over You’, Benny Goodman´s ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’, Artie Shaw´s ‘Begin The Beguine’, Woody Herman’s ‘Blues on Parade’, Duke Ellington’s ‘Satin Doll’, and Count Basie´s ‘April in Paris’, along with hits from the Great American Songbook by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee.

£24.50* (£6 U25s)


A Year in the Life of The Apex Exhibition

Tue 19 Oct – Sun 21 Nov

To help celebrate The Apex’s 10th anniversary in 2020, photographer Geoff Price spent twelve months documenting everyday life at The Apex.

The results beautifully capture every aspect of what this much loved venue has to offer, as well as the major role it plays in the community of Bury St Edmunds and West Suffolk.

This exhibition was due to the held in 2020 but was postponed due to COVID-19.

Free entry

Ralph McTell Apex Theatre

Ralph McTell

Wed 20 Oct, 7.30pm

A singer songwriter of international acclaim who has played across the world, McTell brings his exquisite songwriting to life with virtuoso guitar picking and evocative stories.  His spellbinding songs and wry humorous anecdotes take the audience from his busker days in Paris, to concert halls in Australia and America and through the Streets of London.




Thu 21 Oct, 8pm

Often quoted as being one of the most formidable acts to emerge from the ’60s progressive rock scene, over the years they have managed to achieve cult status and have maintained a passionate and diehard following.

The current Caravan line-up includes Pye Hastings (1968 founding member: guitar, lead vocals), Geoffrey Richardson (joined 1972: viola, guitar, flute, vocals), Jan Schelhaas (keyboards), Jim Leverton (bass, vocals) and Mark Walker (drums, percussion).



The Sound of Springsteen

Sat 23 Oct, 8pm

Whether you were ‘Born to Run’ or ‘Born in The USA’, you can enjoy ‘Dancing in the Dark’ with a ‘Hungry Heart’!

Formed in late 2017, each member of this 8-piece band has toured and recorded with many of the biggest names in the music industry and been chosen for their unique abilities as performers and an undeniable love for the music of The Boss.


Courtney Pine and Zoe Rahman

Courtney Pine and Zoe Rahman

Tue 26 Oct, 7.30pm

Song (The Ballad Book): for this gig Courtney has stripped everything right back and takes to the stage playing bass clarinet accompanied only by fellow Mercury nominee and MOBO Award winning Pianist, Zoe Rahman.

Spellbinding, shimmers serenely with a breath-taking beauty” – Mojo

This is beautiful, impressive work by two of our finest players” – The Observer

£23.50* (£6.50* U25s)


Brian Blessed

Wed 27 Oct, 7.30pm

The larger than life actor, known for his hearty, king-sized portrayals on film and television.



Gary Stewart’s Graceland

Thu 28 Oct, 7.30pm

Gary Stewart & his 6-piece band recreate Paul Simon’s landmark Graceland album in all its glory.

Gary will perform a set of Paul Simon songs before the band joins him for those magical songs, with their captivating stories, distinctive harmonies and South African rhythms



ELO Experience

Fri 29 & Sat 30 Oct, 7.30pm

The world’s foremost tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra


London Ballet Company Apex Theatre

London Ballet Company

Sun 31 Oct, 3pm

A double bill which includes the premiere performance of their new show, ‘A Little Princess’ and the story of a family in 1914, ‘Poppy’.

Based on the children’s novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett, ‘A Little Princess’ is an inspiring tale of resilience and courage in adversity and changing circumstances.

Given the proximity of Armistice Day, the company will also perform their much-loved production, Poppy. Seen through the innocent eyes of the child Poppy, we follow a family struggling to come to terms with the cataclysmic turn of events of 1914, as they seek to do their duty and rally to their nation’s cause. Poppy remains, like the flower for whom she was named, a symbol of hope and of remembrance.

Workshop: Sun 10 October, 10am, £15

Aimed at young and aspiring dancers (6-18) that perhaps dance as a hobby at least once per week in ballet, contemporary or jazz


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