What’s on in March 2017 at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds


Thursday 2 – Saturday 4 March

Ballet Theatre UK


At Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Join Ballet Theatre UK in one of the greatest ballets of all time, Giselle.

A tragically romantic tale of a young girl who falls deeply in love. However, she would soon be deceived for he was betrothed to another. Through despair and desperation the young girl kills herself as she could not live without him.

The Queen of the Wilis, along with the ghosts of young girls who die before their wedding nights, condemns the lover to dance to his death. He can only be saved by the intervention of the spirit of Giselle and the break of dawn which force the Wilis to flee.

First performed in 1841, Giselle has never lost its popularity with audiences, considered to be one of the jewels in the crown of the romantic repertoire.

Featuring a full Corps de Ballet of 24 international dancers along with the critically acclaimed Principal Dancers, Ballet Theatre UK present this haunting classic in its full glory set to the stunning music by Adolphe Adam.

Thursday – Saturday 7.30pm

Saturday 3pm

Tickets £26 – £8.50

Child Price £15 – £8.50

Sunday 5 March

Ruthie Henshall & Guest


At Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Ruthie Henshall’s multi-award winning career has seen her star in the most popular musicals of the past 30 years including Cats, Miss Saigon, Crazy For You, She Loves Me, Oliver!, Chorus Line, Les Miserables, Chicago and Billy Elliott.

Join Ruthie and her band, with special guests Kerry Ellis (one of the West Ends Leading Ladies), Tim Howar (lead singer of Mike and the Mechanics and star of West End productions Rock of Ages and Rent) and stars of Eric and Little Ern for an unforgettable evening.

Join Ruthie and the stars of the show on stage for a drink after the show. Tickets for this are £10.

This is a fundraising event for Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds (charity number: 242977)

Sponsored by Ashtons Legal

Sunday 7.30pm

Tickets £25 – £10

Tuesday 7 – Thursday 9 March

Blackeyed Theatre in Association with South Hill Park


At Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

By Mary Shelley

Adapted by John Ginman

“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”

Geneva. 1816. Victor Frankenstein obsesses in the pursuit of nature’s secret, the elixir of life itself. But nothing can prepare him for what he creates. So begins a gripping life or death adventure taking him to the ends of the earth and beyond. A brand new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic horror masterpiece fusing ensemble storytelling, live music, puppetry and stunning theatricality.

From the team behind Blackeyed Theatre’s hugely successful 2013 production of Dracula.

‘One of the most innovative, audacious companies working in contemporary English theatre’ The Stage

Ages 11+

Tuesday – Thursday 7.30pm

Wednesday 2pm

Tickets £21.50 – £8.50

Saturday 11 March

Swansea City Opera


At Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

By Delibes

This jewel of an opera is best known for the famous Flower Duet, which has become one of the most familiar numbers any composer, in any genre, has ever written, even used by our national airline on TV ads as the peaceful accompaniment to a jetliner floating through wispy clouds!

As so often with operas that become famous for a particular tune, Lakmé contains many other hidden musical gems including the stratospheric and challenging Bell Song.

Like other French operas of the period, it captures the ambience of the Orient seen through Western eyes and, topically for today, tells of religious tensions and conflict leading to personal sacrifice, heartbreak and death.

Swansea City Opera is setting the production of Lakmé in India during the Raj of the 1880’s, sung in English and accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Like Delibes music for his famous ballet Coppelia, the orchestral scoring for Lakmé is delicious.

This opera remains a relative rarity so don’t miss this golden opportunity to hear and see this ravishing piece.

Famous arias and duets include Dôme épais, le jasmin – Flower duet and Air des Clochettes – The Bell Song

Sung in English

Saturday 7.30pm

Tickets £26 – £10

Sunday 12 March

The Berkley Squares


At Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Join us for a traditional Old Time Music Hall show featuring the Berkley Squares together with various experienced Old Time performers – all dressed in original costume with a chairman introducing the acts. A team of singers and dancers performing all your favourite old time songs. It’ll be ‘Comedy all the way’!

Join us in the bar before the show and enjoy a drink (included in the ticket price).

Today’s performers have given their time for free in support of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds (charity number: 242977)

Sunday 3pm & 7.30pm

Tickets £16.50 – £8.50

Tuesday 14 & Wednesday 15 March

Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal


At Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Adapted for the stage by Neil Duffield

Directed by Juliet Forster

EM Forster is best known for his exquisite novels, but his short story masterpiece published in 1909 is astoundingly prophetic and poignant in 2016: a chilling prediction and exploration of our increasingly complex relationship with technology.

“You talk as if a god had made the Machine,” cried the other. “I believe that you pray to it when you are unhappy. Men made it, do not forget that.”

In a dystopian world where humans have retreated far underground, Kuno alone questions their now total dependency on technology to live and communicate with each other, but in his struggle to break out can he reach the Earth’s surface before the Machine stops?

Featuring a brand new soundtrack composed by John Foxx, pioneer of electronic music and founder of Ultravox, and analogue synth specialist, Benge.

Suitable for ages 11+

★★★★ – The Guardian

★★★★ – The Stage

★★★★ – The Independent

Tuesday & Wednesday 7.30pm

Tickets £16.50 – £8.50

Thursday 16 March

The Haywood Sisters


At Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

An evening of vintage retro chic heaven! From the 1950s to the 1990s, The Haywood Sisters perform songs by The Boswell Sisters, The Andrews Sisters, The Lennon Sisters, The Ronettes, The Supremes, Sister Sledge, The Three Degrees, Tiffany and TLC.

The show ends in the modern day where the girls perform pop songs with a surprise vintage twist! With killer curves, perfect harmonies and cheeky humour, an evening with this glamorous trio is bound to get everyone’s toes tapping. Get your glad rags on and join us in the bar for live music pre-show and retro drinks to get everyone in the mood!

Tonight’s performers have given their time for free in support of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds (charity number: 242977)

Thursday 7.30pm

Tickets £20 – £10

Friday 17 March

Lipservice Theatre


At Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Jane Austen sits writing, her quill scurrying across the vellum.

She is dreaming up Darcy, a proud, lip curling, handsome creation in very tight pants. But then a door squeaks, a visitor approaches and Jane hastily hides her work. Now left to his own devices, Darcy embroiders his own storyline whilst his creator stitches her quilt. When Jane returns she finds the plot has moved on and Darcy is dancing to a rather different tune.

LipService explore the world of women writers, scribbling in secret or under pseudonyms, squeezing in their writing amongst the hustle and bustle of taking tea, choosing chintz and the odd attack of the vapours.

Award-winning comedy duo LipService, makers of Withering Looks and Inspector Norse celebrate Jane Austen’s life 200 years on.

The glorious, splendidly silly comic duo’ The Independent

‘The Laurel and Hardy of literary deconstruction’ The Guardian

Friday 7.30pm

Tickets £16.50 – 38.50

Saturday 18 March

Bury St Edmunds Concert Band


At Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Returning for their fourth themed concert, this year combining music from the big screen in Hollywood to the bright lights of Broadway.

Join the band as they perform music from film and musicals including Miss Saigon, Moulin Rouge and a fine selection from the Gershwin Brothers.

As always you will be taken on a journey full of entertainment and great music, so grab your tickets quickly and don’t miss out on this wonderful evening.

This is a fundraising event to support Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds (charity number: 242977)

Saturday 7.30pm

Tickets £15 – £8.50

Monday 20 March


At Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Duke Dobing – FLUTE, Charles Hine – CLARINET, David Miles – BASSOON

Programme of breathtaking virtuosity from Baroque to 20th century music.

Monday 1.10pm

Tickets £8.50

Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 March

Irving Stage Company


At Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Full of excellent show tunes that have become part of the fabric of the Broadway sound, including Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin, I Cain’t Say No, People Will Say We’re in Love and, of course, the title song Oklahoma!

This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic has won countless awards and dazzled critics on both sides of the Atlantic time and again.

Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm

Saturday 2.30pm

Tickets £22.50 – £10

Monday 27 March


At Theatre royal Bury St Edmunds

An evening of Big Band and jazz classics performed by West Suffolk Youth Jazz, directed by Mark Sewell.

This is a fundraising event to support Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds (charity number: 242977)

Monday 7.30pm

Tickets £12 – £10

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