Theatre faces a two-month intermission

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THE Theatre Royal has put its summer show programme on hold while council funding is restructured.

Bury St Edmunds’ historic Georgian theatre has no public performances booked in June and July. Its head of external relations Chris Grady said: “There isn’t a great deal of first class touring entertainment in summer so rather than programme anything we can grab, we thought it would be better to use the two months for other activities.”

He said the theatre would be open for guided tours, weddings, conferences and school activities.

“While there is not a public programme in June and July we can focus attention on August through to May and produce a good programme,” he added. “We’re not taking extra risk during the summer, during a period when we’re reconsidering financing.

“We’re waiting on official announcements of funding from both the borough and county councils. ”

Mr Grady said they knew Arts Council funding was down 6.8 per cent which had meant making seven redundancies.

“We know programming through to Christmas. If the county and borough went in a direction we’re not expecting and were going to cut every bit of funding, we would have to make different decisions.”