Colin’s saddling up for Theatre Royal

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A man who has not ridden in 15 years has unveiled plans to ride 1,200 miles from Land’s End to Bury St Edmunds and on to John O’Groats.

Colin Blumenau, the Theatre Royal’s artistic director, plans to lead a group of riders in a cross-country Georgian Horse Challenge, which he hopes will raise a minimum of £150,000 to set up an endowment fund for the theatre.

Mr Blumenau has worked at the theatre for 14 years and ‘struggled to make exciting artistic choices against a backdrop of reducing finances’.

He said: “Rather than sitting there waiting for someone to give us money, if we can do something to generate that money it’s much better.”

Now he is appealing for riders to join him for the ride – which will take place next spring – either for the full route, which is expected to take up to eight weeks, or for shorter stages of the journey.

He also needs to find two horses for him to ride and is seeking celebrity endorsement and riders.

He will be working with the National Trust and other theatres and historic properties across the UK and will be creating an educational programme to run alongside the ride. I’m really excited because I’ve always wanted to ride the length and breadth of the country,” he said.

To get involved, contact project manager Lee Ann Bannerman on leeann@theatreroyal.org or call 07855 820 013.