Bosses at the Theatre Royal have revealed its ‘quality and wide ranging’ bumper summer season - as it emerged the venue has balanced its budget.
The theatre, in Bury St Edmunds, has chosen to keep its stage open throughout the summer with top class dramas, fun-filled family shows and Edinburgh-esque variety.
Meanwhile, the historic theatre is heading into the new financial year with a clear balance sheet after cutting more than £150,000 from its budget.
Director Karen Simpson said: “I’m absolutely delighted by the summer season. It says really clearly where I want the company to be. We’ve got a really broad range of work and re-engaged with the national companies. I want it to be a theatre that everybody feels they can come to and see something that’s absolutely best quality.”
Opening the season in June is kitchen sink classic A Taste of Honey followed by Entertaining Mr Sloane and King Lear. For the younger generation there is Pinocchio, ballet The Little Mermaid, Emily Brown and the Thing and Aliens Love Underpants. Adding a fringe feel, the theatre has music from The Ultimate Louis Armstrong Show and modern opera La Boheme.
It follows a ‘great start to the year’ with the world premiere of the critically acclaimed This May Hurt a Bit.
Ms Simpson said: “There’s a real feeling of energy about the place. We’re paying out more for our programme but we’re getting more audiences back in because the quality is here. We’ve been hitting our targets which makes everybody feel so much more confident. I do feel we’re coming out of the mire.
On the theatre’s finances, she added: “We will be at a completely break even point at the end of this month so we go into the new financial year with a clear balance sheet. We’re now on top of the finances. We’ve got a new plan in terms of how we operate next year. Yes we had to take a hit, there were redundancies but we’ve got a really good team looking forward.