Any loss of funding is a worry these days – so a near 20% hole in the Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal’s running costs must be alarming for staff and patrons alike.
The Theatre Royal is the jewel in the arts crown in Bury and the world’s only surviving Regency playhouse. As such, it warrants special attention when it comes to funding decisions.
I do wonder if the Arts Council has taken on board the great work the theatre does across all ages and the generations of people it tries to reach with innovative shows and household names. No-one would consider it mass market, but if it’s One Direction you’re after, look elsewhere.
The door seems ajar for the theatre to seek alternative funding streams via the Arts Council. If that is the case, the Arts Council must take on board seriously all representations from Karen Simpson and her team and recognise what a key role the theatre plays in the life of this corner of Suffolk.