Theatre launches a packed new season

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RETURNING with fresh vigour, the Theatre Royal has launched its autumn season which is to include visits from former West End musical stars and a Shakespeare’s Globe troupe.

“It’s great to be back,” announced artistic director Colin Blumenau on Tuesday, after the first gap in programme the Bury St Edmunds theatre has seen since he came on board 15 years ago.

Arthur Smith

Arthur Smith

The ‘jam packed’ programme will include performances by a small troupe of travelling players from the Globe, as they stage the Shakespearian comedy As You Like It.

While musical buffs are sure to enjoy The Masters of the House Sing the Musicals, which will feature former stars from a host of popular West End productions including Les Miserables, Evita, Phantom of the Opera and Spamalot.

Autumn also brings the theatre’s second Royal Wedding Fair, cabaret act Fascinating Aida, much-loved funnymen Ed Byrne and Arthur Smith and the theatre’s latest company production, Dick Turpin’s Last Ride.

And it is Dick Turpin that has Mr Blumenau and executive director Simon Daykin most excited. With a script that originated in the theatre, the play draws from court transcripts and eye witness accounts in its search for the truth about the man behind the highwayman’s enduring myth.

The production, not suitable for children under 10, will launch in the Theatre Royal before going on tour. There will be a captioned performance for the hearing impaired and a pre-show touch tour for the visually impaired.

For its Script in Hand readings the theatre will turn into a radio recording studio for a day, when theatre-goers will become a live audience for performances of three plays from the theatre’s back catalogue with Restoring the Repertoire.

“We’re taking risks, we’re being brave with what we do and that’s important for the work we do here as an organisation,” said Mr Daykin.

Booking for the autumn season opens June 28, visit www.theatreroyal.org or call 01284 769505.

Theatre Royal Launch Autumn Programme''Pictured: Ian Woodard (Marriot Motor Group), Lynn Whitehead, Simon Daykin and Colin Blumenau

Theatre Royal Launch Autumn Programme''Pictured: Ian Woodard (Marriot Motor Group), Lynn Whitehead, Simon Daykin and Colin Blumenau