The Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds has this afternoon announced that it will not press ahead with a management merger with The Apex.
But it has said it will look to collaborate with The Apex through a joint box office, a co-ordinated artistic programme and promotional work.
Theatre chief executive Simon Daykin said: “We all want the same thing – a way of growing audiences and participants across a rich tapestry of arts and cultural activities.
“Our aim is to drive growth, rather than to cut back and risk knocking the heart out of this town’s cultural richness.”
Tony Doherty, director of The Apex said: “We are really looking forward to working progressively with the Theatre Royal to exploit the splendour of the two venues that this town is blessed with.”