Theatre Royal’s anniversary play is a gem in Bury’s treasure trove of culture

A Labour of Love - photo by Keith Mindham ANL-150720-165127001

A Labour of Love - photo by Keith Mindham ANL-150720-165127001

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This enthralling and entertaining piece of theatre should be listed as a community asset.

Indeed, A Labour of Love is a lyrical ode to the relentless and triumphant community spirit of Bury St Edmunds.

The charming tale documents a group’s fight 50-years-ago to resurrect the Theatre Royal in a swirl of toe tapping musical numbers, dramatic beats and rib tickling humour.

As two leading campaigners in the show note, the venue was a real ‘sleeping beauty’. Even though it was in a state of decay after being used for decades as a barrel store, they were determined to revive its theatrical heart.

Led by Air Vice Marshall Stanley Vincent, a member of the Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, and Olga Ironside Wood, the county drama advisor, the passionate group of volunteers raised a remarkable £44,500 over five years to reopen the venue in 1965.

With a strong cast of amateur and professional actors and a sharp script by Danusia Iwaszko, it is an uplifting night out for all ages and adds an extra bit of shine to the history of the Theatre Royal - a gem in the town’s treasure trove of heritage and culture.

It runs until Saturday, July 25 at the Theatre Royal.

Visit theatreroyal.org to book tickets.