Work has started on around £100,000 worth of roof repairs at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.
A scaffold and beam bridge has been built over the stage area roof to allow outside access to the auditorium gable end.
This together with internal access to the void will allow the necessary strengthening and repair work to proceed.
The bridge runs from the Greene King lawn area (by No. 6 Westgate) and comes into the building via the auditorium left stairwell.
Scaffold poles will be visible in the stairwell area but when erected will allow normal entry and exit into and from the auditorium for our audience.
This initial internal work has been completed in the Theatre’s ‘dark’ period so it will not interfere with the ongoing programme.
The overall work is expected to take nine weeks.
The project is being funded and managed overall by the National Trust as part of their landlord responsibilities.
Adrian Grady, Theatre Royal General Manager, said: “The National Trust have been very cooperative and helpful in ensuring that this very necessary work does not affect our ability to stay open and deliver our programme. We apologise to our visitors for any inconvenience during this period of work.”
Sarah Bowers, National Trust Consultancy Manager, said: “Although this is not good news, it is always interesting to delve into the archives, find old drawings, old reports, photographs, talking to people who have worked on the building before both internally and externally and piecing together what caused the problem, and what are the options for a solution.”