Audience will have themed garden picnic during opera

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A group of volunteers have something special in store for theatre-goers in Bury St Edmunds this summer.

St Nicholas Hospice Care’s Special Events Committee has organised an opera night at The Apex, with the gala performance of a new production of Madama Butterfly on July 21.

Charter Square will be transformed into a Japanese garden, complete with birch trees, lanterns and cherry blossom, in which audience members will be able to enjoy picnics during a long 90-minute interval.

“I think the most exciting thing is it’s never been done before and it’s one of the biggest events we’ve ever undertaken,” said committee chairman Max Milburn.

Simon Spence, event organiser and chairman of the Co-Opera Co which is putting on the performance, said: “It’s going to be much more special than just a normal opera.”

Directed by Jacopo Spirei, the show will feature an Australian tenor and a Polish soprano, and a 15 piece orchestra conducted by Martin Handley.

It is one of three events the committee has planned for this year, which are expected to raise around £100,000 for the hospice.

“If we didn’t have the support of individuals and companies with events like this we really wouldn’t be able to offer the services that we do,” said Liz Spillane, corporate fund-raiser for the hospice.

To buy tickets, call the box office on 01284 758000.