Bury St Edmunds theatre relocates offices and box office to save £30,000 a year

Karen Simpson who has been announced as the new director for the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds ENGANL00120130708132320
Karen Simpson who has been announced as the new director for the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds ENGANL00120130708132320
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The Theatre Royal, in Bury St Edmunds, has relocated its offices and box office in a move which will save about £30,000 a year.

The facilities were previously based next door in 6 Westgate Street and the box office can now be found in the theatre foyer while office staff are based in the main theatre building.

The move follows a £114,000 a year funding cut from the Arts Council.

Karen Simpson, director of the theatre, said: “The management of Theatre Royal have had to manage a significant cut to its core funding from Arts Council England from April 1 this year. The move out of 6 Westgate Street will be challenging to our team however, we are determined to implement the funding cuts with minimal impact on our audiences.

“Since my colleague Adrian Grady and I took up our respective posts we have always wanted to move the box office back into the theatre where it belongs and this has now taken place. We’ve had to take some of our space front of house and backstage to accommodate the office needs but it really is the very best use of our limited resources and the limitation on space means we have to think in a more environmentally friendly way about how we work.”