Curtain up on varied season at the theatre

�Richard Davenport 2013. London, UK . Meta Theatre - Well
�Richard Davenport 2013. London, UK . Meta Theatre - Well
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The Theatre Royal’s autumn season has something for everyone from aerial dance to Austen and concluding with the annual panto.

Launching the season Lynn Whitehead, head of creative learning at the Theatre Royal, said: “I hope you will agree there’s a large, great variety of shows on offer this season.”

Performances include stand-up comedy, cookery demonstrations, horror, comedy and a mass of original writing.

The Regency theatre will twice host literature from the same period with two Austen spectaculars.

Mansfield Park returns to Bury St Edmunds for the second year from September 17-21.

While Two Bit Classics and the Theatre Royal present an interpretation of Pride and Prejudice starring only two actors who will take on 19 parts.

During October half term the Theatre Royal will offer shows to keep children of all ages amused as part of the Family Arts Festival.

These offerings will include an adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards! presented by the Theatre Royal Young Company.

The half term programme also features a Halloween reading, classic adventure story The Prisoner of Zenda and The Elves and the Shoemaker.

The autumn line-up is the last to be formed under the stewardship of former chief executive Simon Daykin.

He said: “Between these pages is something for everybody, from thrilling new aerial dance to absolute classics like Pinter’s Betrayal and the Globe’s return with The Taming of the Shrew.

“We’re also excited because Autumn 2013 showcases a host of new partnerships between the Theatre Royal and some of the country’s most exhilarating new theatre companies.”

Among these is the world premier of Metta Theatre’s Well, which will tell the tale of the largest mass poisoning in history through the fusion of modern aerial circus work, swirling sari silks, classical Indian dance and dramatic story telling.

The autumn season concludes with the annual pantomime, this year Aladdin which will see James Nickerson will return to Bury St Edmunds to take the role of Widow Twanky.