Lively blend of home grown and upcoming shows

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The Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds will be putting on a ‘smorgasbord’ of shows to delight audiences over the autumn and into the new year.

The centrepieces will consist of three of its own productions, Mansfield Park, Rapunzel and the Rascal Prince and Romeo and Juliet.

“They’re all produced here, we bring the actors here, we make the costumes here and we build the sets here,” said Chris Grady, head of external relations.

“Mansfield Park will open here and then we will be taking the whole company on national tour. It is really important to take our own productions on tour. Ultimately, it feeds money back into the theatre and that means we can put on bigger shows. But it is also important to take the Theatre Royal name around the country.

“We like to represent the town because we have a wonderful town, and by doing this we can feed more people back into Bury St Edmunds. If people see one of our shows and they like the look of our town, next time they may choose to come here and see one,” said Chris.

The three productions will be shown alongside a programme of local and national performances from big names to up and coming artists.

Chris said it was not difficult to attract companies to Bury. “We have a unique building in the Theatre Royal. It is the only Regency theatre left in the country and the only one that is a National Trust building.”

“I think it really helps to have a knowledgeable audience. The wonderful thing is that our audience comes to the theatre a lot.”

Cambridge company Gomito will be putting on The Alchemystorium, a new comic romance while Shappi Khorsandi brings her brand of live comedy to Bury and Brooklyn-based hip hoppers put on dance and video fusion.

This year’s panto, Rapunzel and the Rascal Prince, is also expected to attract a large audience of around 23,000

Priority booking for Friends opens on June 18 before going on sale to the general public on June 25. Booking for Rapunzel is open now and tickets for Romeo and Juliet will go on priority sale to schools. Call the Box Office on 01284 769505 for more details.