Gallery: Amateur thespians to stage musical Footloose at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Cast members from Footloose, which is on at the Theatre Royal from 23-27 April.

Cast members from Footloose, which is on at the Theatre Royal from 23-27 April. - Credit: Archant

AMATEUR thespians are busy putting the finishing touches to their production of the musical Footloose, which opens at the Theatre Royal, in Bury St Edmunds, later this month.

The show, staged by the Irving Stage Company, features song and dance numbers to well-known 1980s tracks, as well as a touching coming of age story.

Based on the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon, the stage musical of Footloose opened on Broadway in 1998 and ran for 700 performances.

Sian Couture, show director and choreographer, said: “Footloose is full of toe-tapping numbers and high-energy dance routines, so I am sure audiences will leave the theatre on a high.”

Cast members – who have been rehearsing since December - come from across west Suffolk and a range of backgrounds, They will be supported by professional musicians – led by musical director Mark Jefferson, who also leads St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir – and a team of backstage and front of house volunteers.

Ms Couture added: “Musicals such as Footloose cost thousands of pounds to stage. The Irving Stage Company is a charity, so we rely on people coming to see the show to ensure we cover all our costs. Tickets are selling well already, but I urge people to come along and see us. We may be an amateur company, but we aim to produce a professional and entertaining show.”

The show runs from Tuesday, April 23 – Saturday, April 27.

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Performances will be at 7.30pm nightly, with a matinée on Saturday, April 27, at 2.30pm. Ticket prices range from £8-£19 and are available from the box office on 01284 769505 or online at

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