Gallery: Plenty of new shows on the horizon at Bury St Edmunds’ Theatre Royal

Pinochio by Hiccup Theatre, one of several new shows heading to the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Pinochio by Hiccup Theatre, one of several new shows heading to the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds - Credit: Archant

This year you can enjoy drama, family shows and some Edinburgh-esque variety all summer long at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds.

Tickets for the new season are on general sale now.

Drama remains at the heart of its programme. Opening the season is the kitchen sink classic A Taste of Honey from Hull Truck Theatre and Derby Theatre. Also on the menu is London Classic Theatre’s provocative Entertaining Mr Sloane. In July, the Globe brings King Lear back to town.

There’s plenty for youngsters too, including Pinocchio re-imagined by acclaimed children’s writer Michael Rosen and brought to life through puppetry, music and storytelling; The Little Mermaid gets a ballet makeover and there’s more unexpected encounters in the form of Emily Brown and the Thing plus Aliens Love Underpants.

Couldn’t make it to Edinburgh? Luckily there’s a fringe-y feel to the programme.

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There’ll be music from The Ultimate Louis Armstrong Show and a modern production of La Bohème. Expect some literary shenanigans from the Reduced Shakespeare Company as they squeeze the Bard’s complete works plus Austentatious - An Improvised Novel, which takes audience suggestions and turns them into a new and rather novel Austen-inspired play.

Sure to leave audiences Dumbstruck are Fine Chisel, who tell the tale of underwater communication with only a stage full of instruments and a box of chalk to conjure the rush of waves, a 1960s pirate radio station and the sounds of a rather lonely whale.

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For those who like a flutter, Tim FitzHigham brings his new show The Gambler to town.

Rounding off the season will be the all new Backstage Past - Live Encounters.

Under the care of the National Trust, the Grade 1 Listed building is the UK’s last surviving working Regency playhouse.

The promenade production, starring community actors, takes visitors through time with characters from the theatre’s past, discovering fascinating facts about its history. It’s uncovered some more exciting tales but if you want to find out more you’ll have to take the tour.

Check out the web gallery for images from some of the shows coming.

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