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Theatre Royal

William Wilkins

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Important events

(detail)11.10.1819 | opening
Built in 1819 by William Wilkins for his own theatre company.
(detail)1906 | Alteration
Altered to the design by Bertie Crewe and re-opened in 1906.
(detail)1925 | closure
Subsequently used as a barrel store by a local brewery.
(detail)1965 | Alteration
1960-1965 restoration.
(detail)2007 | renovation



Situated in the picturesque market town of Bury St Edmunds in the county of Suffolk and built in 1819 by the eminent neoclassical architect William Wilkins, the Theatre Royal is the only surviving Regency theatre in the UK. It provided theatrical entertainment for Bury and the surrounding area, including the magnificent nearby stately home Ickworth House. After a colourful history and a 40-year stint as barrel store for a brewery, the theatre has been almost completely restored to its 1819 appearance and offers a year-round programme of drama, dance, music and opera. It is unique in performing the almost forgotten English drama repertoire of the 18th and 19th century and is quickly developing into an important centre for Georgian theatre study and practice.


Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, 6 Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1QR, Great Britain

Tel. box office: +44 (0)1284 769 505, E-mail: admin@theatreroyal.orgwww.theatreroyal.org

Visits: open doors and guided tours for individual visitors; please ring the box office for details or visit our website. Guided tours for groups on appointment only; please ring +44 (0)1284 829 957 or e-mail grouptours@theatreroyal.org



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