The Life of the Theatre

The hustle and bustle of the Theatre © Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Keith Mindham

The hustle and bustle of the Theatre

The Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds has existed since 1819.  It has a rich heritage and continues to provide many with a unique cultural experience.

It started life with William Wilkins and has changed ownership only a few times.  It hasn't always been used as a theatre.  Read on to find out more...

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From 1906 to 2007

Can you help us discover more about our history?

The front view of the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds © National Trust, Dennis Gilbert

The front view of the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Do you have any information that could help us to fill our black spots? Do you have family members that have stories of the Theatre? If so, we would love to hear from you. We are especially interested to know more information from the 1960s. Any contributions would be gratefully received as we try to build up a comprehensive history of this magnificent theatre. The Suffolk Records Office holds extensive collections of posters, programmes and newspaper articles regarding the history of the Theatre Royal. For more information contact Sheila Reed at the Suffolk Records Office on 01284 741202. Did you know? a) Our Grade I listed playhouse is the only Regency Theatre in the country b) The building is the third oldest theatre in the country c) Our longest standing volunteer has been working with us for 22 years