History of the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

A black and white photo of the audience in the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds auditorium in 1906

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.

The theatre started life with William Wilkins and has changed ownership only a few times but it hasn't always been used as a theatre. 

Can you help us discover more about our history? 

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'd love to hear from you. We're 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? 

• Our Grade I listed playhouse is the only Regency Theatre in the country
• The building is the third oldest theatre in the country 
• Our longest-serving volunteer has been working with us for 22 years