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Visiting the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

The auditorium at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
The auditorium at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds | © National Trust Images/Dennis Gilbert

Discover everything you need to know about visiting and booking events at the Theatre Royal, a vibrant 200-year-old theatre located in the Suffolk town of Bury St Edmunds. With a year-round programme of productions and plenty of unique spaces for special occasions, there is something for everyone.

About Theatre Royal

The Theatre Royal was first built in 1819 and was restored to its original Regency design in 2007. As well as being a Grade I-listed building, it is also the last working Regency playhouse in the country.

Live shows

Theatre Royal has a year-round programme of shows and events to cater for all ages and tastes, from drama to dance, new productions to children's theatre. The theatre supports local Amateur Dramatic groups and new theatre companies, while welcoming established touring companies and producing work inhouse.

See what's on at the Theatre Royal.

General guided tours

Why not enjoy a historical tour of the theatre? Tours last approximately 1hr 30 minutes and National Trust members can take advantage of a significant discount.
Book your tour.

If you can't make it in person, check out this virtual tour on the Theatre Royal website.

Enjoy a virtual tour of the Theatre Royal.

Group visits

Groups visiting the theatre receive discounts when booking together. Groups of 25+ receive a 10% discount and groups of 10+ receive a 5% discount. Please email


Working with schools and colleges is extremely important to the team at Theatre Royal, and a variety of projects run alongside the work that happens on stage.

Schools can join workshops which can be used to work towards the Arts Award and Arts Mark, and are geared specifically for pre-schools, Primary Schools and Secondary Schools.

Alternatively, school group can discover why the Theatre Royal is one of the most significant theatre buildings in the country on a guided tour.

All tour enquiries should be made to

School groups are also welcome to book to watch a show at the theatre. If you're interested in booking to see any performances, please contact

Hire the theatre

Have you ever thought about the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds as the place to hold your special occasion? It can cater for a wide range of events be they celebratory or corporate.

• Conference venue

• Have a tailor-made package to cater for all your needs

• Private functions

• A sophisticated, modern and light space for entertaining

• Corporate events

• Make a big impression by using our unique spaces

Are you a historical or performance group, public speaking or tour group? Why not hold a one-off event at the theatre or make use of our ideally suited spaces?

Please contact Lucy Williamson to find out more by emailing


Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds offers a unique space of traditional Regency theatre, along with contemporary spaces to suit your needs. Here you'll find an intimate yet grand setting, working with the team to create your perfect day.

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Exterior of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

History of the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds 

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.