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Coloratura Soprano, Christina Johnston will present an intimate evening of uplifting and iconic operatic and classical pieces accompanied by a pianist.
Further special fundraising events will follow. June 20th will see one of the foremost journalists and political experts in the UK, John Sergeant, joined by his friend Terry Waite CBE, English humanitarian and author, for a fascinating and fun evening of conversation. And on July 1 the hugely talented actor, humourist, writer and general raconteur Christopher Biggins will be on stage with one of his best mates, Birds of a Feather star, Lesley Joseph.
Now more than ever it is important to support the talent that Suffolk has to offer which is why the theatre is proud to have so many productions which feature local people performing on the stage: Irving Stage
Company and their musical
production of Company;
Bury St Edmunds Operatic
and Dramatic Society and
their production of
Sherlock Holmes’ most
spine-chilling mystery, The
Hound of the Baskervilles;
CTC Foundation College
and their Class of 20/21
Graduate Showcase and
Suffolk Young People’s
Theatre who will transport
us to the fantastical world
of Dr. Seuss in the musical
extravaganza – Seussical The
In line with Government
guidelines the first few
weeks of opening will be with socially distanced ‘bubble’ seating and a range of Covid-safe measures designed to give customers confidence in returning. The theatre have produced a handy customer information film showing audiences what they can expect when they return.
This can be viewed on the website at
From 22 June, if restrictions allow, the full auditorium will be back in use.
The spring/summer 2021 programme also features some shows rescheduled from last year – comedian Greg Byron, the Oddsocks Production of Comedy of Errors, fast-paced improv with Austentatious and comedy drama in the form of Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular sponsored by Ashtons Legal.
n All bookings can be made online at The Box Office is available to help with any queries by emailing The Box Office is not currently taking incoming calls. Audience members with access needs or those requiring assistance please email
our pick of May events in West Suffolk
Bury St Edmunds;
Wednesday 26th May, 8pm
Late 1950s London saw the
rise of the dirtiest, most
deliriously danceable music:
a heady mix of West Indian
Calypso, mambo, surf guitar,
classic Yiddish songs and English beat rhythms that they called 'der shvitz'. When years later it crossed the Atlantic in diluted form as 'the twist', its roots were forgotten by all but a select few in the know – those who recognise Willy Bergman, its founder and greatest bandleader, as the lost hero of the sex ‘n’ drugs British music revolution. Part of a series of socially distanced world music events. Tickets: £19 (inc £1 booking fee)
AN A TO Z OF ORCHESTRAL TRIANGLE PLAYING, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds; Thursday 27th May, 7:30pm
You are invited into the real world of the orchestral musician, and its many interesting characters. Join percussionist Mick Doran, Principal Percussion of English National Opera, for an evening that will be sure to entertain. Drawn from 30+ years’ experience working with the world’s greatest orchestras, conductors and soloists, this one-man show is full of humorous stories, reminiscences and opinion. Tickets: £15 (inc £1 booking fee)
BESSIE TURNER, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds; Friday 28th May, 8pm
One of Suffolk’s own, singer/songwriter Bessie Turner released her debut single in 2017 to great acclaim. After performing a live session for BBC Introducing in Suffolk, the single wound up with plays on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music. Six weeks into her career Bessie Turner was asked by BBC Introducing to appear at Latitude festival. Regularly played on Radios 2 and 6, Bessie has headlined the BBC Introducing Stages at Latitude, Reading and Leeds. Tickets £10 (inc. £1 booking fee).
CHRISTINA JOHNSON – COLORATURA SOPRANO, Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal; Sunday 30th May, 7:30pm
Internationally acclaimed Coloratura soprano Christina Johnston, born in Framlingham, and recently returned from making her name in Europe, will present an evening of iconic operatic and classical pieces, accompanied by pianist Geoff Lavery. This is a fundraising event to support Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Registered Charity Number 242977. Tickets from £14.50, which includes complimentary reopening champagne and programme.
Wednesday 12th May, 7:30-8:30pm
Leading With Humour take humour and comedy extremely seriously. As "comedy therapists", they are prescribing a virtual comedy show; each month, there are new international comedians to discover and interact with. It is a performance but there will also be a Q&A / discussion, so you can get to know the comedians and offer them a virtual beer! This event is free but you'll get a link to donate and support the comedians. The host is comedian Vanessa Marcie. Tickets (free) via
RICH HALL’S HOEDOWN DELUXE, Cambridge Junction; Thursday 27th May, 6:30pm and 9pm
Rich Hall’s comedy/music locomotive keeps on rollin’. Ever-evolving, ever- changing, Rich’s combination of keen acerbic stand-up combined with spit and sawdust alt-country lyricism is a real crowd pleaser. Fans keep returning because this show goes where other comedians wouldn’t dare: Barrow-in-Furness, for example. Tickets: £19
Due to the Covid pandemic all events are subject to change and venues will have social distancing, mask-wearing, booking by ‘bubble’, and sanitization protocols. It is advised that you check with the venue at booking and before travelling.
Agenda editor Andrew Deane
   The Glenister brothers will be in conversation at Bury’s Theatre Royal on Sunday May 23. Tickets from £12.50, including complimentary champagne and programme

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