Summer School

Following the success of Our Day Out: The Musical in 2017, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is delighted to be running the Summer School project again in 2018 with a brand new professional production of Michelle Magorian’s

Goodnight Mister Tom


The dates of the Summer School are Monday, 6 August to Saturday, 8 September 2018.

Please note that, in the week beginning 2 September 2018, all the weekday performances will be in the evening.

We’ve already had the first stage of auditions but we are still looking for talented boys and girls aged 10 to 13 years old who can act and sing to play challenging key roles in the production. William and Zach are evacuated from London to the countryside where they meet Carrie, George and Ginnie; they all go through harrowing experiences but also the joy of forging strong new friendships. The successful applicants will need to be available from Mon 30 July right through the summer and including all of the scheduled performances. This project gives you an exciting opportunity to work either on stage alongside a professional cast (including Roy Hudd as the grumpy but lovable Mr Tom) or behind the scenes with Theatre Royal’s technical and production teams.


The cost to be a part of this amazing 5 week project is £200.00.

This can be paid in instalments and we do have a limited number of scholarship places available, please contact Natalie for more information. 



Youth Theatre

Aged 8-22?

Then the Theatre Royal Youth Theatre could be for you!

The Theatre Royal’s Youth Theatre is the only group in the area to be based around a working professional theatre, which means you get to learn from practitioners with industry experience, helping you grow in confidence and become a better performer.

If you are between the ages of 8 and 22 looking for an opportunity to develop your performance skills in a creative and professional environment, we have a variety of groups you can choose from.

No previous acting experience is necessary, just a passion and commitment to creating exciting pieces of drama!

Enrolling couldn’t be easier!

Contact Connie Dent, Associate Artist, Youth Theatre by email or call 01284 829933.


Ages 8-11

Mondays: 4.15pm to 5.45pm at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Saturdays: 10.30am to 12noon at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

The cost for this age group is £65 per term based on a 10-week time period.                                                     


Ages 12-16

Wednesdays: 5pm to 7pm at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Thursdays: 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Conservatoire EAST, West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds

The cost for this age group is £80 per term based on a 10-week time period.


Ages 16-22

Wednesdays: 7pm to 9.30pm at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

The cost of this group is £85 per term based on a 10-week time period.


Young Associates Programme

Theatre Royal runs a Young Associates programme for young people aged 18+, who are serious about pursuing a career in the arts.

Whether it’s acting, directing, writing, marketing, administration or technical – you can do it here!

This post will give you the chance to spend time at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds over the course of a year, during which time you’ll have the chance to explore your own creative skills and receive industry mentoring and guidance from theatre professionals.

If you are interested in any of our Youth Theatre groups or our Young Associates programme please contact Connie Dent, Associate Artist, Youth Theatre by email or call 01284 829933.

Holiday Workshops

These workshops are designed to give children aged 6-11 the opportunity to explore different theatrical styles & skills within a working Theatre during the school holidays. Each workshop has a unique theme and gives children the opportunity to develop key life skills, play with theatrical devices, make new friends and most importantly, have fun!

“Our daughter wanted to try acting and developed an interest through school and for me as a parent it was an amazing experience in confidence building,” Myths & Legends workshop parent.

“Our children loved the workshop – keep doing it!” Journeys workshop parent.

The workshops are great for children who are thinking about joining our Youth Theatre groups and would like a taster for the kind of work we do or just a bit too young to join in with our Young Company shows but would like to get involved. Below are all workshops we have coming up for this academic year:

Summer Holidays ’18

Tue 31 July – – 10am-3pm

Thu 2 Aug – – 10am-3pm

Fri 3 Aug – 10am-3pm

We will also be running workshops over the summer holidays looking at all things theatre. Come and be creative, act, sing, move, make new friends and improve your confidence!


All workshops are priced at £35 per person per day. Book all days within one theme and receive 20% off.

Special thanks to our sponsors Anglia Suspended Ceilings