The current crisis has delivered a devastating blow to every sector of the community. Theatres are used to fighting for funding but as Theatre Royal is currently closed, almost all of our income has ceased.

We receive crucial public authority funding from Suffolk County Council and West Suffolk Councils, but this makes up a small percentage of what is needed to survive. We are very fortunate to have ongoing and loyal support from Patrons, Friends, Major and Corporate Sponsors – without whom (even in normal times) we simply could not survive – as a charity this support is vital to our survival. Theatre Royal received an Arts Council Emergency Response Grant to help us through this challenging time. This grant provides us with some breathing space but we need to build a bigger pot to raise the essential funds to start to re-open when lockdown eases.  Reopening a theatre is not straightforward – we need time and money to programme and promote the season; for our own shows we need to cast and rehearse, shows – our income will not simply leap back to what is what before the crisis.

Our campaign target is to raise £50, 000 to allow us to begin preparations to re-open Bury St Edmunds’ beloved playhouse.


Every £ you give will make a difference.

For 200 years Theatre Royal has brought significant economic benefit into our local economy. This Theatre brings joy to the town of Bury St Edmunds by bringing you the best live theatre, telling stories that inspire and welcoming big names in the world of theatre, television and film to their stage. Through our outreach programme we aim to inspire young people, to give local people a voice, to serve our community and to engage marginalised groups for whom theatre and the arts may otherwise be inaccessible.  As a theatre, we help and support our brilliant family of freelancers (writers, producers, set designers, technicians, actors to name but a few) to create new work. We are all so fortunate to live and work in this wonderful town and we know that by pulling together we can and will get through this crisis.